• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 25mm - 600mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 25mm - 550mm (35mm eq.)

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Advantages

Olympus SZ-12 over Nikon S9500

  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    18 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Nikon S9500 over Olympus SZ-12

  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More dots on screen
    614k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    18.1 vs 14.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.5 fps vs 0.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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The Competition

Compared to Pentax VS20

Olympus SZ-12
Pentax VS20
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • HDMI out
  • $124
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Higher extended ISO
Nikon S9500
Pentax VS20
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $124
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Olympus SZ-31MR

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bulb shutter
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More dots on screen
Nikon S9500
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Olympus SZ-15

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SZ-15
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Nikon S9500
Olympus SZ-15
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Panasonic ZS30

Olympus SZ-12
Panasonic ZS30
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $284
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon S9500
Panasonic ZS30
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $284
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Panasonic ZS25

Olympus SZ-12
Panasonic ZS25
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bulb shutter
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Thinner
Nikon S9500
Panasonic ZS25
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Higher extended ISO
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