• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus SZ-12 advantages over Olympus SZ-16

  • Less expensive
    $200 vs $230 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    18 vs 3 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Olympus SZ-16 advantages over Olympus SZ-12

  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 270 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.0 fps vs 0.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SZ-30MR
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bulb shutter
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Olympus SZ-16
Olympus SZ-30MR
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Pentax VS20

Olympus SZ-12
Pentax VS20
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • HDMI out
  • $106
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Olympus SZ-16
Pentax VS20
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • HDMI out
  • $106
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Olympus SZ-31MR

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bulb shutter
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
Olympus SZ-16
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Olympus SZ-15

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SZ-15
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Bulb shutter
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Olympus SZ-16
Olympus SZ-15
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Longer exposure
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Olympus SH-1

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SH-1
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bulb shutter
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus SZ-16
Olympus SH-1
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
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