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

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Advantages

Olympus SZ-12 over Olympus SZ-16

  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    18 vs 3 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Olympus SZ-16 over Olympus SZ-12

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

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The Competition

Compared to Olympus SZ-30MR

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

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
Olympus SZ-16
Pentax VS20
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Longer battery life
  • $124
  • 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
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bulb shutter
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More dots on screen
Olympus SZ-16
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Newer
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More dots on screen

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
Olympus SZ-16
Olympus SZ-15
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Longer exposure
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Olympus SH-50

Olympus SZ-12
Olympus SH-50
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bulb shutter
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Shoots 1080p video
Olympus SZ-16
Olympus SH-50
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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