• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.0x zoom 25mm - 600mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 20.0x zoom 28mm - 560mm (35mm equiv.)

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Advantages

Olympus SZ-15 over Pentax VS20

  • Lens zoom ratio
    24.0x vs 20.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Newer
    19 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Pentax VS20 over Olympus SZ-15

  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Longer shutter
    4 vs 2 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • 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-12

Olympus SZ-15
Olympus SZ-12
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • $126
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer shutter
  • Bulb shutter
Pentax VS20
Olympus SZ-12
  • $250
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $126
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • HDMI out

Compared to Olympus SZ-16

Olympus SZ-15
Olympus SZ-16
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $146
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • 1080p
  • Longer shutter
Pentax VS20
Olympus SZ-16
  • $250
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • $146
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • 1080p

Compared to Olympus SH-50

Olympus SZ-15
Olympus SH-50
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • 1080p
Pentax VS20
Olympus SH-50
  • $250
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon L620

Olympus SZ-15
Nikon L620
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $143
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • 1080p
Pentax VS20
Nikon L620
  • $250
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Manual focus
  • $143
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • 1080p

Compared to Canon SX700 HS

Olympus SZ-15
Canon SX700 HS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $301
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
Pentax VS20
Canon SX700 HS
  • $250
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $301
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
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