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So this camera is an excellent, pocket sized camera with a zoom that is more than enough for a human. The adjustability of this camera is limited, it has micro, ISO adjustments, timer, multi shot and others although these are not that immediately accessible so whilst they can be adjusted this is really more a point and shoot unit but I do not despise it for that.
The camera has a great selection of what it calls 'magic' functions such as fish eye, sketch, reflection, sparkle and lots of others including panorama and 3D. I have a Sony RX and other high price quality cameras and all I would say is that price is not necessarily a guide to quality and when you strip away all the snobbery, etc, the affordable Olympus is a tremendous little unit for the money that is also easy to hold.
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It is better than many similarly priced or more expensive cmos based units in my opinion. Better image quality that is. One person found this helpful. Neither is as easy to use as the sweep panorama function championed by Sony and now rolled out across many competitors.
I found even the auto setting somewhat hit and miss. I set the SZ the task of capturing a panorama of this outdoor bathing pool: I chose this overcast bathing pool as the subject for my panorama tests click image to enlarge. It soon became obvious you had to be very careful where you stood to avoid getting kinks in the image, and for the target system to recognise that you had indeed moved the camera.OLYMPUS SZ-14 digital camera test zoom
If there wasn't sufficient variation in the scene, the target had a tendency to move as you turned the camera through the arc of the scene. This meant that it never lined up with the spot and so the shutter wouldn't fire. Of our eight attempts, the one below was the most successful.
Clicking to reveal the full-size image will show a slight kink in the back wall of the pool, a third of the way in from the right, and a misalignment of the sea wall, a third of the way in from the left.
This is the best of eight attempts to shoot a panorama of the scene from closer quarters. There are still minor imperfections in the result click image to enlarge.
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There's a 3D mode too, but whereas the Olympus VG shoots old-fashioned 'flat' 3D, with red and cyan overlays that you view through bundled glasses, the SZ instead shoots images designed for playback on 3D-enabled TVs. You can hook it up using an HDMI cable. It uses a similar principle to the panorama shooting mode, which relies on you turning the camera so that your first and second shots overlap, but this time without the spot and target.
In the past I have seen some Olympus digital cameras add a purple tinge to blue lines and that is the case here too.
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Outdoor Scenic Shot 2 As with many digital cameras this shot is much sharper in the centre. Away from the centre the sharpness of the picture reduces.
Vertical lines fall in slightly near the edges of the shot. The lens also suffers quite heavily from purple fringing. This is where a purple line is added to the edge of objects where they are caught by the sun.
Although this is another issue that you will only notice with larger prints it is more of a problem with this camera than with most others.
Outdoor Scenic Shot 3 This photo has a hazy look. This again suggests you will need to keep print sizes small to get crisp looking photos. It is not easy to explain why this has happened. It may be that when the lens is zoomed right in not enough light is captured and noise starts to cause problems.
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Outdoor Building With the lens only partially zoomed in the SZ performs much better. There is a fall off in focusing as you move out to the edges of the shot, but overall the level of definition showing in the photo is much improved on the photo where the zoom lens is fully extended. Outdoor Portrait All digital cameras find it much easier to produce sharp, clear photos when the subject is closer in. That is the case here with the SZ finding itself much more at home with a standard outdoor portrait in good light.
The camera emits just the right amount of light. This ensures there is enough light to remove any shadows, but does not wash colour from the shot. In fact there is plenty of colour showing in the skin tones.