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The Olympus SZ-14 is a pocketable 14-megapixel travel-zoom camera offering a 24x optical zoom with a focal range of 25-600mm, TruePic III+ processing engine, sensor-shift image stabilisation, “Advanced Face Detection” and “Shadow Adjustment” technologies, a range of Magic Filters, in-camera panorama stitching, 3D photo shooting, 720p HD videos with “Multi-motion Movie IS” and Eye-Fi memory card compatiblity. The Olympus SZ-14 is officially priced at £199 / €229 in the UK and Europe respectively. Following on from last Spring's SZ-20 and SZ-30 models, which boasted 12.5x and 24x optical zooms respectively, the SZ-14 is Olympus' new ‘Super Zoom' on the block, the latest addition to what the company is calling its ‘traveller' series. Unlike the SZ-30 it doesn't feature a GPS antenna to appeal to those looking for the ultimate holiday/vacation camera perhaps, but it does match its 24x optical reach plus also retails for a very affordable 199.
Back last year, the 24x (25-600 mm) zoom lens in the SZ-30 MR stood out in a market in which even high-end superzooms maxed out at 18x. One year down the line it's still a record-holder, and now Olympus is rolling out this lens into the mid-range SZ-14. In terms of design and handling, the SZ-14 is almost identical to last year's SZ-30 MR, and still feels like a cross between a bridge and a compact. It's a pretty simple camera, with a basic interface that's easy to get the hang of using. Plus, the camera's weight feels more nicely balanced than the average bridge. The grip handle is made from smooth plastics which, as well as picking up fingerprints, aren't particularly flattering. That said, build quality is generally good. The screen uses TN LCD technology, which is no real surprise in this mid-range model. In fact, the higher-end SZ-30 was loaded with the same kind of screen last year. All in all, it's not great. As well as the relatively tight viewing angles that go hand in hand with TN technology, light greys are soon washed out to white and colour fidelity leaves a lot to be desired (we measured the Delta E at 11.8, when it should be 3 or under for accurate colours).
Sitting mid-way up the Olympus range of travel-friendly compact cameras, the Olympus SZ-14 sports a good range of features for a pocket-friendly price. A 14-megapixel CCD sensor should provide ample resolution, even for large prints. Although CCD sensors generally don't perform as well as the newer backlit CMOS technology found in cameras higher up the Olympus range, sensitivities up to ISO 1600 are available.The headline feature that draws the most attention is the huge 24x zoom range, providing an angle of view equivalent to a 25-600mm lens on a 35mm camera, in a body only 39.5mm thick.This range is perfect for those on the move, with the 600mm equivalent telephoto zoom being perfect for picking out distant details, whereas the 25mm equivalent wide angle should be ample for shooting in claustrophobic environments and for squeezing plenty of the scene into the image.A Panorama mode is also included for capturing even wider scenes.Because holding such a long telephoto lens steady can be difficult at the best of times, the Olympus SZ-14 comes equipped with Dual Image Stabilisation.
Of Olympus' latest releases, the SZ-14 is my favourite. It strikes a careful balance between features and size, packing a 14-megapixel sensor and an impressive 24x optical zoom into a chassis roughly the size of a pack of cards.You can get your hands on one for a typical price of around £180, or you could hunt one down online for as little as £160. It looks great and feels just as good. The hand grip is smooth and glossy, but chunky enough to still give good purchase. It's perfectly balanced by a small thumb rest at the back, and the shutter and zoom rocker fall right beneath your index finger. The 24x optical zoom itself is equivalent to 25-600mm on a regular 35mm camera. Around the back, as well as the usual collection of playback, delete and movie record buttons, there's a small thumbwheel for navigating menus and playing back photos. If you turn it quickly enough during playback mode, the pictures shrink down to a series of thumbnails scattered along a timeline. This is an interesting approach, but the timeline scrolls quite slowly, so you'd actually do better clicking back and forth between your full-screen images instead. You can shrink down your photos to a timeline of thumbnails, but it's easier to scroll through your shots in full size.
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