Olympus SZ-20 - Test Shots: Exposure and Colour

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Here are some more general test shots taken with the Olympus SZ-20 – in effect a ‘best of’ –  to give an idea of performance when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the focal range provided.

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Shot at maximum zoom when using the camera handheld, again this is a little softer than we might have liked but when it’s the case of getting that spur of the moment shot or losing it, we’re prepared to live with that

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With two or three goes when shooting handheld at maximum telephoto you can strike lucky however – as with this compliantly posing duck. Again it could be sharper still, but having said that the degree of detail captured here isn’t bad at all

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Here’s an example of the result of applying one of Olympus’ Magic Filters – in this instance ‘Drawing’, which creates an etching like appearance. For us this seemed to work best for subjects that inherently possessed a lot of detail (here a shadow falling over a grassy lawn), otherwise it appeared as if someone had been at work with an eraser on sections of our image

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Choose your subject carefully and the magic filters can provide subtle enhancements to your subject matter without lending it an unrealistic appearance. Here pop art was selected to boost the natural colours, an effect that can otherwise at times lead to a rather garish look

Score in detail

  • Value 8
  • Design & Features 7
  • Image Quality 7

Features

Camera type Super Zoom
Megapixels (Megapixel) 16 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) 12.5x
Image Sensor 1/2.3-inch CMOS
Optical focal length 24-300mm in 35mm terms
Shutter speed 1/4 - 1/2000 s / < 4 s (Night scene)
Auto focus iESP, Face Detection AF, Spot, AF Tracking
Manual focus No
Max output resolution 4608 x 3456
Other resolutions 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 4608 x 2592, 1920 x 1080
Focus range 0.1m - ∞ (wide) / 0.9m - ∞ (tele)
Image Stabilisation Sensor Shift
ISO settings Auto, ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
LCD Monitor 3in, 460k dots
Viewfinder No
Flash range 0.1 - 5.7 m (ISO 1250) wide, 0.6 - 2.9 m (ISO 1250) tele
Flash modes AUTO, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Off
Video (max res/format) 640 x 480
Memory card slot SD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi
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