A more general selection of test shots are revealed on this page and next to act as an evaluation of the Olympus SZ-20 in a variety of shooting conditions.
This extreme wide angle composition, shot at 24mm equivalent, shows the coverage possible with the Olympus. While detail is generally good and we are impressed with the colour tones straight out of the camera, to pick holes there is some softening towards the corners, but this is only really noticeable upon close inspection
By comparison an image shot handheld from the same vantage point but now at the telephoto end of the zoom to display the breadth of the focal range. A little softer, but again this is no surprise
Our regular rusty gate shot taken from a 100 yards or so back and toward the telephoto end of the zoom. There’s sufficient detail here to display the flaky paint and rusting metal and once again the colours and exposure are spot on
Whilst not the most visually stimulating of subject matter, here’s another example of the level of crispness achievable with the SZ-20’s lens and sensor combo, and at maximum wideangle this time. This shot has benefitted from a slight tweak to contrast to bring out the intricacies of the brick work
An example of the quality achievable when shooting automatic panoramas with the Olympus; the end result has a low resolution look and feel and there is some overlap where the tree branches haven’t quite synched up.