Olympus SZ-20 Review

May 19, 2011 | Gavin Stoker |


Image Sensor
Effective pixels 16 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Full resolution 16.8 Megapixels
Type 1/2.3 '' CMOS
Optical zoom 12.5 x (WIDE)
Focal length 4.2 - 52.5 mm
Focal length (equiv. 35mm) 24 - 300 mm
Maximum aperture 3.0 - 5.9
Structure 9 lenses / 8 groups
Aspherical glass elements 4
ED glass elements 2
Digital Zoom
Enlargement factor 4 x / 50 x combined with optical zoom
Resolution 460000 dots
Monitor size 7.6 cm / 3.0 ''
Monitor type TFT
Frame assistance Yes
Brightness adjustment +/- 2 levels
Protection panel Yes
Focusing System
Method TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
Modes iESP, Face Detection AF, Spot, AF Tracking
Standard mode 0.1m - ∞ (wide) / 0.9m - ∞ (tele)
Makro mode 0.1m - ∞ (wide) / 0.9m - ∞ (tele)
Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 1 cm
AF illuminator Yes
Light Metering
Modes ESP light metering, Spot metering
Histogram in shooting mode Yes
Exposure System
Modes i-Auto, Programme automatic, Scene Modes, Magic Filter, Panorama, Movie, 3D Photos
Shutter speed 1/4 - 1/2000 s / < 4 s (Night scene)
Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV / 1/3 steps
Enhancement function Mechanical Image Stabilizer
Shadow Adjustment Technology
Advanced Face Detection Technology
Pet Detection
Scene Modes
Number of scene modes 16
Modes Portrait, Beauty, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Hand-held Starlight, Sports, Indoor, Self-portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach and Snow, Pet (cat), Pet (dog)
Magic Filter
Types Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Water color
Auto AUTO / High AUTO
Manual ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White Balance
AUTO WB system Yes
Preset values Overcast, Sunlight, Tungsten, Flourescent 1
Internal Flash
Modes AUTO, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Off
Working range (wide) 0.1 - 5.7 m (ISO 1250)
Working range (tele) 0.6 - 2.9 m (ISO 1250)
Sequence Shooting
Sequential shooting mode (high speed) 15 fps / 34 frames (in 5MP mode)
7.0 fps / 3 frames (Full Image Size)
Sequential shooting mode 1.5 fps / 18 frames (Full Image Size)
Image Processing
Noise reduction Yes
Pixel mapping Yes
Engine TruePic III+
Shading compensation Yes
Distortion compensation Yes
Image Editing
Resize Yes
Trimming Yes
Correction of saturation Yes
Beauty Fix Yes
View Images
Modes Single, Index, Zoom, Slide show, Event, Photo Surfing
Index 4x3 / 6x5 frames
Zoom 1.1 - 10 x
Auto rotation Yes
Image protect mode Yes
Histogram in playback mode Yes
View Movie
Modes Frame by frame, Fast forward, Reverse playback
Still Image Recording
EXIF 2.21
DPS PictBridge
Movie Recording System
Image Stabilisation Mode Digital Image Stabilisation
Recording format MPEG-4
Magic Filter Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Water color
HD Movie quality 1080P Recording time: 29min.
720P Recording time: 29min.
VGA Recording time: no limit
Note: maximum file size 4GB
Sound Recording System
Sound recording Yes , format: AAC
Internal microphone Stereo
Image footage 4 s
Voice playback Yes
Speaker Yes
Removable Media SD / SDHC / SDXC
Internal memory 59 MB
Eye-Fi Card compatible Yes
Image Size
16M 4608 x 3456
8M 3264 x 2448
5M 2560 x 1920
3M 2048 x 1536
2M 1600 x 1200
1M 1280 x 960
VGA 640 x 480
16:9 4608 x 2592
1920 x 1080
Menu languages in camera 39
Other Features
Self timer 2 / 12 s Pet auto shutter
Perfect Shot Preview Yes
Menu guide Yes
In-camera Manual Yes
Panorama function Smart Panorama
Photo Surfing Yes
Date imprint Yes
Power Supply
Battery LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
Internal Charging Yes
DC input Yes
Combined A/V & USB output Yes
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
HDMI™ Yes Type D *
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Dimensions (W x H x D) 102.4 x 64.0 x 30.4 mm
Weight 186 g