July 20, 2013
I like this camera, I've had it for a couple years. My only complaint would be that the LCD screen does not accurately portray the brightness of the image. The image usually looks washed out. However when you download your images to your PC, they look correct. I'm not at all sure what causes this. An auto pop-up flash would have been nice too, but not a deal breaker.
July 21, 2012
Having used other digital cameras before, I was greatly impressed with the Olympus' ability to display in bright light. This is a feature that actually drew me to this camera to start with. I still have things to learn yet on the operation, but I already enjoy the use and screen of this camera.
July 11, 2012
I had been tracking a number of other compact digital, long zoom cameras because I was interested in replacing an entry level digital camera bought about five years ago from a computer manufacturer. That old camera (4.1 MP/2X zoom) served me well, although I sort of got used to a failure rate of about 50% for pictures taken. The zoom was useless. The SZ-20 is just what I was looking for and more. It suits me fine for pictures of family and flowers, movies, great zooms and 4" closeups too! It is suitable for intermediate and advanced photographers who want a more automatic and lightweight alternative to a DSLR. Plan on studying the 80+ page pdf manual; it is worth your time so that you can customize settings to your liking. I have ordered accessories to complement. Would say the deciding factor in purchasing was the price and comparable and/or superior features and build over other brands. GPS is lacking but not missed.
July 06, 2012
I lost my precious little camera, but it left me many good pictures. I went back to my old sp-350 it is an 8mp but the pictures are just as amazing not to mention it’s super macro abilities and it’s time-laps picture option. I think I will wait for the xz-2 to come out. Please Olympus leave the xz-1 camera as is only upgrade on the soft image in jpg everyone is talking about on the forums and if possible the focus issue in movies.
June 11, 2012
We bought this camera to replace an old X brand camera that recently died . I had been using a borrowed Olympus fe from my niece that I just could not get consistent decent photos from , she had replaced it with a SZ10 that was just Awesome !
After seeing the results from her SZ10 I had made up my mind it was going to be one of these SZ models . I decided on the SZ20 which after using left me a bit disappointed with the zoom but everything else was just amazing & exceeded my expectations .If I had to do over I would of got the SZ30 series for the added zoom but , but this camera will not let you down it takes beautiful photos .
May 30, 2012
I was initially attracted to this camera by its looks. Olympus seems to make attractive cameras and I think this is smart of them. But the camera also has all the latest features so this makes it a good buy as well. It is very simple to navigate through the on-screen menus. The 3" screen is very clear. All the basics are there and all the advanced features too. A very nice camera, indeed.
May 02, 2012
excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent !
January 11, 2012
very easy to set up has cd with kit . I still like to use a veiw finder but the big screen is good too. It does autofocus well only one piture did not come out well so far. Zoom works great clear if you hold still. Got extra batterys for it and a small tri-pod. No red eye from my pet thats a plus.
October 22, 2011
I've had this camera for a week. Great features at its price point! Very intuitive in it's use. I was able to start taking pictures right out of the box once the battery charged. So far I am very satisfied! You need to understand the shooting modes and settings so you get the results you want. If you take a few minutes to read about and familiarize yourself with the camera and all its options you get great pictures !
October 05, 2011
While I was visiting Disney World, the camera failed an I could not take pictures of my family. We lost our precious memories.
October 03, 2011
I was so dissatisfied I returned he camera the next day. Picture quality was extremely poor, color was not vivid and every shot I took, outdoor indoor, various lighting has some blurriness to it. Images were just not sharp. Additionally changing to the various setting was just not user friendly. Also no user manual included with camera. You had to download it online and there was no way I was going to print and carry around an 82 page document.
September 19, 2011
We have only had this camera for a couple of weeks and am getting to know all of the features but it does so much that I am not sure we will ever use all of the great features. We are getting ready to do a cross country trip and plan on using this camera extensively.