ENHANCED PERFORMANCE BEYOND THE STILL IMAGE.
The ultimate in point-and-shoot technology - this is the perfect pocket-sized camera for every occasion. Inside its ultra-slim design is a 16MP CMOS sensor that delivers superior image quality, 7fps High-Speed Continuous Shooting, and 1080p full HD movie capabilities. And with the Hand-Held Starlight mode, even the lowest light night shots are brilliant. Portable and easy to use, the SZ-20 goes wherever you do.
16 MEGAPIXEL HIGH-
SENSITIVITY CMOS SENSOR
Using a CMOS sensor, gain better image quality with less noise for improved image detail, especially in low-light situations.
FULL HD VIDEO
& HDMI CONTROL
The high-resolution 1080p HD movie capability allows you to capture high-quality full HD video for viewing on your HDTV. Then connect your camera to an HDTV and use its remote to play back your shots and slideshows from the best seat in the house. (HDMI ™ cable sold separately.)
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING (16MP)
Never miss a moment. With 7fps high-speed continuous shooting, capture the perfect shot by taking a sequence of images all at once. You'll have so many great shots you won't be able to share just one!
MAGIC ART FILTER STILL & MOVE
Add style and artistic flair to stills and movies with Olympus' Magic Art Filters. Joining Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, and Soft Focus are the new Punk, which creates a two tone image with a classic punk rock feel, Watercolor, which transforms images into frame-worthy paintings, and Sparkle, which adds a twinkle to your photos. (Effects vary by model.)
Captures three images and stitches them together to create one amazing panoramic picture by simply pressing the shutter button and slowly panning across a panoramic scene.
Beauty Mode lets you smooth a person's skin, removing unwanted wrinkles or blemishes. Additionally, make subtle edits, such as slightly emphasizing and brightening the eyes, with the post-capture feature: Beauty Fix.
An amazing 16 million pixels in the high-sensitivity CMOS sensor gains better image quality with less noise for improved image detail, especially in low-light situations.
12.5x SUPER WIDE-ANGLE OPTICAL ZOOM (24-300MM EQUIVALENT)
The 12.5x zoom lets you get incredibly close to your subject while the 24mm wide-angle lens lets you zoom out for panoramas, group shots and portraitures.
This huge 3.0" LCD features an extra-wide viewing angle and anti-glare technology for easier composing and shooting even in direct, bright sunlight.
1080p HD MOVIE & HDMI CONTROL
The high-resolution 1080p HD movie capability allows you to capture high-quality full HD video for viewing on your HDTV.
DUAL IMAGE STABILIZATION
Dual Image Stabilization combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to capture crisp, clear images in any situation.
Discover the depth of 3D stills. From macro shots to landscapes, Olympus’ 3D technology shoots two pictures and combines them into one image for a dramatic effect when viewed on a 3D device. Perfect for bringing your memories to life.
WI-FI COMPATIBILITY (WITH EYE-FI™ CARD)
No need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional Eye-Fi™ card.
Capture breathtaking panoramic views and vistas just as you remembered them, all in one frame and at the touch of a button, by simply panning the camera across the scene.
MAGIC FILTER STILL & MOVIE
Add style and artistic flair to stills and movies with Olympus’ Magic Art Filters. Joining Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, and Soft Focus are the new Punk, which creates a two tone image with a classic punk rock feel, Watercolor, which transforms images into frame-worthy paintings, and Sparkle, which adds a twinkle to your photos. (Effects vary by model)
Beauty Mode lets you smooth a person’s skin, removing unwanted wrinkles or blemishes. Additionally, make subtle edits, such as slightly emphasizing and brightening the eyes, with the post-capture feature: Beauty Fix.
AF Tracking automatically tracks unpredictable, fast-moving subjects such as kids and pets, and continuously adjusts the focus and brightness so you can capture these photogenic whirlwinds with ease.
Face Detection automatically focuses on your subjects' faces and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures.
A TruePic™ III+ Image Processor, first developed for professional digital SLRs, knows precisely how to deliver true-to-life color, the sharpest details, and less noise.
Image Sensor 16 Megapixels - CMOS Focal Length/Lens Configuration 4.2 – 52.5mm (24 – 300mm equivalent in 35mm photography) Zoom 12.5x Optical Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom Aperture Range f3.0 (W) / f5.9 (T) Display 3.0" LCD 460K dots Focus System CCD Contrast Detection Focus Range (from lens surface) Normal mode: Wide: 3.9" – ∞ (0.1m – ∞); Tele: 35.4" – ∞ (0.9m – ∞)
Macro mode: Wide: 3.9" – ∞ (0.1m – ∞); Tele: 35.4" – ∞ (0.9m – ∞)
Super Macro mode: 0.39" – ∞ (0.01m – ∞)
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, AF Tracking Shutter Speed 1/2500 sec. –1/4 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode) ISO Sensitivity (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (equivalent) Exposure Metering Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering White Balance Control Auto, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent 1) Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps Image File Format Still Image: JPEG
Number of Recorded Pixels 16MP (4,608 x 3456)
8MP (3,264 x 2,448)
5MP (2,560 x 1,920)
3MP (2,048 x 1,536)
2MP (1,600 x 1,200)
1MP (1,280 x 960)
VGA (640 x 480)
16:9 (4,288 x 2,416)
Motion Blur Suppression Dual Image Stabilization Shooting Modes 30 Shooting Modes;
Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization, Smart Panorama, 3D Mode, 8 Magic Filters, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. BEAUTY, 3. LANDSCAPE, 4. HAND-HELD NIGHT SCENE. 5. NIGHT SCENE, 6. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 7. SPORT, 8. INDOOR, 9. SELF PORTRAIT, 10. SUNSET, 11. FIREWORKS, 12. CUISINE, 13. DOCUMENTS, 14. BEACH & SNOW, 15. PET (Cat), 16. PET (Dog)), HD Movie
Magic Filter(Pop Art, Pinhole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Watercolor)
Continuous Shooting High speed: 30fps/40 images (5MP)
Normal speed: 9 fps / 8 images (16M)
Shooting Assist Functions Histogram, Frame Assist, Voice Recording Movie Mode HD: 1080p, 720p
VGA: 640 x 480
QVGA: 320 x 240
Image Processing TruePic™ III+ Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index Display (4x3, 6x5), Event, Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Protection, Histogram, Voice Playback
Movie: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame, Voice Playback
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Beauty Fix, Resize, Cropping, Saturation Flash Modes Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Flash Working Range Wide: 0.33ft (0.1m) – 22.0ft (6.7m) at ISO 1600
Tele: 2.95ft (0.9m) – 11.2ft (3.4m) at ISO 1600
Self-Timer 12/2 Seconds/ Pet auto-shutter Memory 59 MB internal memory Removable Media Card SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output)
HDMI Type D
Auto-Connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage) System Requirements Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA/7 with USB port, Mac OS X 10.3 or later with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA/7, Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.5
Power Source Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-50B)
Dimension 4.0"W x 2.5"H x 1.2"D
(102.4mm x 64.0mm x 30.4mm)
Weight 6.56oz (186g) without batteries and media card
Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.
SZ-20 Package Contents
- SZ-20 Digital Camera
- USB Cable & Charger (F-2AC)
- Audio/Video Cable
- Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50B)
- Quick Start Guide
- Instruction Manual & Software CD
- Neck Strap
- Warranty Card
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July 20, 2013
Very nice little camera
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
Excellent Product for the Price
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
Super value, performance and features!
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
These little camera might be worth buying again
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
This camera takes amazing photos
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
A nice-looking camera
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 and use.
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
very intuitive. Great features.
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
It?s a bad camera
While I was visiting Disney World, the camera failed an I could not take pictures of my family. We lost our precious memories.
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