Camera chit chat – my Olympus SZ-14 24x zoom

I bought this about two months ago and have used it enough and in enough situations to have a few observations.

  • price was $129
  • compact to easily fit in a coat pocket
  • I like the pronounced bulged grip
  • not so crazy about the tiny wrist strap, I am looking for a replacement
  • no evf or optical viewfinder, but a nice back panel to take an review photos
  • I shoot mainly in Program mode, more control over settings
  • sometimes use SCN mode as well
  • SD card
  • battery is rechargeable, shoots for a longish time, no problem with it so far.

The SZ14 indoors at night is perhaps a little too confident about its image stabilization ability.  With ISO set to Auto, it often chooses 1/4 of a second, which produces mixed results.  It is possible to chang ISO in Program Mode to ISO HIGH, but the camera is still cocky and only raises shutter speed to a less than quick 1/15th of a second.  Part of the blame is my home is not terribly well illuminated and has lots of dark wood panelling, circa 1970 in it.

To be honest given how well this camera works generally, I am still working out if it isn’t me doing something dumb that is creating this dark at night slow shutter speed problem.

Other than this slight quirk, I like the SZ14 and carry it with me often becasue it is small, compact enough to be pocketable, and takes decent pictures.  It also cost just $129.00

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