by Anura Guruge
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Deanna now swears by this $149 Olympus Stylus SZ-16 we got from BuyDig.com. She thinks it is the BEST point-and-shoot she has ever had. She loves that she can take good, IN FOCUS pictures with it, in ‘IA’ intelligent mode, while she is a passenger in a car. When we were in Arizona, in April, (where I did all of the 1,490 miles we drove in 5 days), Deanna shot hundreds of pictures while we were moving. Most came out well. So we have a good record of the road trip thanks to this little camera.
It is a 16 MP (megapixel) camera with a 6.16 x 4.62 mm (1/2.3″) sensor. That is a small sensor BUT it takes very decent pictures especially IF all you intend to do with them is display them on the Web or look at them on a screen.
That it has a 24x zoom, with a max. f/3 aperture is a bonus. The autofocus is good and it does panorama.
Deanna took these two pictures with her Olympus. Click to ENLARGE. As you can see it is NOT bad at all. There is good detail. Yes, you will not get a very good LARGE print but that is not what these cameras are for.
The sensor in this camera is surprisingly small. But you can’t argue with the quality. Here is a comparison. So the APS-C sensor in my much, much larger Canon T3i, is of course, much, much larger.
Bottom line: For $149, with free shipping, it is hard to beat this Olympus, for practical use, especially when travelling, for all-round versatility and very good image quality. After we got back from Arizona Deanna managed to lose her Olympus with a 32GB memory card in it. We searched for weeks. We now think that somebody took it! Given that she previously had a Panasonic I got her a new Panasonic ahead of our trip to Acadia in June. She hated that Panasonic — and that is another post. She returned it to Amazon telling them she didn’t like the picture quality. Then she ordered another from BuyDig.com. Olympus used to be a STORIED name in photography. In the 1970s I owned an Olympus Reflex camera. Loved it. Now after Deanna’s experience I am going to start looking at some ‘larger’ Olympus camera.