As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-12 is also often compared to super zooms. The Olympus SZ-12's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus SZ-15 and the SZ-31MR) and Polaroid (such as the Z2300 Instant Digital Camera)

Competitor classes

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, compared to other travel zoom competitors the Olympus SZ-12 doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.6 fps vs 10 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
1 year newer
$388

Significant advantages of the SZ-15 (vs the SZ-12)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-15 (vs the SZ-12)

  • None found

common strengths of the SZ-15 and SZ-12

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3

Olympus SZ-31MR

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
similar age
$341

Significant advantages of the SZ-31MR (vs the SZ-12)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-31MR (vs the SZ-12)

  • None found

common strengths of the SZ-31MR and SZ-12

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
similar age

Significant advantages of the ZS20 (vs the SZ-12)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the ZS20 (vs the SZ-12)

  • None found

common strengths of the ZS20 and SZ-12

  • None found

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340
similar age
$107

Significant advantages of the VR-340 (vs the SZ-12)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the VR-340 (vs the SZ-12)

  • None found

common strengths of the VR-340 and SZ-12

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-12 compared to other digicam competitors include: it has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it is older (january 2012 vs june 2012).

Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera
5 months newer
$88

Significant advantages of the Instant Digital Camera (vs the SZ-12)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Instant Digital Camera (vs the SZ-12)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the Instant Digital Camera and SZ-12

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-12 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), is slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs professional size (124×86×94 mm)), is newer (january 2012 vs april 2011), is thinner (1.6" vs 3.7") and is significantly lighter (226 g vs 589 g).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.6 fps vs 5 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX
9 months older

Significant advantages of the Z990 MAX (vs the SZ-12)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Z990 MAX (vs the SZ-12)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly thicker: 3.7" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly heavier: 589 g vs 226 g

common strengths of the Z990 MAX and SZ-12

  • Fairly small: Professional size (124×86×94 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 1.6"
  • Light weight: 589 g vs 226 g