Olympus reveals the superzoom SZ-10Popular camera range boosted by new HS model

08 February 2011

Olympus has launched the SZ-10, a superzoom camera with a far-reaching 28-504mm lens.

Cameras with large zooms are nothing new, but a lot of them are rather bulky. The SZ-10 is a good deal smaller than most. It will be available this month for a recommended retail price of around £200.

Olympus has been making superzoom cameras for several years. If the 28-504mm lens on this camera isn't enough for you, have a look at our full review of the Olympus SP-800UZ with a huge 28-840mm lens.

Olympus SZ-10

The Olympus SZ-10 is available in black or silver


The 14Mp SZ-10 features image stabilisation and a 3-inch LCD screen. There's a beauty mode for hiding unwanted blemishes on skin, and a pet detection mode. With pet detection, the camera will automatically take a shot when it detects a dog or cat looking at the camera.

Video on this camera is captured in HD, but at just 720p resolution. Most cameras that capture HD movies do so at 720p, but if you're very keen on highest possible quality look out for the small number of cameras that take it at 1080p. One of these is the Canon Ixus 1000 HS.

3D shooting mode

The Olympus SZ-10 also has a 3D shooting mode. The 3D effect works by capturing two shots at different angles, which can be taken in automatic or manual modes. Bear in mind that to view any pictures in 3D you will need a 3D compatible device such as a 3DTV.

See our in-depth digital camera reviews for full results of over 240 models.

Creativity and connectivity

Like some other recent Olympus cameras, this one has digital art filters for adding effects to your photos and movies. Pop Art, Fish Eye, Soft Focus and Watercolour are a few of these.

To transfer photos, you can use Eye-Fi cards allowing for direct and automatic wi-fi transfer from the camera to a computer. You can of course use more traditional methods such as connecting with a USB cable or a USB memory card reader.

You can also use the USB port and cable to charge the camera's battery via a computer, as an alternative to mains power.

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