LCD and Viewfinder
Olympus SZ-10 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 460k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
SZ-10 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Olympus SZ-10 can shoot continuously at max speed of 1 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.
Unfortunately SZ-10 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Olympus SZ-10 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Olympus SZ-10 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Olympus SZ-10, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30,15 fps and save in and Motion JPEG formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution .
SZ-10 has a built-in Mono microphone but no speaker.
Olympus SZ-10 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Olympus XZ-2 iHS or Nikon Coolpix P7000 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect SZ-10 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Olympus SZ-10 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 220 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Olympus SZ-10 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Olympus SZ-10 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Olympus SZ-10 is $299.99