LCD and Viewfinder
Olympus SZ-16 iHS 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-16 iHS 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-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (Compare) or Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Olympus SZ-16 iHS can shoot continuously at max speed of 2 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.
Unfortunately SZ-16 iHS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Olympus SZ-16 iHS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Olympus SZ-16 iHS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Olympus SZ-16 iHS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30 fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 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-16 iHS also a high speed mode where it captures videos at 240 fps for ultra slow motion videos. SZ-16 iHS has a built-in Mono microphone and a Mono speaker.
Olympus SZ-16 iHS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Samsung PL120 or Samsung SH100 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect SZ-16 iHS to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Olympus SZ-16 iHS 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 254 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-16 iHS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Olympus SZ-16 iHS Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Olympus SZ-16 iHS is $229.99