OLYM­PUS STY­LUS SZ-16

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Smartshopper Road Test -

$298, from ma­jor elec­tri­cal stores SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS 16-megapixel res­o­lu­tion, 24x op­ti­cal zoom, 3-inch screen. Not Wi-Fi en­abled. SIZE Tip­ping the scales at 227g, this cam­era is bulky but the most er­gonomic. US­ING IT It was the eas­i­est to nav­i­gate with its up, down, left, right and OK but­tons. PER­FOR­MANCE This has the high­est op­ti­cal zoom – I could home in on faces 12m away. At 24x op­ti­cal zoom, pho­tos and words on the no­tice­board were sharp and dis­tinct, al­beit a bit grainy. But it made a soft click­ing sound each time I fo­cused my shot, which I found an­noy­ing. Pic­tures taken in auto mode had a red­dish hue, so por­traits looked un­nat­u­rally warm – I had to tweak the set­tings man­u­ally for a more nat­u­ral tone. EF­FECTS The 11 fil­ters in­clude minia­ture, re­flec­tion, sparkle (adds stars to light sources) and pin­hole. I liked the dra­matic fil­ter best, which gave my pho­tos a grungy, high-con­trast ef­fect. There’s also a beauty mode to add “makeup” to por­traits. VER­DICT Gets you clos­est to dis­tant ob­jects, but the colours of the pho­tos are the most un­nat­u­ral.

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