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Olympus Stylus SZ-17 Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black) by Review Summary ,  Sep 28, 2015

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Olympus Stylus SZ-17 Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 238 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 2.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Size4.8   above average
Zoom4.8   above average
Light4.7   above average
Price4.7   average
Quality4.6   above average
Speed4.6   above average
Value4.6   average
Video4.6   above average
Photo4.5   average
Image4.3   average
Flash3.8   above average
Battery3.2   average


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Battery

Battery:
"I am not able to turn it ON only, until i remove the battery every time from the slot and push it again to the slot(at least 4 to 5 time to start), until it starts."
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"It's an easy fix to get the battery back into place and continue working, but it's annoying to have to do."
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"Removing the battery was the only solution as power button was unresponsive when this happened."
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"Batteries II: Nothing happens without good batteries."
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"I turned off the default reddish fill-in flash which was more annoying than helpful to save battery power."
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"I love the rechargeable batteries too!"
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"It's an easy fix to get the battery back into place and continue working, but it's annoying to have to do."
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"The battery has lasted pretty long for me even after my first few times using the camera, but my one concern is the battery door."
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"Also, I didn't delete or edit the photos on my camera since that eats batteries as well."
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"Battery life was good, but if you want to take lots of photos, get an extra battery since it did run out after while."
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Compact

Compact:
"By comparison, going to digital compacts has been a love hate journey."
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"Hate because none of the compact digitals I've owned (a Sony RX-100ii, Sony 30x G, Fuji F70, various Canon Powershots) could approximate or even approach the performance of sophisticated antiques anyone can still buy for $150."
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"love the zoom feature for a compact camera."
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"great lil camera takes excellent pics and is pretty compact and price is way better than the new version of it and id imagine the new one not much different and by the time i get tired of this one there will another discontinued model that fits the bill if you are not the avid bird sight seer then will will be great for you as i dont take but more than the occasional dozen pictures on the weekend of my (mans best friend) and if there is a special event or something"
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"By comparison, going to digital compacts has been a love hate journey."
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"I looked at the $1000 Fuji 100XT, a beautiful compact 35mm equivalent."
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"I would recommend this camera for any novice or professional who wants an excellent little compact camera for any and all occasions."
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Flash

Flash:
"I also have trouble finding a lighting situation that works indoors--the flash can wash stuff out or give weird coloring, but our regular indoor lighting is too dark for nice photos."
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"Clarity of night time pics is a real plus performance & delivers great low light pics w out annoying flash."
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"I turned off the default reddish fill-in flash which was more annoying than helpful to save battery power."
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"Even the dog's eyes look good w o flash."
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"So far it meets my expectations for the following: LCD screen view, pixels (16 megapixels), optical zoom is 24X (digital zoom available as well if necessary), great low-light quality (has a pop-up flash if necessary), grip (there is a convenient grip handle on the right side of the camera), and size (its small enough to carry around in your hand but probably too big for most apparel pockets)."
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"Clarity of night time pics is a real plus performance & delivers great low light pics w out annoying flash."
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"Pop up flash is perfect & well positioned out of the way (in the middle above the lens) for my taste."
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"I took a couple pics inside using the flash and they turned out well also."
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Image

Image:
"Not as user friendly as I would hoped it would and, has only fair image quality performance."
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"It can be really hard to get an image that isn't blurry, especially if your subject moves a bit, which kids always do."
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"Took with me on nature & hiking outing to catch wild life and scenic top views and rock over hangs my pictures turned out dull and the 20x zoom rendered some pics of some deer useless being fuzzy and lack luster my older Canon power shot sx120 is takes much better photo's and zoom has always performed well even after photo shop the pics with sz-17 never look as good as my Canon."
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"Clarity of night time pics is a real plus performance & delivers great low light pics w out annoying flash."
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"I am horribly disappointed in the photo quality for landscape photos."
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"The zoom is great and the image quality excellent."
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"Image stabilization works fairly well when zoomed in."
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"However, if you are looking for a digital camera with great quality image, great zoom, easy to use, feature full and flexible for traveling that you can slide in your pocket, then you shouldn't look any further."
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"great pics for the amateur that I am"
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"Zoom image stabilization work really well for a camera in this price range."
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Light

Light:
"Clarity of night time pics is a real plus performance & delivers great low light pics w out annoying flash."
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"just point and shoot, even under low light, and you get excellent quality shots."
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"It is light, fast, and takes wonderful pictures."
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"Divine intervention is welcome, because here are my requirements in order of priority:1) Fits into shirt, jeans, or jacket pocket2) Must take decent hand-held pictures in low light (up to ISO 800)3) More zoom is better zoom4) Must deploy, focus, and shoot FAST5) Should be cheap enough to replaceI looked at a $3000 Leica."
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"In Brief: Simple, Versatile Pocket Zoomer, Surprisingly Good in Low Light."
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"Pictures are colorful with decent low light performance."
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Performance

Performance:
"Not as user friendly as I would hoped it would and, has only fair image quality performance."
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"But it performed very well...This is the second Olympus I have had.."
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"With deals this good on cameras with this level of performance, there's really no need to settle for a smartphone camera if you're going on vacation, or even at family gatherings."
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"great value and performance"
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"Pictures are colorful with decent low light performance."
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"Also you get the intuitive Olympus interface, and excellent outdoor performance, that I have long been a fan of after trying so many compact cameras."
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Photo

Photo:
"Cons are the following: Not Wi-Fi enabled (most new camera models have this included), doesn't have a crispness to the photos (but that's because its a point-and-shoot and not a DSLR), not great for fast sport action shots even with the sport setting (again, that's because its a point-and-shoot and not a DSLR)."
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"I am horribly disappointed in the photo quality for landscape photos."
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"am looking for a polarizing filter...my landscape photos were not as spectacular as i would have liked..."
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"I also have trouble finding a lighting situation that works indoors--the flash can wash stuff out or give weird coloring, but our regular indoor lighting is too dark for nice photos."
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"Lots of zoom and fantastic photos! "
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"Who would've thought a small inexpensive camera can give you great quality photos!"
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"It is nice and small and takes decent photos."
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"That said, I've been very pleased with the ease of use and quality of photos I've gotten with it over the month I've owned it."
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Price

Price:
"For the price hard to beat."
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"She told me she was worried because even though it has good reviews the price is not alot so she was concerned."
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"I'd been looking for a new camera for a while, but no matter what brand or price of camera, the reviews all had a few negative comments that made me reconsider my purchase."
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"This little camera is the best little cheap lightweight camera i ever had, and I have had quite a few."
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"Good camera for the price."
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"The price has gone up considerably since we bought ours, but it compares very well with the other cameras in it's price range."
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"This was the least amount of money I've spent in a camera and it's the best money spent ever."
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Quality

Quality:
"Not as user friendly as I would hoped it would and, has only fair image quality performance."
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"Low quality pictures, automatic functions are confusing, bad experience overall."
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"I am horribly disappointed in the photo quality for landscape photos."
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"The zoom is great and the image quality excellent."
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"I was delighted with this camera, finding that it delivered excellent value -- fantastic quality and results for its category -- until this week, when it just died on me less than six months after purchase."
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"However, if you are looking for a digital camera with great quality image, great zoom, easy to use, feature full and flexible for traveling that you can slide in your pocket, then you shouldn't look any further."
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"just point and shoot, even under low light, and you get excellent quality shots."
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"Amazing quality and so easy to use"
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Size

Size:
"One small negative (but not enough to take away from the 5 star rating) is that the latch on the battery door is not spring-loaded, so the door will not stay closed if you do not move the latch to fasten it."
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"The long zoom is very hand and the camera size is good to carry in the backpack or even in the pocket."
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"Best small size digital camera I've had so far."
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"Who would've thought a small inexpensive camera can give you great quality photos!"
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"It is nice and small and takes decent photos."
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Speed

Speed:
"Cons are the following: Not Wi-Fi enabled (most new camera models have this included), doesn't have a crispness to the photos (but that's because its a point-and-shoot and not a DSLR), not great for fast sport action shots even with the sport setting (again, that's because its a point-and-shoot and not a DSLR)."
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"It is light, fast, and takes wonderful pictures."
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"LOVE the fast shutter speed."
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"Pictures are clear and the shutter speed is excellent."
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"nice pix, but slow to operate."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"Image stabilization works fairly well when zoomed in."
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"Zoom image stabilization work really well for a camera in this price range."
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"These videos demonstrate 24x zoom and effective dual image stabilization while walking."
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"You can see tiny details, and with the stabilization the focus on these details is great."
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"The image stabilization works really nice as well as low light pictures."
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Value

Value:
"Technology feels a bit dated but still a good value."
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"I was delighted with this camera, finding that it delivered excellent value -- fantastic quality and results for its category -- until this week, when it just died on me less than six months after purchase."
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"Good value."
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"Great value, does what I need it to"
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"Great value for the money."
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"great value and performance"
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Video

Video:
"Facebook does not do a great job of compression regarding videos."
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"Part of his joy comes from that fact that this camera performs as well (and sometimes better) than cameras on which we have spent far more in the past (including a semi-pro digital video camera we spent over $1,000 for about 12 years ago).Granted, the video function has some drawbacks: the zoom is VERY harsh (not smooth subtle at all), and the sound drops out momentarily during the split second zoom."
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"Video is surprisingly very good."
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"Able to take pictures and video from moving buses, boats and on land."
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"It takes great pictures and clear videos."
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"It satisfies my 5 requirements, plus its HD video is better than anyone can expect at this price point."
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"I took pictures of other wildlife with the video feature and again, they turned out well."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The zoom pictures are not as clear as I expected - grainy."
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"Part of his joy comes from that fact that this camera performs as well (and sometimes better) than cameras on which we have spent far more in the past (including a semi-pro digital video camera we spent over $1,000 for about 12 years ago).Granted, the video function has some drawbacks: the zoom is VERY harsh (not smooth subtle at all), and the sound drops out momentarily during the split second zoom."
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"The zoom is great and the image quality excellent."
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"Everything is very crisp and clear, the zoom is amazing."
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"Image stabilization works fairly well when zoomed in."
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"The long zoom is great!"
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"Takes great pictures and zoom is really good."
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