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Olympus SZ-10 vs Samsung WB700 Digital Camera Comparison Test

Olympus SZ-10 vs Samsung WB700 Digital Camera Comparison Test - Daniel Bell compares two 18x optical zoom cameras, the Olympus SZ-10 and Samsung WB700.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : SZ-10
Price : £28
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Verdict
Specification



Recently on ePHOTOzine, we have reviewed the Olympus SZ-10 and Samsung WB700, both cameras with 18x optical optical zoom and both scoring four out of five. Now we take a further look to decide which of these super-zoom cameras is the best.



Olympus SZ-10 vs Samsung WB700 Features

As mentioned, both cameras have an 18x optical zoom lens, with the SZ-10 being a 35mm equivalent of 28 - 504mm and the Samsung being 24 - 432mm. Although the Samsung therefore doesn't have as much reach, it does offer 24x smart zoom which extends it to 576mm. Both cameras also have a similar resolution, with a 14 megapixel sensor found on the SZ-10 and a 14.2 megapixel on the WB700.

Other key differences between the two cameras are 3D shooting, panoramics and a minimum focus distance of just 1cm on the SZ-10, with the Samsung offering full manual controls and ISO up to 3200.



Key features:


Olympus SZ-10 Samsung WB700
  • 18x wide optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28 - 504mm)
  • 14 megapixel sensor
  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • 720p HD Movie and HDMI Control
  • 3 inch TFT LCD screen
  • Magic Filters
  • iAuto
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 1cm minimum focus distance
  • Panoramics
  • 3D photo shooting mode
  • 18x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 24 - 432mm)
  • 14.2 megapixel sensor
  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • 720p HD movie recording
  • 3 inch TFT LCD screen
  • Smart Filter
  • Smart Auto 2.0
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 3cm minimum focus distance
  • Motion capture mode
  • Full manual controls




Olympus SZ-10 vs Samsung WB700 Handling

There is very little difference in the size and shape of the cameras, with the SZ-10 being slightly heavier and bigger. The SZ-10 benefits from rubber grips on the front where you place your right fingers, and one on the back for your thumb. Both cameras have easy to use menus and similar buttons. On the SZ-10 the D-pad rotates so you can cycle through menu options quicker but in terms of buttons the clear difference is the mode dial on the WB700.

If you are a regular tripod user, the WB700 has a metal tripod socket placed in the centre of the camera. Both cameras have 3 inch screens and neither presented a problem when viewing in various different lighting conditions.

The continuous shooting modes on both cameras are quite different. The SZ-10 shoots full sized images at about 0.9fps, switching to High-speed 1 yielded 4.9 fps and High-speed 2 gave 10 fps although the image size is limited to 5 and 3 megapixels respectively. The WB700 shoots full size images at 1 fps. If you want more, the camera has motion capture mode, which shoots 5 fps, with the image size restricted to 640 x480, so not ideal for large prints.

Olympus SZ-10 vs Samsung WB700 Performance

At first glance of the images, it is clear that the Olympus SZ-10 offers better colour reproduction, with the Samsung WB700 images looking duller in comparison. View the images at full size and it is very clear the Olympus offers much better detail and the Samsung has more purple fringing. When shooting macros, the Olympus has a minimum focus distance of just 1cm, allowing you to get in much closer than the Samsung, with a minimum focus distance of 3cm.

Olympus SZ-10   Samsung WB700
Wide-angle | 1/160 sec | f/9.3 | 5.0 mm | ISO 64
Wide-angle | 1/160 sec | f/9.3 | 5.0 mm | ISO 64
  Wide-angle | 1/250 sec | f/5.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Wide-angle | 1/250 sec | f/5.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/320 sec | f/4.4 | 90.0 mm | ISO 64
Full optical zoom | 1/320 sec | f/4.4 | 90.0 mm | ISO 64
  Full optical zoom 18x | 1/250 sec | f/5.8 | 73.0 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom 18x | 1/250 sec | f/5.8 | 73.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/4 sec | f/3.7 | 11.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/4 sec | f/3.7 | 11.0 mm | ISO 100
  Macro | 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 320
Macro | 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 320

The Olympus SZ-10 ISO range starts at 64, with the Samsung WB700's starting at 80. There is more noise evident at these lowest levels on the SZ-10 images. Each camera has ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600, and in direct comparison, noise is always better on the WB700. The WB700 has ISO 3200, which produces better looking images than the SZ-10's ISO 1600.

Olympus SZ-10 ISO test images


Samsung WB700 ISO test images


With a wider lens, the Samsung should be more suitable for landscapes, but in landscape mode the Olympus takes pictures which look warmer with brighter colours. The WB700 takes a more flattering portrait picture, with much better skin tones. The two zoom pictures below show the slightly better zoom capabilities of the SZ-10, allowing you to get in closer without using a digital or smart zoom.

Olympus SZ-10   Samsung WB700
Landscape | 1/100 sec | f/9.3 | 5.0 mm | ISO 64
Landscape | 1/100 sec | f/9.3 | 5.0 mm | ISO 64
  Landscape | 1/250 sec | f/5.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 80
Landscape | 1/250 sec | f/5.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 80
1/125 sec | f/3.9 | 13.8 mm | ISO 100
Portrait | 1/125 sec | f/3.9 | 13.8 mm | ISO 100
  Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.4 | 14.3 mm | ISO 120
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.4 | 14.3 mm | ISO 120
Zoom 2 | 1/250 sec | f/4.4 | 90.0 mm | ISO 100
Zoom 2 | 1/250 sec | f/4.4 | 90.0 mm | ISO 100
  1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 69.3 mm | ISO 80
1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 69.3 mm | ISO 80
Zoom 3 | 1/250 sec | f/4.4 | 90.0 mm | ISO 160
Zoom 3 | 1/250 sec | f/4.4 | 90.0 mm | ISO 160
  1/90 sec | f/5.8 | 73.0 mm | ISO 80
1/90 sec | f/5.8 | 73.0 mm | ISO 80
High-speed shooting | 1/500 sec | f/13.4 | 90.0 mm | ISO 1000
High-speed shooting | 1/500 sec | f/13.4 | 90.0 mm | ISO 1000
  Motion capture | 1/180 sec | f/8.3 | 73.0 mm | ISO 160
Motion capture | 1/180 sec | f/8.3 | 73.0 mm | ISO 160

Both cameras have good white-balance performance, with SZ-10 pictures generally have a magenta cast in the studio test shots, with a green cast in the WB700 images.

Olympus SZ-10 White-balance test images


Samsung WB700 White-balance test images


Value for money

The Olympus SZ-10 is available for around £148.99 and the Samsung WB700 will set you back around £170.00. Other cameras with an 18x optical zoom lens are the Nikon Coolpix S9100 (12.1 megapixels, £224.99) and the Fujifilm FinePix S2950 (14 megapixels, £136.99). The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 (14.1 megapixel, £248.99) and Leica V-Lux 30 (14.1 megapixels, £549.99) both have 16x optical zoom but cost more, especially the Leica.

Video

When shooting with the WB700 there is the option to use zoom during recording, with no zoom at all when shooting with the SZ-10. Both cameras record at 720p HD.

Olympus SZ-10   Samsung WB700
 

Olympus SZ-10 vs Samsung WB700 Verdict

When comparing image quality the SZ-10 is the winner here, but you may be swayed by some of the features on the WB700 such as the full manual controls and ISO up to 3200. The SZ-10 has better handling, mainly due to the rubber grips and the price is lower by around £20.00. The Olympus also offers panoramics, 3D image shooting and a minimum focus distance of just 1cm. It's a very close call, but overall the Olympus SZ-10 is the winner.

The Olympus SZ-10 produces better images for a lower price and is therefore declared the winner.

Olympus SZ-10 Pros

Rubber grips
Lower price than the WB700
Panoramic shooting
3D mode
High-speed shooting is faster and at higher resolution
More detail in images
1cm close focusing distance

Samsung WB700 Pros

Optical zoom with sound during video recording
Zoom extended to 24x using Smart Zoom
Full manual controls
ISO up to 3200
Metal tripod socket

  Olympus SZ-10 Samsung WB700
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Olympus SZ-10 Specifications

ManufacturerOlympus
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.1 - f/4.4
35mm equivalent28mm - 504mm
Optical Zoom18x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels14Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4288
Pixels (H)3216
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.16mm
Sensor Size (height)4.62mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPSNo Data
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLI-50B
CIPA RatingNo Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsLI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery, F-2AC AC Adapter, CB-USB6 USB Cable, CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable, Handstrap, Instruction Manual, World Wide Warranty Card, Image Management Software
Dimensions
Weight215g
Width105.9mm
Height67.3mm
Depth37.9mm

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Samsung WB700 Specifications

ManufacturerSamsung
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.2 - f/5.8
35mm equivalent24mm - 432mm
Optical Zoom18x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels14.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4320
Pixels (H)3240
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.33 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.08mm
Sensor Size (height)4.56mm
Aspect Ratio
    LCD Monitor
    LCD Monitor3in
    Screen resolutionNo Data
    Touch ScreenNo Data
    Focusing
    Min Focus3cm
    Focusing modes
    • Autofocus
    • Manual
    • Face Detection
    • AF Tracking
    • Multi
    • Centre
    Exposure Control
    Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
    Shutter speeds longest16sec
    Exp modes
    • Program
    • Aperture-Priority
    • Shutter-Priority
    • Manual
    Metering
    • Centre-weighted - Average
    • Multi Pattern
    • Spot
    ISO sensitivity80 - 3200
    White balance
    • Auto
    • Manual
    • Outdoors/Daylight
    • Cloudy
    • Incandescent
    • Fluorescent
    Exposure Comp+/-2
    Shooting Options
    Continuous shootingNo Data
    Video
    Movie modeYes
    Video Resolution
    • 1280x720 720p
    • 640x480 VGA
    • 320x240 QVGA
    Video FPS30, 15 fps
    Stereo SoundNo Data
    Optical Zoom with VideoNo Data
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationYes
    Interface
    HDMIYes
    USBUSB 2
    Wi-FiNo
    Storage
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    File Type
    • JPG
    Power Source
    Battery TypeLithium-ion battery (SLB-10A, 1050 mAh)
    CIPA RatingNo Data
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsAC Adapter/USB cable, rechargeable battery, strap, user manual, quick start manual
    Dimensions
    Weight203g
    Width105mm
    Height58.9mm
    Depth24.9mm

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