Excerpt: The second model we've seen in Olympus' new SZ series of super-zoom models, the SZ-30MR is a powerful yet compact digital camera that is packed with new features. These include a fast16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, 24x wide view optical zoom lens, 3.0-inch LCD screen, and full 1080p HD video recording.
Summary: The Olympus SZ-30MR sells in India at a price of Rs. 22,000. The camera is a great when it comes to the design and build quality. It does pretty well in outdoor performance, too. Its compact size allows one to carry it around more easily, as compared to DSLRs or superzooms. The only thing missing from this camera is the ability to play around with settings such as aperture priority or shutter priority.
Summary: There's nodenying the fact that the Olympus SZ-30MR brings a lot to the table. The new MR technology is a world-first and will prove genuinely useful for a host of photographers, as will a lot of the other simplified functionality on offer. However, the camera is not without its flaws – the design of the camera is an acquired taste, with the chrome finish on the model we tested bordering on the offensive.
Excerpt: These days, when manufacturers are releasing cameras with 30x, 35x and even 36x zoom lenses, a camera with "only" 24x optical zoom may almost seem modest - until you learn it's so small it fits in a jeans pocket. As of writing, the Olympus SZ-30MR is the only camera in the world to have accomplished this feat, which alone makes it worthy of our attention.
Excerpt: In recent years we’ve seen the size of big zoom cameras dropping. What once sat in a body just smaller than a DSLR, now fills a space just larger than a typical compact. The Olympus SZ-30MR typifies this move, offering a staggering 24x zoom in a body that you can still just about slip into your pocket. But does this clever camera put real power in your pocket, or leave you slightly short-changed?
Pros: Huge lens in compact body, great quality video, simple to operate
Cons: Battery life isn't great, lacks fine detail in shots, controls easily knocked to different mode, multi recording features don't really get us excited
Summary: The Olympus SZ-30MR is a super zoom compact, but it’s not just the 24x lens’s range – offering the equivalent of 25-600mm on a DSLR – that makes this camera stand out from the pack. For the first time on one of its snappers, Olympus has stuffed a “Multi-Recording” mode inside. Basically, this is a dual engine setup that allows you to shoot two things simultaneously: full HD video and full 16MP stills; two movies, one zoomed in and one wide angle; or one normal shot and...
Excerpt: L'atout du SZ-30 MR est indéniablement son zoom impressionnant (et encore plus pour un compact!) : un équivalent 25 - 600mm soit x24. Et l'ouverture n'a pas été trop sacrifiée à ce range impressionant puisque l'ouverture glissante est de f3 - 6.9. Evidemment ces chiffres sont à mettre au regard du résultat final et de la qualité obtenue...
Pros: Compacité - Puissance du zoom, Fonctionnalités MR
Cons: Lissage en haute sensibilité pour lutter contre le bruit, Un écran arrière manquant de lisibilité, Faiblesse en grand angle
Excerpt: Med to billedprocessorer i kameraet kan det lave flere ting samtidig, såsom at filme med og uden effekter samtidig eller tage stillbilleder, mens man filmer. Smart og faktisk brugbart i visse situationer. En ekstrem zoom kan også være praktisk, men her er man gået for langt, da det faktisk går ud over billedkvaliteten. Lægger man hertil, at kameraet føles lidt plastagtig, og at skærmen ikke er særlig god, bliver totalvurderingen lunken.