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.
Conclusion: Image quality was very mixed depending on the subject and the ISO setting, but the Olympus SZ-30MR can produce a usable image at each ISO setting in decent light. The disappointing aspect was skin, which looks overly smooth and artificial in most cases, removing depth from facial features and all skin texture. The Olympus SZ-30MR had a tendency to overexpose and highlights were often blown, but captures did resemble what attracted us to the scene.
Pros: Excellent grip, Unique, attractive design, Relatively slim for the zoom range, 24x wide-angle zoom, Sensor-shift image stabilization, Full HD 1080p movies, Stereo audio recording, Optical zoom during movies, Very good Super Macro mode, Multi-Recording mode, Panorama mode, 3D mode, Very light and nimble, Fast startup for its class, Fun to shoot, Generally good color, Fast burst modes, Good full-autofocus shutter lag, HDMI port with CEC
Cons: Strong noise suppression mars low-contrast detail even at the lowest ISO setting, No control over noise reduction, Bright colors tend to bloom in bright light, Camera crashes when modes are changed in Menu mode and in Movie mode, Need to use menus to access important settings (like EV compensation), Soft corners at telephoto, Moderate pincushion distortion at telephoto, Bright chromatic aberration at wide angle, Battery too easily inserted backwards, Multi-framing opt...
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: 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...
Summary: Das "MR" im Namen der Olympus SZ-30MR steht für "Multi Recording" und bedeutet, dass die Kamera Videos und Fotos gleichzeitig aufnehmen kann. Alternativ lassen sich auch zwei Filme in verschiedenen Modi oder mit unterschiedlichen Brennweiten aufzeichnen.
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