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Olympus SZ-30MR

With a jaw-dropping 24x wide optical zoom, the state-of-the-art SZ-30MR flagship breaks all the rules in the compact category. It offers simultaneous ...

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published 29/12/2011 | ms19
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Pro nice design, great zoom and megapixels
Cons battery life
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I had been wanting to buy a more advanced digital camera for a while and having saved up some money I decided on this as well as my compact digital camera that I bought a month or so ago. This one is not too pricey but a bit more than most digital cameras and it has quite a nice design to it. The main reason I chose this model in the end was the zoom being so good on it as well as it being 16 megapixels, for the price it seems to have really good features on it and also my other camera is an Olympus and I really like the brand for photography.


The camera is a dark grey colour and it has a big lens on the front as well as having a pop up flash. The model is a bit bigger than most and has dimensions of 4 x 10.6 x 6.9 cm and is 227g in weight which isn't too heavy. The camera comes with a wrist strap and a USB cable to charge it. It comes with an instruction manual but it is very basic and doesn't go into too much detail. The camera has a colour LCD screen on the back and the power button and a wheel to change the modes on top.

The camera has a number of great features which I'll firstly talk about. To set the camera up is straightforward enough you should charge it first just so that it has enough battery life to begin using it. When you charge it though you only get a USB charger which isn't the best so I bought a travel charger so I could charge it from a socket. The battery life is a bit disappointing as it only lasts about 2 hours which isn't that much if you are using this for holidays, I'd say it goes down quickly so that is my main issue really.

To look at what the camera does, well it is 16 megapixels and it has a 24x optical zoom as well as a 3 inch LCD screen. The camera also films full HD film clips and it has panoramic photos on it also. The camera like most Olympus cameras comes with your photo filters so that you can choose different looks for your photos, this has punk, pop art, fish eye, drawing, pin hole, soft focus, sparkle and water colour.

Now, with this camera apart from my battery problem, I really don't have much else negative to say. I want to speak a bit more about what I think of the features. Firstly, the 16 megapixel pictures, I think this camera is effective in taking high quality, sharp photos and they capture the smallest detail. The optical zoom is also very good at helping with this but I find most of the time 24x zoom is too high and I never really use it that much. I also find that you need to have a really steady hand or at 24x it will blue if you are not steady.

The photo filters I have tried out a few times, I think the drawing one is ok it gives a sketch effect but it isn't one I'd use that much. Punk is quite good, it is very different I mean they are all fun to try out if you just want to make your photos a bit different. The scene modes are good also, you have landscape, and then you have panoramic which is great for holidays just again you need a steady hand. There is an animal mode for pets where it senses them passing and photographs them which I find useful having pets.

The night time mode I haven't tested too much yet but I want to test it a lot more to really get the photos looking amazing. The memory card is easy to pull in and out you just open the flap and insert it in the right way and it will load. In terms of transferring photos onto the computer it is easy to do, the laptop installs the correct drivers and then it will upload them if you choose to. Be careful when removing the USB stick and make sure you do it safely or the Olympus can delete photos as I learned the hard way from just taking out the USB instantly.

Having a pop up flash was a bit weird at first as I wasn't expecting it but it just pops out and if on automatic it just takes the picture. To delete photos and view them on the LCD screen is quite easy to follow and the screen has vibrant colour and is good quality. I am pleased with pretty much all of the features but think the part where you insert the USB to the camera is very flimsy for the price and it is very delicate I was scared it broke which isn't the best for the money being spent.

The camera is best for amateur photographers who don't expect too much. It is fine for something a bit fancy and it would take good photos on holiday but you just have to make sure it is always fully charged. It doesn't come with a camera case again which is a bit annoying but the photo quality is very high with this camera and all of my photos have come out really well. The more you learn the settings the better your photos will become and maybe I will start using videos a bit more.


This camera is £220.20 which is from Amazon and that is with free delivery. It is pretty much the standard price for it.

The official Olympus website is http://www.olympus.co.uk

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  • 80smusicreviewer published 25/03/2012
    Great review. E.
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    Excellent review. John
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Product Information : Olympus SZ-30MR

Manufacturer's product description

With a jaw-dropping 24x wide optical zoom, the state-of-the-art SZ-30MR flagship breaks all the rules in the compact category. It offers simultaneous recording of beautiful 1080p Full HD movies and 16-megapixel still photos. Thanks to Olympus' ingenious Multi Recording (MR) feature, you can shoot in high resolution with different combinations of recording modes all at the same time, then share your shots in the best format for different media. If you've ever shot a scene one way, then (when it was too late) wished you'd done everything differently, you'll appreciate how useful MR can be. For example, with the photo with movie clip setting you can capture moving footage before and after taking a single photo, so you can post a video clip on a social media site and create a full-size print of the same scene. You can also record two different movies at once - in wide-angle and close-up; Full HD and lower resolution; or original and filtered. In addition to MR, the SZ-30MR lives up to the super zoom name with incredible zooming power, making it easy to take exceptional shots, from the expressive face of a gargoyle high up on a church roof to an emotive movie close-up of battling athletes.

Product Details

Long Name: SZ-30MR

Digital Zoom: 4 x

LCD Display Size: 3

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Product type: Digital Compact Camera, Digital camera - compact

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 16

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 24

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card

Video Input / Digital Video Format: MPEG

Manufacturer: Olympus

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 925 mAh ( included )

Product Description: Olympus SZ-30MR - digital camera

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Processor: TruePic III+

Sensor Resolution: 16.0 Megapixel

Max Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Lens System: 24 x zoom lens - 4.5 - 108 mm - f/3.0-6.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Display: LCD display - 3"

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7

Colour: Black, Silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.6 cm x 4 cm x 6.9 cm

Weight: 226 g

Min Focus Distance: 10 cm

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 10.6 cm

Depth: 4 cm

Height: 6.9 cm

Weight: 226 g

Memory / Storage

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Storage: JPEG 4608 x 3456 ¦ JPEG 4608 x 2592 ¦ JPEG 3264 x 2448 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1920 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 1280 x 960 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480

Video Capture: MPEG-4 - 1920 x 1080 ¦ MPEG-4 - 1280 x 720 ¦ MPEG-4 - 640 x 480


Battery Type: Olympus Li-50B

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 925 mAh ( included )


Compatible with Windows 7: "Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Included Accessories: Hand strap, USB cable, audio / video cable

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive


Software: Drivers & Utilities, [ib] software


Connector Type: 1 x Hi-Speed USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x HDMI output

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo


Type: 3" LCD display

Resolution: 460,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.7 frames per second, 7 frames per second, 15 frames per second for 70 frames (5Mpix)

Self Timer Delay: 2sec, 12sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, PRINT Image Matching, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, cropping an image, resizing an image, saturation control, Scene Detection Technology, face retouch, Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM), 1080p Full HD movie recording, USB charging, built-in help guide, dual image stabilization, Exif Print support, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Advanced Face Detection Technology, Intelligent AUTO (iAUTO), Eye-Fi Card Ready, Pet Detection, Smart Panorama

Lens System

Type: 24 x zoom lens - 4.5 - 108 mm - f/3.0-6.9

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 25 - 600mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Macro Focus Range: 3cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 10 groups / 11 elements

Features: Built-in lens shield, ED glass, aspherical lens

Min Focus Distance: 10 cm

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO auto

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, beach/snow, self-portrait, fireworks, night scene, sports mode, sunset, indoor, cuisine, beauty, night scene with portrait, documents, dog, cat, handheld starlight

Special Effects: Fisheye, soft focus, Water Colour, Drawing, Pop Art, pin hole, Punk, Sparkle

White Balance: Automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, sunlight, tungsten light, overcast

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1700 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 4 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Camera Flash

Features: AF illuminator

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Effective Flash Range: 0.01 m - 9.3 m


Max Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Image Recording Format: JPEG, MPO

Digital Video Format: MPEG-4

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Image Processor: TruePic III+

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Optical Zoom: 24 x

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 16,000,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 16,800,000 pixels

Enclosure Colour: Black, Silver

Sensor Resolution: 16.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

MPN: SZ-30MR BLACK, N4422992, N4422892

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI


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