Olympus SZ-31MR Mark Peters : February 9th 2012 - 15:35 CET
Olympus SZ-31MR digital super-zoom camera : Olympus releases another multi-recording digital camera with record-breaking features packed into a compact and lightweight body. The new Olympus SZ-31MR records the best quality HD videos of any pocket-sized camera available today. The camera is capable of recording 1080 Full HD movies and 16 Megapixel pictures simultaneously, using Olympus’ revolutionary Multi Recording technology. The auto-focus is faster, the LCD display is brighter and features a Live Guide help function. The powerful iHS (Intelligence, High Sensitivity and High Speed) technologies make it possible to take pictures in the most challenging conditions, for example in low light or with backlight.
Olympus SZ-31MR picture quality
The Olympus SZ 31MR is an extraordinary camera. Together with its amazing 24x wide optical zoom lens (25-600mm), new iHS technologies give it the power and versatility to capture Full HD videos and 16 megapixel photos in impressive image quality, often at the same time. The advanced iHS system draws on Olympus’ 16-Megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor and two separate TruePic V processors (originally developed for Digital SLR cameras) to dramatically improve low-light performance, fast camera response and enhance subject and scene recognition.
Olympus Image Stabilization
Combined with high-speed sequential shooting and high-speed auto-focus, iHS cuts down image noise and enhances resolution and colour gradation with fast-moving subjects, night scenes and other tricky compositions. Multi Motion Movie IS and Dual Image Stabilization eliminate blur, even when you’re walking and shooting pictures or video at the same time. Image Stabilization is crucial with macros or close-ups of inaccessible subjects, when even the slightest wobble might otherwise ruin stand-out shots that regular lightweight compacts, with their weaker zoom lenses, simply can’t deliver.
Olympus SZ-31MR features
What’s more, the Olympus SZ-31MR can now record movies and stills at high frame rates or play back photo slideshows with music and transition effects. Of course, its 24x wide optical zoom lens remains a mini-miracle of optical engineering. It outperforms all-comers in the lightweight travel-camera category, delivering beautiful close-ups and unparalleled flexibility in your choice of shot.
Olympus photography features
• Magic Filter Movie and/or Stills
• Handheld Starlight mode
• Smart Panorama mode
• Beauty Make-up mode
• Pet Detection mode
• 3D Photo shooting
• Photo with Video clip
• Multi-Effect Slideshow
• Advanced iAuto
• Auto-focus tracking
• Face detection
Olympus Multi Recording camera
When time is tight, Multi Recording and Multi Framing give you another great advantage; You never have to choose between capturing one-off scenes as a 1080 Full HD video or photograph - nor as a close-up or broader shot. The Olympus SZ-31MR lets you do both at the same time. A simple tap on the large 3-inch LCD display takes a picture while you’re filming. Or reset the point of focus, shutter speed and zoom factor - all without interrupting your video recording. In addition, the touch screen interface gives you direct access to the Olympus Live Guide, which in i-Auto mode displays a sliding scale that you can move with your finger to adjust key parameters such as brightness and depth of field. You can check the effect of your changes in real time before you record the scene.
Olympus SZ-31MR Specifications
• 16 Megapixel backlit CMOS
• 24x wide optical zoom (25-600mm)
• 7.6cm 920,000 dot touch LCD
• Multi Recording camera functions
• 1080p Full HD Movie plus HDMI
• Advanced iHS technology
• Dual Image Stabilisation
• Olympus Live Help guide
• Eye-Fi Card compatible
• Metal camera body
• USB battery charge
Olympus SZ-31MR price & availability
The Olympus SZ 31MR digital camera will be available in March 2012 and carries a retail price of $399 USD. (£299 GPB in United Kingdom and €329 Euro in most other European countries.) Availability of colors and optional Olympus accessories may differ depending on the country. Please check the Olympus website in your region for more info.
Olympus SZ-31MR sales box
• Olympus SZ 31MR camera
• Olympus LI-50B Lithium-Ion battery
• Olympus F-2AC AC adapter
• USB Cable & Audio/Video cable
• Olympus SZ-31MR manual
• World Wide Warranty card
• Image Management software
Olympus SZ-31MR review
As soon as we receive a Olympus SZ-31MR test sample, we will publish a picture gallery with high resolution sample photos and test videos, followed by an Olympus SZ-31MR review. Also read our latest Olympus camera reviews.