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Olympus SZ-30MR Digital Camera - Black (16MP, 24x Wide Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

by Olympus

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  • 24x wide optical zoom (25-600mm*) for exceptional close-ups and wide-angle shots
  • Multi Recording with Dual Engine TruePic III+ image processor for recording movies and photos simultaneously, or two movies in different modes or from different angles
  • Capture 1080p Full HD movies with sound and view them together with photos in amazingly sharp detail on HDTVs including convenient remote operation by HDMI control
  • 16 Megapixel backlit CMOS sensor for high-resolution, superb-quality full-size movies, stills and prints, even in low light
  • Smart Panorama for capturing breathtaking panoramic views by simply panning the camera across the scene

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 10.6 x 6.9 cm ; 227 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 662 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: SZ-30MR Black
  • ASIN: B004QGY2VC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Mar 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,453 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Product Description

16.0 MP backlit CMOS 3.0 460K dots LCD, Dual IS, full HD Movie, Multi Recording, 3D photos

Manufacturer's Description

The Olympus SZ-30MR: World’s first camera to capture HD movies and 16 megapixel stills simultaneously

Olympus SZ-30MR with 18x Wide Optical Zoom
24x Wide Optical Zoom
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A groundbreaking camera that comes from the same place as previous Olympus innovations such as the PEN camera and XZ-1 compact. Improving on the existing SZ-10 with a higher resolution and longer lens reach, the stunning SZ-30MR super zoom is not only drop dead gorgeous to look at, it also has the state of the art features that tech lovers crave.

The small and stylish 16 megapixel SZ-30MR is a must-have for people who like moving and shooting 24/7, with wireless connectivity via Eye-Fi card compatibility allowing images to be shared quickly and conveniently, whenever and wherever.

24x wide optical zoom

Travel light, and yet with a camera heavy on specification. For example, an extremely powerful and versatile wide 25-600mm equivalent (in 35mm film terms) zoom lens helps pinpoint the SZ-30MR series as one that stays true to Olympus’ remarkable pedigree.

Astonishingly slender for a camera equipped with such zooming power, now compact camera users can effortlessly squeeze more into the frame or get closer to the action. Take exceptional shots impossible with a more modest zoom, such as the expression of a gargoyle on a church roof or close ups of battling athletes.

Olympus SZ-30MR - Two HD Cameras in One! Simultaneously, via Multi Recording!
WORLD'S FIRST: Two HD Cameras in One! Simultaneously, via Multi Recording!
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Two-in-one Multi Recording (MR) – the new must have feature

The Olympus SZ-30MRR is also a camera of world firsts. It can record Full HD 1080p movie clips and 16 megapixel still photographs at the same time, thanks to ingenious technology Olympus calls Multi Recording (MR). So, if you’ve ever wished you’d shot a scene in one format then realised too late another would have been better, ‘MR’ is a must.

The power to record simultaneously in more than one mode is provided by Dual Engine TruePic III+ image processors. And what’s more there is a variety of combinations possible. For example users can record two different movies at once: in wide angle and in close up, at Full HD and lower resolution, or in standard shooting mode whilst also applying one of Olympus’ Magic Filters digital effects.

In addition, with the Photo with Movie Clip setting selected, it’s now possible to capture moving footage before and after taking a single photo. Such innovations provide users with the flexibility of sharing the same memories across a variety of media. Learn more about the multi-recording function by reading the SZ-30 information leaflet.

3D and panoramic shooting

The Olympus range is now enhanced by optional 3D shooting mode, lending images a striking sense of depth. This mode captures two shots from two different angles to create shots that can be viewed on a 3D compatible display.

A Smart Panorama mode further allows for images with drama and beauty combined.

Eye-Fi card compatible

Connectivity is also enhanced by the SZ-30MR being compatible with Eye-Fi media cards, enabling automatic wireless downloading of pictures, straight to your desktop, and facilitating photo sharing.

Olympus SZ-30MR with Eight Magic Filters
Eight Magic Filters
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Eight Magic Filters for turning the everyday into the extraordinary

Specifically designed to expand the creative potential of digital photography, this impressive function of the SZ-30MR utilises in-camera image processing technology to effortlessly transform the everyday into extraordinary scenes. Simple to operate, the filters allow users to create entirely new worlds with their images. From vibrant colours and pencil drawings to mysterious or rounded perspectives, artistic spirits can magically turn ideas into reality. What’s more, most of the filters can be used when recording video as well as shooting stills – a first in the SZ-30MR’s product category.

Users can choose from Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus and new additions Sparkle and Watercolour.

Punk: Pose like Sid and Nancy and have your world turned dayglo pink, with this fun feature that transforms your photos into crudely photocopied fanzine style images, but in a good way.
Pop Art: In the tradition of Andy Warhol, this effect enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid. It creates high-impact pictures that express the happy, light-hearted feeling of the pop art style.
Fish-Eye: With its distorted 180-degree perspective, this filter reproduces the dramatic effect of a fish-eye lens. It lends a new perspective to the whole scene with a “round” effect.
Drawing: This filter gives the impression that subjects have been sketched on the fly by an artist just at the moment that inspiration struck. Images are transformed into line drawings for improvised, creative results.
Pin Hole: For an ethereal feel, Pin Hole reduces the peripheral brightness of images like an image seen through a pinhole. Added to this is a unique colour tone that results in a style that has an air of secrecy or portrays the feeling of being lost in another dimension or space.
Soft Focus: Give your portraits that romantic otherworldly look beloved of wedding photographers.
Sparkle: A Magic Filter that truly imparts a sprinkling of fairy dust, adding twinkling reflections to shiny objects.
Watercolour: With this option pictures are transformed into a watercolour painting framed by soft light.

Olympus SZ-30MR with Dual Image Stabilisation
Dual Image Stabilisation
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Dual Image Stabilisation

A bugbear of bigger zoom cameras is the propensity for camera shake at longer focal lengths, when shooting handheld or in lower lighting conditions. Olympus therefore offers not one but two means of reducing the potentially damaging effects of image blur.

As a further help, light sensitivity settings between ISO80-3200 are also manually selectable. Alternatively, activate the built-in flash.

Pixel rich picture quality

The Olympus SZ-30MR doesn’t just deliver the goods on paper. In practice, with a 16 megapixel top photo resolution and 1080p High Definition video recording, the manufacturer’s trademark pixel rich image quality is very much in evidence – even when pictures are viewed on a large screen television via HDMI output.

Big and bright LCD screen

The Olympus SZ-30MR offers a large 3-inch, 460,000 dot resolution LCD screen for framing and reviewing your photos. This means that sharing shots on the spot with family and friends is not only a possibility but also a real pleasure.

Automatic aids make life easy

Thanks to automatic aids like subject-following AF Tracking, Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto), Scene modes (for example, Landscape, Night), Beauty Mode, Advanced Face Detection, Pet Detection, and Shadow Adjustment Technology to ensure perfect focus and exposure for any given subject, plus high capacity SDHC and SDXC media card compatibility so you never run out of storage space. Slip a SZ-30MR in your camera bag and you’re all set for photo excellence.

Quick photo surfing thanks to innovative software

Thanks to [ib] software images can be browsed, organized, and viewed by person, place, location or event.

USB battery charging

Connect the camera to a computer or laptop and let the battery conveniently charge while you save and organise your images.

The Olympus SZ-30MR is available in black.


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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful By MyKeyReviews TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jun 2011
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This really is one fantastic camera; it's one of the most comfortable cameras I've held to date, it looks really swish and of course it being able to take some really good photos (although for those who like to have the Raw photo files I would like to clarify that this camera doesn't have an option to take them and will only take photos in JPEG format).

If you're the type of person who doesn't like to mess around with settings then you will be pleased to know that this camera has a mode called "Intelligent Auto"; on this mode the camera literally tries to guess what kind of photo you are taking be it a macro shot, portrait or landscape, most of the time it will choose the right one and will deliver a good result.

However, like every other camera, their is only a certain amount it can do by itself and you may find in some cases you will have manually tweak some settings on manual photo mode which surprisingly isn't that scary, or why not select one of the pre-set settings in "Scene" mode, it covers a huge range of different photo scenarios like "Sport", "Portrait" & "Landscape" etc...

One of the biggest features of this camera is of course it's 24x optical zoom, which I have loved from the very start but would like to point out that when you are zoomed in from a certain point it can be tricky to not shake the camera, although the camera has a good image stabiliser, using a tripod and putting the camera on something sturdy will give you the best results.
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173 of 179 people found the following review helpful By R. Roberts on 2 Jun 2011
This is an initial review on the first day of purchase to give you my first impressions. An update will follow later. (PLEASE SEE UPDATE AT BOTTOM)

Firstly the camera is way better in the hand than it looks in the photos. I ordered the black version not realising there was an alternative colour but I don't care because it looks great. The main part of the body is gloss black with the top in a dark chrome. The camera is amazingly small and light. It looks a very classy piece of kit. The only downside is it shows every finger mark and will need regular cleaning so have a soft cloth handy.

It doesn't have a viewfinder. Everything is taken through the large screen on the back. The screen is huge and very clear. Like watching a mini HD tv. I was worried about bright light but it copes with this very well and I was able to see it in very bright sunlight. The camera is very well designed and built. Every piece feels very high quality. It fits in the hand nicely and all the controls are easy to reach. It has a comprehensive menu but I was able to set it up without looking at the manual.....but use the manual to learn about what it is capable of.

It does not have a neck strap only a wrist strap. There is no carrying case so you will need to buy one. It is vital you buy a large memory card. This will eat data. I bought an 8GB SD card which will give you around an hour of HD video (on max quality without photos) and I suggest a minimum 8GB card.

I have taken a few photos and one video. Initial impressions of the photos are very good with excellent detail and colour but I want to experiment with the settings before I know just how good it can be.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Susan Gee on 29 July 2011
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An excellent camera which is small enough to carry in your pocket but has all the functions and more of a DSLR without having to change lenses. The zoom is amazing although you do need a mini tripod to use it at 24x or you get blurry shots. Definitely a brill holiday camera when weight and space are an issue.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Elward on 3 Aug 2011
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Looked at a couple of reviews, ..They did not do justice to the camera. It fits in a shirt pocket,as far as I am concerned fantastic..The optical zoom is beyond belief.For a pocket camera totally great..loyal to Olympus right back to MJU300.This will take some beating.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Quinn VINE VOICE on 23 Aug 2011
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I had been debating getting a digital camera for the past few months so the opportunity to try this Olympus SZ-30MR was a nice coincidence.

The first thing I noticed was how much smaller the camera was than it looked in the pictures I was expecting it to be much bigger.

I'm not a great technical person but I found the camera fairly easy to use. The large screen at the back gives a clear crisp view of the picture you want to take the zoom is very good too I was impressed with the clear image you got at quite a decent distance.

The various modes like panoramic and low light enable you to get much more from your photos than you used to.

Like all technologies the rapid advances in recent years means you can get a lot more from your camera. The ability to take movies and pictures on one unit and play them back on your computer/laptop or TV is a great plus I well remember the days of travellers being festooned with multiple straps and bags and different equipment for different mediums where as now days it is all contained in one small compact unit.

As a non techie person I will say many thanks to some of the other reviewers whose advice on card sizes and cables etc was a great help as I would not have had an idea as to what I should get.

This camera is at the more expensive end of the spectrum but as with everything you get what you pay for and this is a well made and excellent quality camera which will last you. Its small size makes it easy to carry about in a pocket or bag and has the capacity to store a lot of images with a decent MB memory card.

All in all I am very pleased with this camera and look forward to getting some excellent pictures with it.
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