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Olympus SZ-31MR Digital Compact Camera - Black (16MP, 24x Wide Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch Touch Panel LCD
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- 24x wide optical zoom with super-resolution zoom for digitally extending the range of the optical zoom with virtually no loss of image quality
- 3" touch-sensitive colour LCD with Touch Shutter and Touch AF
- Multi Recording with Dual Engine TruePic V image processor for recording movies and photos simultaneously, or two movies in different modes or from different angles
- New Olympus iHS technologies for capturing exactly the shots you want irrespective of shooting conditions
- Multi-motion Movie IS for recording Full HD movies with reduced blur while walking
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|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||18.2 megapixels||20.2||20.4||20.1|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||—||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||3.96 x 10.64 x 6.86 cm||2.8 x 9.7 x 5.5 cm||2.57 x 9.6 x 5.49 cm||8.33 x 11.1 x 7.62 cm||3.83 x 10.81 x 6.36 cm||73.5 x 6 x 44.6 cm|
|Item Weight||245 grams||180 grams||164 grams||426 grams||246 grams||495 grams|
|Max Focal Length||108 mm||625 mm||500 mm||630 mm||750 mm||954 mm|
|Min Focal Length||4.5 mm||25 mm||25 mm||22 mm||25 mm||157.5 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||18.2 megapixels||20.48||20.4||20.1|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||—||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card; Memory Stick||Secure Digital card; Memory Stick|
|Special Feature||3D||—||NFC||—||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||-|
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The Olympus SZ-31MR: Flagship 24x 'Super Zoom' nudges further ahead via Touch LCD and image enhancing iHS technologies
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Want a big zoom but not a bulky camera? With its 24x optical zoom remaining an impressive feat of modern engineering, the new range topping Olympus SZ-31MR travel zoom comes with the lightest, smallest and dare we suggest cutest body of any compact to boast a optical zoom beyond 20x. Furthermore we believe it records the best quality moving pictures of any pocket-sized camera available today. And the SZ-31MR retains another Olympus first: the ability to capture Full HD 1080 movies and 16 megapixel stills simultaneously.
Compared to the previous generation model the Olympus SZ-31MR boasts faster AF, a brighter LCD, plus its ingenious and innovative features including Multi Framing and Live Guide have been further refined to make them even easier to use.
Added to this, powerful new technologies under the banner heading of 'iHS' (Intelligence, High Sensitivity and High Speed) make it possible to capture great shots in formerly challenging situations, such as in low light or when shooting subjects which are backlit. ISO 80 to ISO6400 is further offered. Alternatively turn on the built-in flash.
Factor in video and stills capture at impressively high frame rates and the ability to replay photo slideshows with music and transitional effects and the SZ-31MR is a must have for anyone wanting a powerful camera in a pocket-friendly package.
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Exceptional quality in any situation and in any format
Olympus' innovative new iHS technologies give the SZ-31MR the power to capture not only superb stills and video clips, but the two simultaneously. It draws on Olympus' 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and not the usual one but two separate TruePic V image processors, originally developed for DSLR cameras. Delivering high-speed shooting and high speed autofocus, iHS cuts down picture noise and enhances resolution and colour for tricky shooting scenarios such as quick moving subjects and night scenes.
Multi Recording and Multi Framing when married with the dual TruePic V image processors also provide photographers with the ability to do more than ever with the one camera, including shoot video and stills at the same time, two movies in different modes or capture the same scene with different framings. A simple tap on the 3-inch, 920k dot resolution LCD takes a photo while a recording is taking place without interrupting it.
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Multi-motion Movie IS
The cutting edge technology of Multi Motion Movie IS works in tandem with Dual Image Stabilisation and complements the Olympus SZ-31MR's High Definition Movie capability by reducing blur. The result is that even when you're filming fast moving subjects and simultaneously on the move yourself, the resulting HD video is clear, crisp and vivid.
Of course IS can also be crucial for preventing blur when taking macro shots of small subjects or getting close in on subject matter from afar by deploying the full telephoto reach of the zoom.
A touch of class at every turn – and Live Guide too
As well as 16-megapixel CMOS sensor the Olympus SZ-31MR incorporates a slick, touch sensitive 3-inch, 920k dot resolution LCD into its stylishly compact body.
This does away with distracting buttons and provides access to unique Olympus system features such as its clever Live Guide. With the camera in i-Auto mode, this makes it easier for less experienced users to adjust the likes of depth of field – the portion of the image that is sharply in focus – plus brightness, merely by swiping a finger across an on-screen slider bar.
Touch Shutter allows the user to focus on and photograph any subject simply by touching where they appear on the LCD. Touch AF meanwhile as it sounds focuses automatically on any subject that is touched, and they remain in focus even if they move.
24x wide optical zoom & 16-megapixel resolution
Although compact in size, like its predecessor quality hasn't been compromised. Offering a focal range the equivalent of 25-600mm in 35mm film terms that stays true to Olympus' remarkable world class pedigree, users of the metal bodied SZ-31MR can zoom right in on close detail from afar without having to physically take one step nearer. A 16-megapixel resolution also helps ensure that shots are detail rich every time, while a Super resolution Zoom digitally extends the capabilities of the existing zoom with little loss in picture quality.
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12 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-31MR 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.
Users can choose from Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Sparkle (photos only), Watercolour, Miniature, Reflection, Fragmented (photos only) and Dramatic (photos only).
- 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 photos only 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.
- Fragmented: This newest photos-only filter can be applied to a photo of a landscape or people to produce a collage of tiles that looks as if the photo has been cut up and reassembled, providing an almost three dimensional feel.
- Reflection: A simulation of a magical horizontal reflection of your subject: for example as if it or they were standing next to perfectly still water.
- Miniature: Capture your subject and present them as if on a toy town scale.
- Dramatic: A photos only Magic Filter that adds a sense of drama and foreboding to any shot for stunning results even on the dullest of days.
Eye-Fi card compatible
Connectivity is also enhanced by the Olympus SZ-31MR being compatible with Eye-Fi media cards, enabling automatic wireless downloading of pictures, straight to your desktop, and facilitating photo sharing. Of course the camera is also compatible with regular SDHC and SDXC media cards.
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Automatic aids help deliver better pictures easier
Automatic aids to further perfect picture taking include Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology to ensure perfect focus and exposure for any given subject. Then there's HDR Backlight Adjustment to deploy when shooting against the light, and Handheld Starlight mode for shake free results when photographing at night without a tripod.
Add in Olympus' intelligent auto mode (i-Auto) and AF tracking for easy setting and focusing, Beauty mode for zapping zits, Pet Detection mode for automatically capturing the facial expressions of dogs and cats when they look at the camera, Scene Mode for optimal results in common conditions plus a high speed continuous shooting mode offering up to 60fps if opting for 3 megapixel mode and the SZ-31MR is a camera that is more than the sum of its parts.
3D photo shooting & in-camera Panorama feature
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.
An in-camera Panorama mode further allows for images with drama and beauty combined.
Quick photo surfing thanks to innovative software
Thanks to [ib] software images shot with the Olympus SZ-31MR can be browsed, organized, and viewed by person, place, location or event. And in-camera manual and help guide also ensure you won't be scratching your head to find the correct given setting.
USB battery charging
Connect the camera to a computer and let the battery charge while you save and organise your images.
Olympus SZ-31MR Black
Li-50B Lithium-ion battery
CB-USB6 USB Cable
CB-AVC3 Audio/Video Cable
[ib] Image Management Software
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I bought this camera to compliment another Olympus digital camera that I own. This was bought to give me a big zoom range. It does just this - excellently. It is a joy to use , is packed with simple to use features and it takes quite amazing images.
I have no issues with the camera. It's well built and feels solid in the hand. More so than some other makes. One thing I'd like is an optical viewfinder but that feature appears to be something the manufacturers leave out. Cost I presume.
Highly recommended as a big zoom travel camera It will accompany my daughter on a trip to Kathmandu. Watch this space for and update.
Well done Olympus This camera meets my requirements and feels good.
- Light Weight
- Easy to handle
- Easy settings
- Magic filters are interesting
- Good looks/ finish
- Nice pictures (based on what I have clicked so far; have not transferred anything to the PC/ printed yet)
- The 24x optical zoom does seem to be handy as you can focus on objects a long way away; cannot yet comment on what that does to the pictures though (have a suspicion that it may not be perfect for printing even with the image stabiliser; should not be a problem unless trying to print photos related to sports/ wild life)
- No memory card or spare battery provided as part of the standard package (so I ordered a 32GB Fuji Class 10 card along with the camera; also ordered a spare Battery in line with some of the previous reviews); glad that I ordered these straight away as I can now start taking these on our travels; the in built camera memory could only store 6 pics
- Need to order/ use an existing camera case straight away to prevent it from getting damaged (esp if you have young kids)
I am writing this review as someone with an avid interest in photography (but not a professional). So some of the finer features w.r.t. wide angle, CMOS sensor (1/2.3), higher noise on higher ISO's etc have not been tested by me and in reality may not make too much of a difference over the life of the camera.
I compared this against the Canon SX 260 and at one point was almost looking to go for it(my Canon loyalties coming to the fore I guess) but in the end some of the nagetives on that (flash being at the top left and price) convinced me to go for the SZ 31MR.
Based on the usage so far, I have no reason to regret my decision. Hope you find the review useful.
In the box one will find the battery for the camera (Li-50BA), a camera charger UK standard, a camera charger European standard, an USB cable (CB-USB8) for connecting camera to a computer for charging or for uploading pictures, an AV cable (CB-AVC3) for TV connection, a hand strap (greenish rather than black - perhaps the only thing that it is not quite right)), a basic manual in 29 languages, a stylus to set the LCD screen and a CD which contains the Olympus manual and Olympus Viewer 2 which is the picture management software provided by Olympus. It does not come with a memory card which is needed from the very beginning as the internal memory of the camera cannot store more than, I think 6 pictures in full size - this is common with cameras these days.
Memory cards that can be used: SD/SDHC/SDXC or Eye-Fi cards. It is not compatible with Endless Eye-Fi.
The charging time is 3.5 hours and the date stamp is not available for panoramic and 3D pictures. It does not take pictures in RAW format. The default format for pictures is JPEG and for recordings is MOV.
The minimum requirements to install the software that comes with the camera, are, XP for Windows and Mac OS x v10.4.11 for Macintosh; Intel core Solo/Duo 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 1MB hard drive space available, 1024 x 768 pixels screen. The camera can be used with older computers running Windows XP Home edition and Mac OS x 10.3 as mass storage - it means one cannot use the software for pictures management. The software is not really necessary as camera info on each setting appears on the screen whenever the dial is moved to try a new setting, so only the basic manual is needed at the beginning. However, having installed the software I found it so easy to use that for the first time ever I decided to organise all the photos I've taken for the last 20 years and I actually did it over a weekend. This is truly a user friendly camera with an excellent, easy to use software.
With the 24x zoom, I took very good pictures, of some buildings that are 15 minutes walk away from me, without compromising the resolution. The SZ 31 doesn't struggle at all when zooming and using the digital zoom during the day - the dual engine (True Pic V processors) does help. I think during the night, if zooming (and not using the Hand Held Starlight mode) it is necessary to use a tripod. The best night shoots I took are in SCN, Starlight mode and Night scene mode when I could keep the camera without shaking it.
The few bad pictures I took are only the ones where my hands were really shaky, it was night and the camera was not set on Hand Held starlight. The rest of the pictures (including macro, panoramic and using the zoom) are crystal clear, the HD recording is perfect, there is no noise from zooming in and out whilst recording, and although one can hear the shooting noise in the camera when shooting whilst recording, this cannot be heard when playing back the recording on a computer. It has even a wind noise reduction setting which I didn't use as I felt it was not necessary. The full HD video recording is at 60 fps. SZ31 has a standard HDMI connection and it takes 60 fps / 75 frames in 3 MP mode, 15 fps / 120 frames in 3 MP mode, 10 fps / 12 frames in full image size and 2.5 fps / 200 frames in full image size.
When I initially looked at the Magic filters, I thought I should just try them out of curiosity, being convinced I will not use them (I like to use PhotoShop) but I was so wrong! I like all of them and I am using them all the time these days, particularly when recording - one gets both, the real recording and the magic filter one. The camera may not play back accurately a recording with a magic filter (I am referring to the drawing filter) but once the recording is played in a computer, it is perfect.
The flash is absolutely amazing, it covers about 9 m, it does not turn on unless you want it to and it does not distort the image - I took some pictures of my living room at night with the lights turned off and the pictures were spectacular - they looked like they were taken during the day and they had shadows where they were supposed to be if daytime and if the sun was where my flash was. The pictures are impressively good even when the flash is not on and the room has low light.
Out of all settings, I personally prefer to use the Programme mode as this allows to set manually the camera and in my opinion it gives better results, even when compared with the Intelligent Auto mode. I'm sure I didn't cover all what this camera can do and what other people may want to know but given that there is no review for SZ31 on Amazon, I felt I should write a few words even if early days to at least give an idea of how this camera is. In time I may come back to complete this review.
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