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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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  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 4 x 6.9 cm ; 245 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 762 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: SZ-31MR Black
  • ASIN: B00763EUWI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Feb. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,149 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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The Olympus SZ-31MR: Flagship 24x 'Super Zoom' nudges further ahead via Touch LCD and image enhancing iHS technologies

24x wide optical zoom for photo flexibility
24x wide optical zoom for photo flexibility
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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.

Innovative new iHS technology
Innovative new iHS technology
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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.

Multi-motion Movie IS
Multi-motion Movie IS
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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.

12 Magic Filters transform the everyday into the extraordinary
11 Magic Filters transform the everyday into the extraordinary
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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.

Exceptional quality in any situation and in any format
Exceptional quality in any situation and in any format
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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.

Box Contains

Olympus SZ-31MR Black
Li-50B Lithium-ion battery
F-2AC Adapter
CB-AVC3 Audio/Video Cable
Hand Strap
Warranty Card
Instruction Manual
[ib] Image Management Software

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I had this camera for almost a month now and I have to say, it is worth every penny. It is a lot to say about SZ31 and there is quite a bit of information available in the product description so I'll try to give you some highlights and avoid duplication as much as possible.

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.
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Like many do, I deliberated for some weeks as to which camera to buy. My prime requirement was that I wanted to be able to carry it around without resorting to a camera bag so DSLRs and Bridge Cameras were out of the running (even though some of their features were tempting). I also wanted it to take good quality pictures in Auto or Scene mode because catching the moment was more important to me than spending time deciding upon aperture, ISO, exposure time, etc. My budget was in the £200 to £250 range.

After looking at the offerings from Panasonic (TZ30), Canon (SX240) and Sony (HX20), I stumbled upon the new Olympus SZ31-MR and was intrigued by the sophistication of the electronics (eg, the dual image processor, the latest type of CMOS sensor and the 920k touch screen), the wide 25mm lens which zooms all the way to 600mm and the fact that it was bang up to date with the latest features (eg, movies from full 1080p through to 120 & 240 frames per second, sweep & manual panorama and HDR mode where it takes three exposures to create a balanced composite picture when there are extremes of light and dark in the scene).

The paucity of independent reviews worried me but I found one at letsgodigital which really impressed me and there was also a very experienced photographer on dpreview's Olympic Talk Forum whose enthusiasm for his new SZ-31 (and the quality of his pictures with the camera) was quite infectious.

I downloaded the 80 page manual from the Olympus site and that confirmed to me that this camera was the one for me.

I've only had the camera for a week but took quite a few pictures at our village Diamond Jubilee street party (all on Auto) and they look excellent.
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I was looking for a smaller camera which had good functionality and ease of use plus longer than average zoom for general walkabout and family usage. This one came up trumps and took the gamble despite the absence of any professional reviews on the web as of yet. Its amazingly built-lovely to handle and superb easy to operate menu system with many add ons for manipulation if you like this sort of thing. Control is great and images of good quality even under low light. The flash is excellent for a small camera and the zoom capability amazing with fairly fast AF in all modes especially motion with the ESP. I took pictures of some small birds and the feathers were well resolved. Yes I would recommend this camera.
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I have had S.L.R.s and Fuji 2800 Zoom with a 6x Optical .. all great cameras. Would this Olympus SZ-31MR Digital Compact Camera - Silver (16MP, 24x Wide Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch Touch Panel LCD .... be any good ??
NO FEARS ... this camera is AWESOME. FABULOUS ... I have not tried everything but what I have used has produced pictures of exceptional quality. The 24x zoom is great, the doubler produces something 'out of this world' !! (24x zoom = 600mm in 35m value, the doubler = 1200mm) It comes with an anti-shake feature too, so you get clear pictures even if you do wobble. Indoor shots with or without the flash are very good as well.
I recommend though that you also get a second battery - ABC ABC Products® Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Li50b Li-50b for Olympus plus at least one Kingston Technology 16GB Full Size SDHC Class 10 Flash Card - I got two of these - excellent product. This Olympus camera is very light, it fits in the pocket, the lens cover is built in too, switch it on ...point and shoot. The touchscreen is very useful too. If you see what you want to shoot on the screen, touch the item on the screen and it shoots automatically.
I could go on and on but from what I have tried, I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS CAMERA WITHOUT HESITATION ..... FABULOUS, EXCELLENT ....
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