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The SZ-30MR comes from the S range of Olympus' compact point-and-shoot cameras.

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Pros

image stabilization - essential for such a long zoom

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1080p video recording with stereo audio

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speedy AF

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relatively compact for a mega-zoom - fits in a standard pocket

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24x optical zoom lens (24-600mm 35mm equivalent)

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Cons

slippery grip

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display lacks quality - despite being a higher resolution than your average point and shoot it is not very sharp, has poor viewing angles and is difficult to view in bright light

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no manual shooting modes - lacks full manual, aperture priority and shutter priority

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lens is slow - f3-6.9, poor for shooting in low light

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mediocre image quality - lots of visible noise reduction artifacts

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The SZ-30MR comes from the S range of Olympus' compact point-and-shoot cameras. This comes at the top of the range having a Multi Recording function to go with its 24x superzoom and 16 megapixel CMOS sensor.

The SZ-30MR is able to record 1080p HD video while capturing full resolution stills at the same time by using DUEL TruePic III+ technology. The video and images can be viewed on the 3" LCD and can be enhanced with any of the 8 Magic Filters on this model. This camera is also capable of 9 fps continuous shooting and 3D capture mode. This SZ-30MR model is similar to the SZ-20, but has the extra features of a larger zoom (24x instead of 12.5x) and the Multi Recording facility. With 30 shooting modes, duel image stabalisation and Eye-Fi capability, this camera will let you take quality stills and video and allow you to share them with ease.

Features
  • 16 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video
  • Multi Recording function
  • DUEL TruePic III+ image processing technology
  • 3" LCD
  • Eye-Fi capability
  • 24x superzoom
  • 30 shooting modes including 3D, Smart Panorama and Night scene
  • 8 Magic filters
  • Dimensions 4.2"W x 2.7"H x 1.6"D
  • duel image stabalisation
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