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Olympus SZ-30MR

alaTest has collected and analyzed 344 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the zoom and image quality. The performance and portability also get good feedback. There are mixed comments on the flash and battery. Some have doubts about the sensor and shutter.

usability, portability, performance, image quality, zoom

shutter, sensor

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SZ-30MR is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Olympus SZ-30MR


In recent years we've seen the size of big zoom cameras dropping. What once sat in a body just smaller than a DSLR, now fills a space just larger than a typical compact. The Olympus SZ-30MR typifies this move, offering a staggering 24x zoom in a body...

Huge lens in compact body, great quality video, simple to operate

Battery life isn't great, lacks fine detail in shots, controls easily knocked to different mode, multi recording features don't really get us excited

The Olympus SZ-30MR is a capable point and shoot camera, offering simple operation for the basic shooting modes that offer the best results. On the whole, iAuto is effective, returning great results with little tinkering, ideal for casual holiday...

Jul, 2011

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Olympus SZ-30 MR review


The Olympus SZ-30MR is a super zoom compact, but it's not just the 24x lens's range – offering the equivalent of 25-600mm on a DSLR – that makes this camera stand out from the pack. For the first time on one of its snappers, Olympus has stuffed a...

Jun, 2011


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Olympus SZ-30MR review


It's strangely heartening to have our pessimistic preconceptions proved wrong. We regularly complain about the excessively high megapixel ratings of modern compact cameras, which add little more detail and lots more noise to photos. This year's move...

Olympus has maxed out the specifications, particularly with the 24x zoom, but it also gets the basics right with nippy performance, commendable image quality and superb videos

Jul, 2011

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Olympus SZ-30MR Super Zoom Review


We review the new Olympus SZ-30MR - it has a whopping 24x optical zoom lens, and fits in your pocket!

24x optical zoom, in a camera that fits in your pocket!; Full HD video multi-recording; High speed shooting; Macro performance; Responsive menus; Built in help / camera manual

Shadow adjustment technology can give images a strange look - would prefer a true HDR mode

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Paul Nuttall (

Olympus SZ-30MR review


Olympus's new SZ-30MR boasts world-first Multi-Record imaging technology, as well as an impressive specification. The question is, however, how does it shape up on the WDC testing bench?

New MR technology is genuinely useful, large focal range is handy, body feels comfortable in the hand

Image quality is generally fairly average, general look won't be to everyone's taste

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : William Chambers (

Olympus SZ-30MR Review


The SZ-30MR is a very appealing digital camera with powerful features, pleasing still image and video quality, and robust shooting performance. We had very few negative things to say about the SZ-30MR during our tests. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Compact, yet comfortable body ; Captures nice 16-megapixel photos ; Strong built-in flash unit ; Awesome 24x optical zoom is extremely versatile ; Dual IS seems to work quite well for handheld telephoto images ; Dedicated video record button for...

Can produce strong exposures at times outdoors in bright sunlight ; ISO 1600 and 3200 show a great deal of noise ; Scroll wheel on the back is easy to accidentally rotate, which can caused unwanted changes to settings ; Indoors we saw some white...

The SZ-30MR is a very appealing digital camera with powerful features, pleasing still image and video quality, and robust shooting performance. We had very few negative things to say about the SZ-30MR during our tests. Read more in our

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Aaron Pereira (

Olympus SZ-30MR Review


The market for travel compact cameras is expanding, with most manufacturers launching their iteration of the camera ...

The Olympus SZ-30MR sells in India at a price of Rs. 22,000. The camera is a great when it comes to the design and build quality. It does pretty well in outdoor performance, too. Its compact size allows one to carry it around more easily, as compared...

Nov, 2011


Expert review by : Zoltan Arva-Toth (

Olympus SZ-30MR Review


The Olympus SZ-30MR is a pocketable 16-megapixel digital compact camera with a whopping 24x optical zoom, image stabilisation, 1080p Full HD movies with stereo sound, a 3-inch LCD screen, and an intriguing multi-record (MR) mode that enables you to...

In a sea of me-too compacts, the Olympus SZ-30MR stands out in more ways than one. Packing a 25-600mm equivalent zoom lens in a body that can be shoved into a front jeans pocket is a remarkable achievement in its own right, but the Olympus SZ-30MR...

Aug, 2011

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Olympus SZ-30MR


Remarkably slim and light for a 24x long zoom digital camera, the Olympus SZ-30MR is a handsome digital camera with a good grip. We liked the easy Panorama mode and a few of the scene modes, but were mystified by a few other modes; most disappointing,...

Excellent grip; Handsome, portable design; 24x zoom in a small package; Panorama mode

Detail blurred by strong noise suppression; Bright colors bloom in bright light; Few manual controls; Too many trips to the menu

Pro: Con: Excellent grip Unique, attractive design Relatively slim for the zoom range 24x wide-angle zoom Sensor-shift image stabilization Full HD 1080p movies Stereo audio recording Optical zoom during movies Very good Super Macro mode Multi-Recording...

Expert review by : Shikhar Mohan Gupta (

Olympus SZ-30MR


A point and shoot camera that can shoot in 3D, as well as simultaneous photo and video shoot in HD.

3D mode ; multi-recording ; wireless internet connectivity


Mar, 2012

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