Olympus SZ-31MR Review

 
Camera Reviews / Olympus Cameras / Olympus Point & Shoot i Preview
Basic Specifications
Full model name: Olympus SZ-31MR
Resolution: 16.00 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
Kit Lens: 24.00x zoom
(25-600mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Native ISO: 0 - 0
Extended ISO: 80 - 6400
Shutter: 4 - 1/1700
Max Aperture: 3.0
Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.7 x 1.6 in.
(106 x 69 x 40 mm)
Weight: 8.0 oz (226 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $400
Availability: 04/2012
Manufacturer: Olympus
Full specs: Olympus SZ-31MR specifications

Your purchases support this site

Buy the Olympus SZ-31MR
16.00
Megapixels
24.00x zoom 1/2.3 inch
size sensor
image of Olympus SZ-31MR
Front side of Olympus SZ-31MR digital camera Front side of Olympus SZ-31MR digital camera Front side of Olympus SZ-31MR digital camera Front side of Olympus SZ-31MR digital camera Front side of Olympus SZ-31MR digital camera

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Overview

Posted: 02/08/2012

Do you like the idea of packing light when you're leaving on a weekend trip, but you're scared you'll miss that unexpected shot if you don't bring absolutely every lens you own? Perhaps you've been stuck in the nosebleed seats at the ball game, wishing you could tell which of those distant specks apart. It's problems like these that Olympus aims to solve with the bewilderingly-named SZ-31MR iHS.

It's styling is reminiscent of an SLR, but there's no interchangeable lens here, just a mammoth 24x optical zoom. Focal lengths range from a 25mm wide angle to a see-the-whites-of-their-eyes 600mm telephoto. Maximum aperture starts from f/3.0 at wide angle, but falls to a rather dim f/6.9 by the telephoto position, but that fact is mitigated somewhat by the use of a backside illuminated CMOS sensor and true mechanical image stabilization. The latter tries to reduce blur from camera shake, by jiggling the sensor about to counteract your movements. The sensor's BSI technology, meanwhile, means it gathers more light than a standard unit would, collecting more of what makes it through the lens.

The sensor, incidentally, has a resolution of 16 megapixels. That's plenty for even relatively large print sizes, with generous cropping. And as a CMOS chip, you won't have to wait around an eternity to capture another shot--the SZ-31MR can shoot full-res frames at a very handy ten frames per second, great for those of us whose reflexes prevent us from judging the perfect moment to trip the shutter. (Just rattle off a burst, keep the good frame, and discard the rest.)

The SZ31 doesn't just capture stills, either. It's speed also shines through in a Full HD (1080p; 1,920 x 1,080 pixel) high-definition video mode, as well.

Whether you're shooting stills or movies, you'll be framing at arm's length on the SZ-31's 3.0-inch LCD panel, which has a high 920,000 dot resolution. It also doubles as an input device, courtesy of a touch-sensitive overlay, providing a quick and intuitive way to make settings changes.

Images and movies are stored on Secure Digital cards, including both the higher-capacity SDHC and SDXC types, and the higher-speed UHS types. Power comes from a proprietary lithium ion rechargeable battery pack. Connectivity options include USB data, HDMI Type-D high-def and composite standard-def video outputs, and a DC power input.

Available in silver or black, the Olympus SZ-31MR ships from late April 2012, priced at around US$400.

Olympus SZ-31MR

Your purchases support this site

Buy the Olympus SZ-31MR
Similar to the SZ-31MR but smaller lighter larger sensor cheaper But ...
loading
No cameras match your search criteria(s)
   

$0.00

16 MP

Also lacks viewfinder

Similar size

24x zoom

SZ-31MR vs SZ-16

$286.85 (100% more)

16 MP

Has viewfinder

Similar size

24x zoom

SZ-31MR vs SH-1

$279.16 (100% more)

16 MP

Has viewfinder

12% smaller

3x zoom (20% more)

SZ-31MR vs SX700 HS

$190.60 (100% more)

16.3 MP

Has viewfinder

56% smaller

21x zoom (14% less)

SZ-31MR vs WB350F

$154.00 (100% more)

16.1 MP

Has viewfinder

34% smaller

2x zoom (20% less)

SZ-31MR vs ZS35

$0.00

16.3 MP

Also lacks viewfinder

87% smaller

21x zoom (14% less)

SZ-31MR vs WB800F

$395.85 (100% more)

16 MP

Has viewfinder

Similar size

24x zoom

SZ-31MR vs SH-2

$0.00

16.1 MP

Also lacks viewfinder

63% smaller

2x zoom (20% less)

SZ-31MR vs ZS25

$0.00

18.1 MP (12% more)

Also lacks viewfinder

63% smaller

2x zoom (20% less)

SZ-31MR vs ZS30

$286.99 (100% more)

20.4 MP (22% more)

Has viewfinder

12% smaller

3x zoom (20% more)

SZ-31MR vs QX30

$0.00

16.1 MP

Has viewfinder

39% smaller

2x zoom (20% less)

SZ-31MR vs ZS45

$0.00

18.1 MP (12% more)

Has viewfinder

18% smaller

3x zoom (20% more)

SZ-31MR vs ZS40

$388.75 (100% more)

16.3 MP

Has viewfinder

58% smaller

21x zoom (14% less)

SZ-31MR vs Galaxy Camera 2

$329.00 (100% more)

20.3 MP (21% more)

Has viewfinder

12% smaller

3x zoom (20% more)

SZ-31MR vs SX710 HS

$281.98 (100% more)

16 MP

Has viewfinder

46% smaller

12x zoom (100% less)

SZ-31MR vs S810c

$0.00

16 MP

Has viewfinder

63% smaller

12x zoom (100% less)

SZ-31MR vs SZ10

$149.49 (100% more)

16.2 MP

Has viewfinder

55% smaller

12x zoom (100% less)

SZ-31MR vs WB50F

$350.16 (100% more)

16 MP

Also lacks viewfinder

25% smaller

2x zoom (20% less)

SZ-31MR vs F900EXR

$304.80 (100% more)

20.4 MP (22% more)

Has viewfinder

10% smaller

3x zoom (20% more)

SZ-31MR vs HX50V

$227.38 (100% more)

16 MP

Has viewfinder

78% smaller

2x zoom (20% less)

SZ-31MR vs S7000

Suggestion for improvement? Head over here.


Note: For details, test results, and analysis of the many tests done with this camera, please click on the tabs at the beginning of the review or below.

Follow Imaging Resource

Enter this month to win:

1 $300 Adorama Gift Certificate

2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate