Expert Review of Olympus SZ-31MR Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
The new Olympus SZ 31 MR has a 24x zoom lens and allows simultaneous image and video capture. It has the new iHS technology to give images close to real. This little camera measuring only 106.3mm x 69.2mm x 39.7mm and weighing 244 grams has a metal exterior and a LCD touch panel monitor with 920000 dots measuring 7.6cm. The Olympus SZ-31MR sports a primary color filter array with a ½.3inch CMOS sensor having 16 Megapixels. With a TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection supporting iESP, Face Detection AF, Spot, AF Tracking, the camera has a focusing range of 0.1m to infinity in wide and 0.4m to infinity in tele. The camera has an image stabilizer and uses advanced Face Detection Technology and Shadow Adjustment Technology. It supports 17 scene and also has a Magic with an ISO up to 6400. It has an auto white balance system and internal flash with red eye reduction and fill in. Sequential shooting mode allows shooting at 60fps. With Noise reduction, Pixel mapping, shading and distortion compensation and TruePic V Dual engine, the Olympus SZ-31MR gives magnificent images. It also allows in camera editing Resize, Trimmin, saturation correction etc. Playback is possible in Single, Index, Zoom, Slide show, Event or Photo Surfing modes. It also allows photo rotation and image protection. Movies can be viewed Frame by frame, Fast forward, Index jump or in Reverse playback mode. The HD movies of 1080 60p quality movies get recorded in JPEG format and use multi motion mode for movie IS. The camera has an internal microphone and stereo system and records sound in PCM format. Using a LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery, with a menu in 39 languages and date imprint on images, the camera stores your memories easily. This user friendly slim pocket camera with internal charging is getting a lot of fans!
Design and Build Quality
The camera has a metallic body and measures only 106.3mm x 69.2mm x 39.7 mm, weighing 244 grams. The 3inch touchscreen has a crystal-clear 920,000-dot resolution but lacks a GPS for tagging the place. The top of the camera has a shutter button with the zoom toggle and a mode dial. There is a small switch to release the pop up flash. It has an elegant rear with all buttons neatly arranged on the right side of the screen. There is a dedicated record button on top and a playback and menu button on the bottom. The camera has a conventional and a simple to use layout with an user friendly interface. The weight being evenly distributed makes it portable. The Olympus SZ-31 MR is available in options of black and grey.
Focus and Face Detection
The lens of the camera has a focal length of 25mm – 600 mm giving an Optical zoom of 24×. The camera supports TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection which can be set to iESP, Face Detection AF, Spot, AF Tracking. The focusing range is 0.1 m to infinity in wide and 0.4m to infinity in tele. It is the same for macro mode while in supermacro mode the closest distance is 3cm. The camera has a Contrast Detector and AF illuminator. The camera however lacks manual focusing option. The shutter and the autofocus motors are however quite noisy. The camera also has advanced face detection technology which detects recognized face in the screen and adjust focus accordingly. It also keeps a track of the subject.
Lens and Image Stabilization
The Olympus SZ- 31 MR has a 24 x optical zoom made possible by a lens with an aperture of 3.0 to 6.9. The lens is made by including 11 lenses in 10 groups having 3 aspherical elements and 3 ED glass elements. The Shutter speed is 1/4 - 1/1700 s / < 4 s and Exposure compensationof the camera is +/- 2 EV / 1/3 steps. It has a dual Image Stabiliser of sensor shift type for still images with Advanced Face Detection Technology, Shadow Adjustment Technology and Pet Detection.
Screen and Menus
The camera has a LCD touch panel with 920000 dots and live guide. Measuring 7.6cm the monitor has frame assistance and protection panel with brightness adjustment up to 2 levels. The menu is user friendly with guidelines for a perfect picture in 39 languages and different modes easily selected using the convenient navigation pad.
With an internal memory of 59MB expandable using SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, the camera uses a Lithium-ion rechargeable LI-50B battery with an internal charger. A high speed 2.0 USB and type D HSMI connectivity channels are also provided in the camera. It supports Eye-fi card for uploading images instantaneously in a wi-fi hotspot. However it lacks remote control and environmental protection.
The Multi Motion Movie IS (Image Stabilization for video) eliminate the blur whilst the camera allows simultaneous shooting and recording at the same time. There are Twelve Magic Art Filters which give a wide range of special effects to the Full HD movie recording in a 1080 60p quality in quick movie time JPEG format, MPEG-4 and H.264. The camera also allows image editing like cropping and resizing. The Olympus SZ-31MR with iHS technology offers three new Magic Art Filters. Reflection, Fragmented and Dramatic. Slideshows can be incorporated with different music and transition effects. The high end compact traveler zoom camera has a built in flash with a range of 9.3m but lacks an external flash. For voice recording and playback there is a microphone and a speaker.
The camera has a 1/2.3inch CMOS Image Sensor which works in a primary color filter array giving a resolution of 16 megapixels. The camera also has an orientation sensor with advanced tracking technology and the latest iHS technology which gives sharp images by combining the CMOS and truePic 5 image processor. The camera has an ISO of up to 6400.
new iHS technology
advanced face ID recognition and tracking
24 megapixel camera
simple user friendly menu interface
3 new magic filters.
simultaneous shooting and recording.
noisy shutter and focus motors.
low budget efficiency.
no timelapse recording.