Olympus SZ-30MR

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 December, 2011, 12:00am


You might not be able to change the lens on the Olympus SZ-30MR, but a jaw-dropping 24x (25mm to 600mm) wide-angle zoom lens should cover the bases for most photo enthusiasts.

From wide landscapes to super close-ups, the SZ-30MR is more than capable of doing the job.

Besides its gigantic zoom, the SZ-30MR also impresses with its souped-up Dual Engine TruePic III+ image processor, which enables you to record two things simultaneously.

This translates into the ability to take two photos, two videos, or a photo and a video - at the same time. With the built-in software, you can take two photos or videos - one in full resolution and one at a lower resolution - to send to your friends via e-mail.

A related feature allows you to capture one version showing the full frame on the screen and a second, zoomed-in version of the same scene.

Perhaps Olympus' most impressive accomplishment is that it has managed to pack all those features, which include 16-megapixel imaging, HD video at 1080p, built-in flash, a 3-inch display and stereo sound recording, into a package that fits into most jeans pockets.

There's even a 3D shooting option that allows you to take two photos of a subject at slightly different angles, which are then combined using software into a 3D photo file - although you'll need a 3D-enabled display to view the results.

The Olympus SZ-30MR is listed at HK$2,790.

Pros: massive wide-angle zoom, multi-recording, fast processor, super compact

Cons: few manual controls, slow focus at maximum zoom