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?
Design and Performance
Olympus SZ-30MR review – Design
As far as looks go, it’s safe to say that the SZ-30MR will be an acquired taste. It features an angular and slightly bulky body, and while the we tested the dark grey and chrome trim model which is particularly unsightly, although there is a more subtle version available. Outside of the looks and the angular body, the SZ30-MR feels generally well put together. The handgrip on the right side of the body is suitably solid, as is the mode dial on the top plate, although the control wheel on the rear of the camera is a touch loose and easy to jog.
Olympus SZ-30MR review – Performance
The SZ-30MR is generally a good performer. The models headline Multi Recording mode is more than just a gimmick and could genuinely be of use the casual photographer, whilst several other features, including the models ‘super macro’ mode, are not without merit. Although white balance was generally reliable, the same cannot be said for exposure and metering, with the two combining to return variable results. The model’s LCD screen, despite being 3in and 461k-dot, also struggled in bright light and offers a poor representation of final image quality.