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?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Olympus SZ-30MR

Overall score:81%
Image Quality:75%


  • 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


Olympus SZ-30MR Review


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Image Quality and Verdict

Olympus SZ-30MR review – Image Quality

On first look, images produced with the SZ-30MR appear generally good, if not a little flat. However, on closer inspection several flaws are revealed. Highlights have a tendency to blow out, whilst over sharpening is also present, combined with a softening towards the edges of the frame. The SZ-30MR controls noise well, although this is to the detriment of fine detail, which is lost higher up the ISO range in the noise reduction process.

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Olympus SZ-30MR review – Verdict

There’s nodenying the fact that the Olympus SZ-30MR brings a lot to the table. The new MR technology is a world-first and will prove genuinely useful for a host of photographers, as will a lot of the other simplified functionality on offer. However, the camera is not without its flaws – the design of the camera is an acquired taste, with the chrome finish on the model we tested bordering on the offensive. The LCD screen struggles to give an accurate depiction of true image quality, whilst image quality in general is fairly disappointing. On the whole, the SZ-30MR, whilst being a good camera, is quite far off of being a great camera.


Dimensions:106.3 x 68.7 x 39.5 mm
Power:Li – ION LI-50B
Connectivity:USB 2, HDMI
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Metering System:ESP, Spot
ISO Range:80 - 3200
White Balance:Auto, overcast, sunlight, tungsten, fluro
Flash Modes:Auto, red-eye, fill-in, off
Exposure Modes:i-Auto, Programme, Magic filter, Panorama, Movie, MR, 3D, 16 scene
Shutter Speeds:1/1700 – 4 sec
File Formats:JPEG, MPEG-4
LCD:3in, 460k-dot LCD
Lens:25 – 600mm, 24x optical zoom
Sensor:16.8MP, 16MP effective
  1. 1. Olympus SZ-30MR review - Features
  2. 2. Design and Performance
  3. 3. Image Quality and Verdict
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