- 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
- 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
- Launched March 2011
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- Size Comparison
Olympus SZ-30MR summary
Olympus SZ-30MR is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first released on March of 2011. The camera has got a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The SZ-30MR comes in at #152 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #751 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please test our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your custom requirements.
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Olympus SZ-30MR history
The Olympus SZ-30MR comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can take a look at all earlier and new models as well as important specifications.
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Olympus SZ-30MR Gallery
You can view the SZ-30MR from various angles in the gallery below.
Olympus SZ-30MR Pros and Cons
Here is a list of positives and negatives of the Olympus SZ-30MR based on features which are typically regarded as useful in a digital camera.
Olympus SZ-30MR Sensor features
The Olympus SZ-30MR houses the TruePic III+ chip. The sensor measurement in the Olympus SZ-30MR is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and provides a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved which means that you have less margin for error.
The image underneath shows the SZ-30MR's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The SZ-30MR sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Olympus SZ-30MR dimensions
Olympus SZ-30MR weighs 0.50 pounds (226 gr / 7.97 ounces) and the size of the camera is 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Olympus SZ-30MR is less heavy compared to its competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Down below is a image of the Olympus SZ-30MR besides a soda so you're able to have a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will illustrate the button layout on the SZ-30MR.
Olympus SZ-30MR Lens features
The SZ-30MR includes a built in lens giving a focal range of 25-600mm giving it a 24.0 x zoom which is huge and can make it easier to zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 25mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.0 which will be very sluggish and not ideal in low light situations and you may find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also need to up your ISO causing noisy images. At the long end, 600mm is amazing zoom and comes to f6.9 making it pretty sluggish and you will have to go with slower shutter speeds.
Olympus SZ-30MR Connectivity
The SZ-30MR has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy files and in some cases adjust settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
Many apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Olympus SZ-30MR Video features
The highest possible video quality in the Olympus SZ-30MR is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 file format. 1080p quality gives a great balance in video quality and file size but 1080p won't leave you with much room to crop. The body does not offer a mic or headphone jack which means you have got zero control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to purchase an alternative model in case you need good audio in your videos.
Olympus SZ-30MR Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing on the Olympus SZ-30MR so you have to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.
Olympus SZ-30MR Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus SZ-30MR has got a 3 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Olympus SZ-30MR are below:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders are quite helpful.
Olympus SZ-30MR Shutter features
Olympus SZ-30MR has the capability to shoot continuously at 2.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/1700 seconds.
Olympus SZ-30MR Flash and Hot shoe features
Olympus SZ-30MR includes just integrated flash lacking external flash support.
Olympus SZ-30MR Autofocus features
Olympus SZ-30MR includes only Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & accurate compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which can be helpful for portraits.
It also includes Tracking AF for objects on the move. Olympus SZ-30MR has no manual focus. Manual focus is good in low light situations or you want more exact control on focus.
Olympus SZ-30MR Battery life
The battery life (LI-50B) on the Olympus SZ-30MR is fashioned to last for 220 images according to the CIPA benchmarks which is less as compared to its rivals. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the best (600) battery life in this kind of cameras.
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Olympus SZ-30MR for different styles of photography
The following bar chart presents a rundown of the Olympus SZ-30MR for different styles of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section underneath.
Olympus SZ-30MR Portrait photography details
The Olympus SZ-30MR has a points tally of 34 which is terrible, and means the camera is not appropriate for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos together with the option to use external lighting.
Olympus SZ-30MR Street photography factors
Getting a decent score of 60, the Olympus SZ-30MR is reasonably adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Olympus SZ-30MR Sports photography info
A terrible sports photography score of 41 means the Olympus SZ-30MR is not appropriate for shooting sports. A camera really should have good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus SZ-30MR Travel photography features
Size is super important in choosing a travel camera. In general, the Olympus SZ-30MR gets a very good 65 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable option to take with you on your travels.
Olympus SZ-30MR Landscape photography info
When you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Olympus SZ-30MR and it's terrible score of 41 as a landscape camera is not appropriate among it's rivals.
Olympus SZ-30MR Vlogging highlights
A camera for vlogging really should come with a moving screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Olympus SZ-30MR is not appropriate for vlogging as it comes to a terrible rating of 34.
Olympus SZ-30MR Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the SZ-30MR, here is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The diagram just below gives you a bird's eye view of the SZ-30MR vs it's highest rated competitors mentioned above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may consider as alternatives. To check out a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.