This review is devoted to SZ-30MR that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Mar 02, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #126 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 40/100 and it takes a rank of #923 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus SZ-30MR review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus SZ-30MR. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.
Olympus SZ-30MR has the following external dimensions 106 x 106 x 40 mm (41.73 x 27.17 x 15.75″) with the weight of 226 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus SZ-30MR, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus SZ-30MR is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 40mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus SZ-30MR with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus SZ-30MR is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus SZ-30MR compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Olympus SZ-30MR comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Olympus SZ-30MR comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Olympus SZ-30MR boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Olympus SZ-30MR has the following ISO range 80 - 3200 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus SZ-30MR. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .
Olympus SZ-30MR features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Olympus SZ-30MR is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus SZ-30MR with other standard sensor sizes.
Olympus SZ-30MR is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Olympus SZ-30MR are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/1700 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, SZ-30MR unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, SZ-30MR has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus SZ-30MR, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus SZ-30MR allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.
Olympus SZ-30MR provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Olympus SZ-30MR is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect SZ-30MR to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus SZ-30MR provides a shooting life of 220, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Olympus SZ-30MR is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus SZ-30MR’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus SZ-30MR’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SZ-30MR to the average SuperZoom camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-30MR performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 56. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-30MR can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-30MR performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 31. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-30MR can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-30MR performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-30MR can be called a 48 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-30MR performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 55. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-30MR can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-30MR performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-30MR can be called a 38 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Mar 02, 2011|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/1700 s|
|Continuous Shooting||2.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Physical Dimensions||106 x 69 x 40 mm|
|Battery Life||220 shots|
|Battery Type||220 shots|