16 megapixels; Backside-illuminated CMOS sensor; 24x optical zoom; 25 wide-angle; Optical image stabilization (sensor-shift); 3-inch LCD (460k pixels); 1080p HD video; Simultaneously record video and stills; 9fps burst shooting; Magic Art filters; Max ISO 6400; 3D image capture; HDMI out; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The SZ-30MR is the latest Olympus superzoom, packing a 24x zoom and simultaneous 1080p video/16mp photo recording. It's a significant redesign from their SP line of past years, and looks like it might be one of the thinnest superzooms ever (though still a bit too chunky to be a compact zoom). It's a CMOS-backed camera, which should help boost its high-ISO image quality and will also allow for a speedy burst mode -- 9fps, according to Olympus. Most of these specs are in line with the current superzoom crop, though we're very impressed by the simultaneous video/still capture. As with most CMOS-backed cameras, we expect image quality to be a bit "soft" throughout the focal range -- that's just a side effect of the sensor type, but the bloated megapixel count won't help the cause. It's in the same boat with a lot of cameras this year, and at first glance, it seems to have enough separating it from the pack to possibly gain some extra attention.