Olympus SZ-30MR

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Interesting. The SZ-30MR can capture both stills and video at the same time. It’s a super-zoom camera capable of simultaneously capturing 1080p HD video and 16-megapixel still images, with a 24x optical wide-zoom lens, and 3.0-inch, high-resolution LCD.

Multi-Recording harnesses the camera’s dual TruePic III+ Image processor, making it possible to record simultaneously in more than one mode and in a variety of combinations. Users can record two different movies at once: in wide-angle and close-up; full HD and lower resolution or original and filtered (using one of the SZ-30MR’s seven Magic Filters for movies). In addition, with the Photo with Movie Clip setting, it is now possible to capture moving footage before and after taking a single photo.

That 24x wide-optical zoom delivers the equivalent of 25-600 mm.

The 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor produces what Olympus says are consistently sharp and vivid images with higher sensitivity and lower noise. The camera incorporates a Handheld Starlight Mode, enabling you to shoot blur-free, beautiful night scenes while holding the camera in your hands, without the need for a tripod.

The SZ-30MR is capable of capturing images at a 9 frames per second in full 16-megapixel resolution.

In-camera Magic Art Filters let you enhance and customize both stills and videos as they are being captured. Magic Filter Movie is a new feature that enables you to apply Magic Art Filters to your high-definition videos. The Multi-Recording Function also allows photographers to simultaneously capture a Magic Filter movie and one without Magic Filter applied to it.

The Magic Art Filters for stills and HD videos: Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish-Eye, Soft Focus, Drawing, plus the new Watercolour, Sparkle and Punk.

The new 3D Mode – select the 3D Photo shooting mode, release the shutter for your first shot, slowly pan until the camera automatically takes a second image from a slightly different perspective – process the data in-camera, resulting in an .mpo file, the universal industry 3D format for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.

The SZ-30MR also offers Dual Image Stabilization. Mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization compensates for camera movement in low-light conditions when shutter speeds are slower while Digital Image Stabilization freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds. The camera offers ISO sensitivity to 3200, and iAuto mode automatically detects low-light scenes and adjusts the ISO accordingly for the best image quality.

In-Camera Smart Panorama mode creates a panoramic image from multiple shots.

Beauty Mode touches up the appearance of your subject’s skin as the photo is captured, softening shadows and smoothing wrinkles or blemishes on your subject’s face, in-camera, as you capture the image. Subtle edits can be made post-capture using the Beauty Fix mode.

AF Tracking technology locks focus on fast-moving subjects and continuously adjusts focus and brightness.

Intelligent Auto Mode automatically identifies what you are shooting (i.e., Portrait, Night + Portrait, Landscape, Macro or Sports) and adjusts the camera’s settings to capture the best quality results.

Shadow Adjustment Technology compensates for extreme contrast where the shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail. With this technology, you can preview and capture images that have the same contrast as seen with the naked eye.

S-series cameras have scene modes and enhanced In-Camera Help Guides. There are two new Pet Modes, offering the ability to recognize the faces of a variety of breeds of both cats and dogs.

The Olympus SZ-30MR will be available in April, with an estimated street price of $399.99.

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