Olympus SZ-31MR Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle
  • 1080p full HD video recording with stereo sound
  • Multi-recording function for stills and video simultaneously
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 7 fps continuous shooting
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-01-18
  • Final Grade: 86 4.3 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus SZ-31MR
16 megapixel CMOS sensor; 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle; 1080p full HD video recording with stereo sound; Multi-recording function for stills and video simultaneously; 3-inch touchscreen LCD; Optical image stabilization; 7 fps continuous shooting; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Announced alongside the SZ-12, the SZ-31MR has the same body and lens range but contains a CMOS sensor rather than CCD. A bit bulkier than your pocket, the SZ-31MR fits an impressive 24x zoom in a relatively small body. For an extra $200 the SZ-31MR adds a touch screen, 1080p video recording, that better sensor, 7fps continuous shooting, and the ability to record stills and video simultaneously. Is it worth the premium?

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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