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Olympus SZ-20 and SZ-30MR : SuperZoom, BSI sensor and MultiRecording

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The new SZ-20 and SZ-30MR belong to the new SZ (SuperZoom) range launched by Olympus last month at the CP+. They get a backside illuminated CMOS sensor for Full HD video recording and an innovative MultiRecording mode.

published : Thursday, March 03, 2011  by raphael 
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OLYMPUS   Mju 9010  | Theme : Digital Photography  | Compact digital camera

Olympus SZ-20 and SZ-30MR

The Olympus SZ-20 and SZ-30MR are not far from being bridge cameras but they lack of viewfinder. Yet, they belong to the SZ, Super Zoom, family that Olympus introduced last month at the CP+ show with the SZ-10. The SZ-20 has an average 12,5x zoom, yet quite wide angle (24-300mm) but the SZ-30MR benefit from a quite powerfull 24x lens equivalent to a 25-600mm ! Both cameras are stabilized thanks to sensor shift.

Olympus SZ-30MR

16 megapixels CMOS sensor : backside illuminated

Both the SZ-20 and the SZ-30MR get the latest 16 megapixels backside illuminated sensor which allow quick capture for night portrait without tripod, sweep panorama and Full HD video recording. Along with the TruePic III+, they can reach ISO 3200 as an extreme sensibility. This CMOS sensor will be found in a wide array of compact cameras in 2011 and among an overwhelming majority of brands.
In addition to that, the SZ-30MR get a "MultiRecording" mode allowing the camera to take full resolution stills while recording Full HD movies. Actually, this mode goes further enabling the user to shoot for instance two scenes, one at wide angle and one at telephoto or one in normal mode and an other one with a digital filter applied.

Olympus SZ-30MR
Both cameras get a 3" / 460 000 dots rear screen.

Olympus SZ-20 and SZ-30 : the press release

When Olympus launched the SZ-10 in February, it was hard to believe the zoom in a compact camera could get any more powerful. The new SZ-30MR proves that it can. With a jaw-dropping 24x wide optical zoom (25-600mm), this state-of-the-art flagship breaks all the rules in the compact category – and it breaks records too. The SZ-30MR is the first camera ever to offer simultaneous recording of 1080p Full HD movies and 16 Megapixel still photos. So with the SZ-30MR, users can shoot in high resolution with different combinations of recording modes at once, and then share their shots in the format of their choice. For example, as a movie and digital still or a wide-angle shot and a close-up. Like the SZ-30MR, the new SZ-20 is astonishingly slender for a camera with huge zooming power. The super-slim design makes both SZ models ideal for people who like to travel light but insist on the very best spec. With a backlit CMOS sensor for excellent pictures in low light, 3D photo shooting and Eye-Fi card compatibility, these cameras combine practicality with beauty and sheer imaging power.

MR is for a Multi Recording
The SZ-30MR is the world's first camera to record 1080p Full HD movie and 16 Megapixel stills at the same time thanks to an ingenious feature Olympus calls Multi Recording. For anyone who's ever shot a scene one way, then (when it was too late) wished they'd done everything differently, MR is a must. Dual Engine TruePic III+ image processors give the SZ-30MR the power 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's now possible to capture moving footage before and after taking a single photo. These innovations give users the fun and flexibility of sharing their shots in a variety of media from full-size prints to video clips for their favourite social media website. Both new models come with wireless Eye-Fi compatibility, so they can upload photos automatically to the Web no cables required.

SZ is for Super Zoom
The Super Zoom SZ Series lives up to its name with a 24x wide optical zoom on the SZ-30MR and an equally impressive 12.5x super wide optical zoom on the significantly lower priced SZ-20. With this sort of zooming power it's easy to take exceptional shots, from the expressive face of a gargoyle high up on a church roof to an emotive movie close-up of battling athletes. The pixel-rich 1080p Full HD movie format ensures the best moving picture quality currently available in a compact camera with breathtaking realism, clarity and colour when users play back on a large Full HD TV.

S is for state-of-the-art
The SZ-30MR and SZ-20 are packed with the smartest technology the compact camera world has to offer, giving users a host of features that make it easy to get creative, transfer movies or photos wirelessly and capture just the shot they want in excellent quality. Both cameras offer 3D still photo shooting and eight Magic Filters, including the new Sparkle and Watercolour options. Pet Detection mode automatically snaps dog or cat faces just as they look up, while with Smart Panorama, users simply pan from side to side to get a sweeping panorama picture.

Distinguishing features:

Image Quality
- 24x wide optical zoom (25-600mm) for exceptional close-ups

Creativity - Flexibility
- Multi Recording with Dual Engine TruePic III+ image processor for recording movies and photos simultaneously, or two movies in different modes or from different angles

Olympus SZ-20
The Olympus SZ-20.

Image Quality
- 12.5x super wide optical zoom (24-300mm) for superb close-ups
- TruePic III+ image processor for ideal colour reproduction and low noise

Common features:
Image Quality
- 1080p Full HD Movie with sound for capturing movies in the best image quality currently available in compact cameras
- 16 Megapixel backlit CMOS sensor for high-resolution, superb-quality full-size movies, stills and prints, even in low light
- Dual Image Stabilisation for reducing blur with fast-moving shots

- 3" colour LCD (460,000 dots) for easily framing, reviewing and sharing shots
- Smart Panorama for capturing sweeping stills just by panning the camera
- Handheld Starlight Mode for shooting blur-free at night without a tripod
- Advanced Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology for capturing people's faces just as you want them
- Beauty Mode for hiding unwanted blemishes
- Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF Tracking for easy setting and focussing
- Pet Detection Mode for automatically capturing dog's or cat's faces when they look at the camera
- Scene Mode for automatic settings that suit specific conditions
(e.g., Landscape, Night)

Creativity - Flexibility
- Eye-Fi Card compatibility for automatic wireless uploading of images to a website or PC
- 3D photo shooting mode for striking stills
- Magic Filters for adding creative effects to HD movies and/or stills:
Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Soft Focus, Fish Eye, plus new Sparkle (photos only) and Watercolour

Other key features
- Photo surfing and [ib] software for browsing, organising and viewing images by person, place, location or event
- HDMI technology for controlling your camera from one remote when it's connected to HD equipment
- ISO 80 to 3200
- SDHC and SDXC memory card compatible
- Built-in flash
- In-camera manual
- USB charging

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