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Olympus SZ-30MR

alaTest has collected and analyzed 241 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and design. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the shutter. Many are critical about the manual image adjustments and viewfinder.

responsiveness, portability, performance, design, image quality

features, battery, viewfinder, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SZ-30MR is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus SZ-30MR Review


The market for travel compact cameras is expanding, with most manufacturers launching their iteration of the camera that features an incredibly powerful zoom on a compact body. Olympus is a well-known brand, as far as cameras are concerned and to...

The Olympus SZ-30MR sells in India at a price of Rs. 22,000. The camera is a great when it comes to the design and build quality. It does pretty well in outdoor performance, too. Its compact size allows one to carry it around more easily, as compared...

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Olympus SZ-30MR


Remarkably slim and light for a 24x long zoom digital camera, the Olympus SZ-30MR is a handsome digital camera with a good grip. We liked the easy Panorama mode and a few of the scene modes, but were mystified by a few other modes; most disappointing,...

Excellent grip; Handsome, portable design; 24x zoom in a small package; Panorama mode

Detail blurred by strong noise suppression; Bright colors bloom in bright light; Few manual controls; Too many trips to the menu

Pro: Con: Excellent grip Unique, attractive design Relatively slim for the zoom range 24x wide-angle zoom Sensor-shift image stabilization Full HD 1080p movies Stereo audio recording Optical zoom during movies Very good Super Macro mode Multi-Recording...

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Hands-on Report: Olympus SZ-30MR digital camera review


Good looking Olympus SZ-30MR offers big lens, fun features, and ease of use

Stylish and compact ; Snappy performance and AF ; Versatile lens, handy shooting modes

Average image quality ; Poor Magic Filter options ; button not very helpful

The Olympus SZ-30MR surprised us by delivering good looks, an excellent form factor, tidy interface, and respectable performance. Factor in a sub-$400 price tag for a pocketable 26x zoom camera with 16MP on board, and we feel comfortable giving the...


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Olympus SZ-30MR REVIEW


They keep gettin' longer and longer: compact maxi zoom digicams, that is.

Quality: I had a lot of fun with the longish zoom. Most shots are about average in quality but you will find atmospheric haze interferes with tele shots.

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Amazon review summary for Olympus SZ-30MR


alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 user reviews of Olympus SZ-30MR from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

image quality, portability, design, usability, responsiveness

performance, shutter

73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Thanks, Newegg for a sweet deal!


My first decent camera was an Olympus OM-1, so I knew Olympus meant a quality product. The battery life seems good, but I ordered an extra for extended use. This camera makes me want to use it. I'll probably not use the 3D function or the Magic...

This camera will power up, take a photo, and power down in just over 3 seconds. It can take photos while it records 1080p video. A 24X zoom is amazing in a camera this size. The super macro mode is addictive. The display is easy to see, even in...

The door for the HDMI connector is flimsy plastic and does not seem like it will hold up as long as the rest of the camera. The power button is almost between the Mode knob and the shutter button where it is harder to press with a gloved finger. When...

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wonderful point and shoot


another reviewer said you have to charge with your computer. may not have gotten to step 3 when did the review. You can charge with your computer or plug the USB cable into the included wall plug. I purchased a couple of cheapo aftermarket batteries...

a great point and shoot. perfect for the person that does not want to mess with a lot of controls. nice optical zoom. I reallly like that you can start taking video on the fly (no turning knobs...going thru menus etc.)

will need to buy aftermarket wall charger (also maybe some spare non OEM batteries if you wish to not charge in the camera.)

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Awesome product, fast shipping!


First Newegg purchase. The camera was new in box, and just as described. I love the camera and am very happy with my first purchase through Newegg, as well as my first Olympus camera (I'm usually a Canon girl). The reviews on the camera varies, but I...

fast shipping, great camera, 1080p video, good price


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Olympus SZ-30MR


Wish it had a viewfinder. Zoom in awkward place, hard to regulate it. Other then that great camera!

Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Nice Body Color","Short Lag Time","Small \/ Compact

No Viewfinder

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Sweet Camera


My son bought this with his own $$ instead of an iPod Touch (good for him I say). The only regret I have is that my camera now pales in comparison! He has taken some amazing photographs with this camera. It is simply awesome. He has had zero...

Great pics, fast shutter time, awesome zoom

Clutters up my computer area since it needs to be plugged in to the computer to charge

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WITH EYE-FI

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1700


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Olympus LI-50 B
Battery Type:Olympus LI-50 B


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No