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- Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
- Olympus' new travel-zoom is feature-rich and a lot of fun but sacrifices image quality for zoom.
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Digital Camera Review$399.99
This was a case of our eyes disagreeing with our scores. According to our tests, the SZ-31 actually did a pretty decent job eliminating noise. Artifacting rates are only 0.57% at ISO 80, and this figure doesn't cross the 1.00% noise barrier until ISO 1600. Quite impressive for a compact camera. ISO 3200 falls victim to only 1.49% image noise, but the maximum ISO, 6400, is stricken with 2.17%. More on how we test noise.
The SZ-31 offers one additional ISO sensitivity over its predecessor, expanding the camera's total range to 80 - 6400. Shots are barely usable at 6400 due to image noise, so in practice this is pretty much a moot point. And don't be fooled by any spec sheets out there, although a "ISO High" setting is available, this simply unlocks high sensitivities for the Auto ISO function, no extended settings exist.