• 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

Olympus' new travel-zoom is feature-rich and a lot of fun but sacrifices image quality for zoom.

Introduction

Olympus' brand new SZ-31MR is a moderately expensive travel-zoom that replaces the SZ-30MR in the company's lineup. This is a relatively minor update, offering slight changes to the control layout, the addition of a new touchscreen rear monitor, and a small boost to burst shooting speed. The 30MR's best features have been carried over, such as the giant 24x zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, and the heavily-advertised "Multi-Recording functionality."

The SZ-31MR is sometimes listed with the "iHS" suffix (though the badge is barely noticeable on the retail box) and this supposedly stands for "Intelligent High Speed" or "Intelligent High Sensitivity." Fair enough, the camera is fast for its size, and offers one additional ISO level over its predecessor. But we'll let our lab tests decide whether this "new technology" is more than just marketing.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Photo Gallery
  5. Image Quality
  6. Sharpness
  7. Color
  8. Noise Reduction
  9. Distortion
  10. Video
  11. Usability
  12. Ease of Use
  13. Handling
  14. Controls
  15. Speed
  16. Features
  17. Extras
  18. Video Features
  19. Conclusion
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Chris was born and raised less than ten miles from our editorial office, and even graduated from nearby Merrimack College. He came to Reviewed after covering the telecommunications industry, and has been moonlighting as a Boston area dining critic since 2008.