New Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-31MR

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 7, 2012 The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS camera packs incredible power and performance into a single, compact and lightweight body thanks to new enhancements to the popular Long Zoom line. Like its predecessor, the SZ-31MR iHS incorporates revolutionary Multi-Recording functionality that simultaneously captures 1080p HD Video and 16-Megapixel still images without missing a frame. But the innovative Olympus SZ-31MR iHS goes further by combining an outstanding 24x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens (25-600 mm zoom equivalent in 35-mm format) with a new touch panel LCD and powerful new iHS (Intelligent, High-Sensitivity and High-Speed) technologies that capture excellent images and videos in the most challenging backlit and low light conditions.

New iHS technology achieves consistently sharp and vivid images in any situation. iHS draws on the camera’s 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and two separate TruePic V image processors, originally developed for DSLR cameras, to dramatically improve low-light performance, speed up camera response time, enhance scene and subject recognition and double zoom magnification without sacrificing image quality. Combined with High-Speed Sequential Shooting (10 frames-per-second) and high-speed autofocus, iHS reduces picture noise and enhances resolution and color gradation despite fast-moving subjects, night scenes and other tricky shots.

Thanks to the ingenious Multi-Recording feature that enables users to combine various photo and video recording modes simultaneously, you’ll never have to choose between capturing 1080p Full HD Videos or still images again. A simple tap on the LCD screen captures a photo while you’re recording video – all without interrupting your movie making.

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS brings you close to your subjects with its lens, and while you can’t physically touch them from afar, the camera‘s touch-sensitive, 3.0-inch 920,000-dot LCD display helps you effortlessly capture and display images, change camera focus, shutter speed and zoom, or navigate the Live Guide controls by simply touching the screen. Whether you’re trying to capture your child’s first time at bat from a distant bleacher seat or zooming in on a delicate wildlife subject unaware of your presence, the action will feel so close, you can almost touch it.

Multi Motion Movie IS (Image Stabilization for video) and Dual Image Stabilization (for still images) all but eliminate blur, even when you’re moving and shooting at the same time. Hand-Held Starlight Mode enables you to shoot blur-free, beautiful night scenes while holding the camera in your hands and without a tripod.

Twelve Magic Art Filters power your creativity by adding a whole range of special effects to both your images and videos directly in the camera. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS offers three new Magic Art Filters. Reflection takes the image and duplicates it across a horizontal or vertical plane of symmetry creating powerful illusions, Fragmented turns an image into a photo composed of multiple tiles, similar to puzzle pieces, and Dramatic partially changes the contrast of the image for a vividly surreal look.

When you’re back from your adventures, enjoy Full HD Video and HDMI control in broadcast-quality 1080p when played back on an HDTV. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS also makes photo slideshows even more entertaining by incorporating music and transition effects.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS will be available in late April and ships with a Strap, USB Cable, USB-to-AC Adapter (F-2AC), Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50B), Quick Start Guide, A/V Cable, Instruction Manual on CD-ROM, a software CD-ROM including [ib] (Windows) and OLYMPUS Viewer 2 (Win/Mac), and a Warranty Card.

Estimated Street Price: $399.99 (Available in Silver and Black)

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1593 

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS specifications 

Price
MSRP Estimated Street price: $399.99
Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Other resolutions 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels 16.0 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Dual TruePic V
Image
ISO Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets 4
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format No
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25 – 600 mm
Optical zoom 24×
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus No
Normal focus range 60 cm (23.62″)
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39″)
Lens mount None
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT Color LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Maximum aperture F3.0 – F6.9
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/1700 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Program Auto
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Hand-Held Starlight
  • Night Scene
  • Night + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Indoor
  • Self Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Cuisine
  • Documents
  • Beach & Snow
  • Pet (Cat)
  • Pet (Dog)
  • 3D,
  • Backlight HDR
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 9.3 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Continuous drive Yes (7, 15, 60 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Format
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included 59 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Type D)
Wireless EyeFi
Remote control No
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-ion rechargeable LI-50B battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 200
Weight (inc. batteries) 226 g (0.50 lb / 7.97 oz)
Dimensions 106 x 69 x 40 mm (4.17 x 2.72 x 1.57″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Source: Dpreview