New Olympus compact super zoom with the lot – well almost – a glimpse into a future Micro Four Thirds camera

Written by Gary on March 2nd, 2011

Olympus has announced their SZ-30MR – an interesting 24x optical super zoom compact camera with a few new features which I suspect will be incorporated into the next Oympus Micro Four Thirds body.

Dual TruePic III+ image processing engines:

  • multi-recording – records full-resolution, 1080p HD video and 16-megapixel stills at the same time.
  • record two different movies at once:
    • in wide-angle and close-up ( presumably via digital zoom)
    • full HD and lower resolution, or
    • original and filtered (using one of the SZ-30MR’s seven Magic Filters for movies)

1080p HD video

  • most current Olympus cameras are not full 1080p HD

9 frames per second in full 16-megapixel resolution:

  • this presumably needs a global sensor to do 9fps using an electronic shutter
  • Micro Four Thirds users are eagerly awaiting this technology to make its way to them, but I would be surprised if it does this year.

New Art Filters:

  • Watercolor — transform your images with a finish like that of watercolor paintings;
  • Sparkle** — shoot photos with the luxurious feel of twinkling lights;
  • Punk — create two-tone images full of rock-and-roll spirit

3D still image creation via panning:

  • automatically produces an industry standard .mpo image file

Smart panorama mode:

  • automatic panoramic stitching while just panning the camera

Beauty mode:

  • automatic applies filter to smooth skin
  • also a manual in-camera blemish removal tool

Eye-Fi SD card compatibility:

  • allows immediate upload of image file via WiFi to a computer.

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