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Olympus SZ30 16 MP Digital Camera, Wide-Angle 24x Optical Zoom with Multi-Recording Capability and 3" LCD (Silver) (Old Model)

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  • 3-inch LCD display
  • Wide Angle HD; Tue Pic III 24X Zoom
  • 1080P HD Movie and HDMI Controlq
  • 16 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • 7FPS High-Speed Continuous Shooting (16 MP)
  • Multi-Recording Function
  • Tue Pic III 24X Zoom
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Product Description

Enjoy superb image quality in an ultra-compact, lightweight body with amazing features like a 16MP CMOS sensor for high-quality images with less noise, 7fps High-Speed Continuous Shooting, and Hand-Held Starlight mode for high performance in low light. Plus, capture full 16MP resolution stills & 1080p HD movies simultaneously - you won't miss a single moment.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.2 x 1.6 x 2.7 inches
Item Weight 8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
ASIN B004S7QKDC
Item model number 228825
Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
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4.1 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,952 in Camera & Photo
#1,884 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com March 15, 2011

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Update 8-21-2011
I found the youtube feature on the video settings. It offers different video quality settings and some optimized ofr youtube. ALso, the burst feature is amazin, yesterday I tok a burst of 35 photos in the space of 5 seconds! Amazing.....

First off, I own several "digital" cameras and have also previously had a few long zoom cameras.I don't like "big" cameras because I don't like lugging them around. So when I have owned long zoom cameras in the past, though I have liked them, tended to not use them much because I didn't like carrying them around, thus always ended up selling them.
I have been keeping an eye out for a small point and shoot with a 20+ optical zoom and stumbled upon this one by chance on the Olympus web-site.
I was impressed by what I saw, read a few reviews and ordered it off amazon.com (of course!) and received it the very next day. Right out of the box, the quality of the build stood out, it was also well laid out and I was delighted to find the battery was almost fully charged.
I headed over to a nearby park and snapped off some photos and a few video clips.
The quality of the photos and video were excellent, I used some of the "magic" settings which are special effects, I usually dismiss these types of effects as gimmicks but found some of them to be impressive.

Pluses
The photos have really nice colors and look very life-like (which is what a camera should be capable of!)
The zoom is quiet and smooth
Zoom works with HD and sound (the SP800UZ did not and went straight back!)
You can take photos while shooting HD video (though not sure yet where it saves them)
It can shoot HD video and say, 480 x 640 video (great for youtube etc or emailing) at the same time which is very impressive.
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I have had this camera for about a week now and so far I am very satisfied. I got this camera because I don't like caring around my digital camera for photos and my HD Camcorder for video. While this is in no way a complete replacement for my Digital SLR and my HD Camcorder, it does the job well quite well and is well worth having an all in one in my pocket. I will still use my stand alone devices for those planned events when I want the very best. For general day to day shots of family and fun times it is perfect and at a fair price.

PROS:
You can operate the zoom while shooting video. Not all cameras do this.
You can take full res snap shots while recording video. Again, the Multi-Recording is why I bought this.
You can shoot multi sized photos or videos simultaneously. This is great for a having a lower res copy ready for upload instantly.
The zoom is 24x optical and it fits in my pocket. The speed of the glass is very good considering the focal range of this unit.
You can capture about 29 minutes continuos video at full 1080 (4GB limit on file size for SD cards)
I was concerned about not having a view finder, but so far I can see the display well enough in daylight.

CONS
The noise of the zoom and auto-focus motor is picked up when recording video, not very noticeable when there are other sounds being recorded, but very noticeable when there's relative silence.(my old canon camera produced a constant high pitch whine throughout all videos. This is only when zooming and focus and less noticable.(Again, this is not a true replcement for a dedicated camcorder.)
There seems to be a 2 snapshot limit of still pics while recording video. I'm not certain if that is a setting I can change or what the deal is.
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This going to be a quick and dirty review. I got this camera just over a week ago to replace my Canon A720IS. My Canon is a great camera and gives great shots and is solid as a rock. All the paint is warn off all the edges from accompanying me on hunting, camping, traveling and daily use. But I had a family todo and wanted a long zoom and HD video. I spent a lot of time checking out cameras from Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Canon and others and none had everything I wanted. Then at the last minute I found the SZ-30mr. It was so new I could not find any hands on reviews but it had everything I was looking for and took a leap of faith, bared my credit card and bought it. I was not disappointed. I was so busy before traveling for a wedding/reunion for which I bought this camera for, I did not get a chance to learn it. However, it was not that difficult. And I was able master it enough to get the job done. I bought a 16 gig SD card, a spare battery and external charger. I like the external charger since it does not take the camera out of action during charging. Plus the cable is propitiatory and makes it one more thing to carry and get lost and does not work with anything else. I spent a week traveling for a wedding/family reunion and took tons of pictures and videos. Every morning I would change the battery. I was able to video 90 percent of the time of a wedding ceremony at full 1080i and take full resolution 16 megapixel stills at the same time as well as taking many videos and stills at the reception before the battery gave out and of course like an idiot I left the spare battery in the charger! But by that that time toasts had been made, cakes were cut and dances were made and anything I did miss was not important.Read more ›
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