Olympus SZ-31MR super-zoom compact camera rears its peeping head

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olympus-sz-31mr-superzoom.jpgThought we were done with Olympus cameras for one day? Think again! Next up on their long list of releases today is the SZ-31MR super-zoom compact camera.

The successor to the SZ-30MR, it offers the same 16 megapixel backlit sensor and 24x (25-600mm) optical zoom as its predecessor, but adds in a new image processor in the shape of the dual engine TruePic V.

Olympus’s new iHS (Intelligent, High-Sensitivity and High-Speed) tech is onboard, which the company claims leads to sharper, more vivid images. ISO range is 80 to 640. You’ll also get a smart panorama mode, HDR backlight adjustments, an advanced i-Auto mode, Auto Focus tracking, and face and pet detection for your pooch.

Full HD video can be recorded too, while a 3-inch, 920k dot touchscreen LCD sits on the rear, offering touch auto-focus and shutter controls.

Hitting stores in late March, the SZ-31MR will set you back £299.99.

Gerald Lynch