Olympus has introduced a pair of point-and-shoot cameras that can allegorically be compared to peas of differing pods. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS, which sports a 24x 25 to 600mm equivalent zoom lens, is the extreme zoom of the duo. The Olympus TG-820 iHS is the one you’ll want to take along the next time you run, bike and swim your way through an Ironman Triathlon.
In addition to an extended range zoom lens, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS, which is available in a choice of black or silver, features a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, a 3.0-inch 920,000-dot touch panel LCD, Eye-Fi compatibility, 1080p full HD video and full-res stills at up to seven frames per second when shooting in Hi-Speed Continuous mode.
For those who find the standard and 2D capabilities of the 25 to 600mm equivalent lens limiting, the SZ-31MR iHS can also capture 3D stills as well as ultra-wide panorama images when set to Smart Panorama mode. The new extreme zoom also contains a slew of Olympus’s Magic Filters, which can be used in both still and movie modes. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS records stills and video to your choice of SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
For all you Ironman competitors, parasailors, skiers and snorkelers out there, Olympus has also introduced the Olympus TG-820 iHS, a tough, pocket-sized digital camera that can shoot stills and 720p video through its 28-140mm equivalent zoom, as far as 16' (4.8m) below the waves, and will survive drops from up to five feet (1.52m) above sea level onto terra firma. The TG-820 iHS can also remain operational when it’s as cold as 14°F (-10°C).
On the technical front, the Olympus TG-820 iHS features a 12MP BSI CMOS sensor, a 3.0-inch 1,030,000-dot Hi-Def LCD, Eye-Fi compatibility, LED lamps for shooting detailed macro stills and video, Magic Filters for both still and movie capture and the ability to shoot both 3D and in-camera panoramas.
|SZ-31MR iHS||TG-820 iHS|
|Image Sensor||1/2.3" CMOS||1/2.3" CMOS|
|Lens Focal Length (equivalent)||25-600mm||28-140mm|
|Display||3" 920K-dot Touch Screen LCD||3" 1030K-dot LCD|
|Memory Card Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi||SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi|
|Power Source||LI-50B Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery||LI-50B Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery|
|Colors||Silver, Black||Silver, Black, and Blue|