Olympus is unveiling today their new multi-resolution digital camera in the form the the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS. This relatively compact ultra-zoom packs an outstanding optically stabilized 24X ultra-wide optical zoom lens with a brand-new 16 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor which promises better low-light sensitivity than previous generations.
The headline MR or Multi-Resolution feature uses a high-speed readout to simultaneously capture still images while recording full 1080p HD video. It can also shoot sequentially at 10 FPS at its full 16 megapixels resolution to capture high-speed motion at the height of action. The ultra-sharp 3″ touchscreen LCD with 920K pixels responds to touches during video recording to capture still images without touching the shutter-release and risking to shake the camera that way.
This ultra-zoom is designed with a good hand-grip to provide the extra stability needed by its 25-600mm equivalent lens. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is scheduled to be available in April for $399 USD.