As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-20 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless, super zooms and compacts. The Olympus SZ-20's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX710 HS and the Rebel T4i) and Nikon (such as the 1 S2 and the Coolpix S4000)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-20 compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 2.3 fps), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is older (march 2011 vs january 2013) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
3 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SZ-20)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SZ-20)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX710 HS and SZ-20

  • None found

Olympus 620 UZ

Olympus SP-620 UZ
10 months newer

Significant advantages of the 620 UZ (vs the SZ-20)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 620 UZ (vs the SZ-20)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2500 of a second

common strengths of the 620 UZ and SZ-20

  • None found

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the SZ-20)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the SZ-20)

  • None found

common strengths of the SZ-16 iHS and SZ-20

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3

Pentax Optio RZ10

Pentax Optio RZ10
6 months older
$264

Significant advantages of the RZ10 (vs the SZ-20)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the RZ10 (vs the SZ-20)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the RZ10 and SZ-20

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS7 (vs the SZ-20)

  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS7 (vs the SZ-20)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Shoots slower: 2.3 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the DMC-ZS7 and SZ-20

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-20 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (DigitalSensor shift vs none), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 5 fps), is much smaller (compact (102×64×30 mm) vs professional size (133×100×79 mm)), is thinner (1.2" vs 3.1") and is much lighter (206 g vs 575 g).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the T4i (vs the SZ-20)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the T4i (vs the SZ-20)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Compact (102×64×30 mm)
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the T4i and SZ-20

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-20 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has image stabilization (DigitalSensor shift vs none) and shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 0.5 fps).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 14.2 MP), is older (march 2011 vs may 2014) and has a built-in lens.

Nikon 1 S2

Nikon 1 S2
3 years newer
$378 (body only)
$300 11-2mm lens

Significant advantages of the S2 (vs the SZ-20)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the S2 (vs the SZ-20)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift

common strengths of the S2 and SZ-20

  • Fairly small: Compact (101×61×29 mm) vs Compact (102×64×30 mm)
  • Very light: 190 g vs 206 g
  • Very thin: 1.2" vs 1.2"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-20 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 27 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (compact (102×64×30 mm) vs prosumer size (118×76×89 mm)) and shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 2.3 fps).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (DigitalSensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and much shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
1 year older
$750

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the SZ-20)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the SZ-20)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 27 mm vs 24 mm
  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and SZ-20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Compact (102×64×30 mm)
  • Very light: 367 g vs 206 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 1.2"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-20 compared to compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 35 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 115k dots), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 0.9 fps) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it is significantly larger (compact (102×64×30 mm) vs super compact (95×57×20 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (1.2" vs 0.8"), is slightly heavier (206 g vs 131 g) and much shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Nikon Coolpix S4000

Nikon Coolpix S4000
1 year older
$183

Significant advantages of the S4000 (vs the SZ-20)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×57×20 mm) vs Compact (102×64×30 mm)
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.2"

Significant disadvantages of the S4000 (vs the SZ-20)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 27 mm vs 24 mm
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift

common strengths of the S4000 and SZ-20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.2"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12
4 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX12 (vs the SZ-20)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (94×51×24 mm) vs Compact (102×64×30 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 1.2"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX12 (vs the SZ-20)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 24 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the DMC-FX12 and SZ-20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.2"