As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-30MR is also often compared to waterproofs, mirrorless and super zooms. The Olympus SZ-30MR's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus Tough TG-870 and the SZ-31MR) and Sony (such as the NEX 5N and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/3 vs f/3.4), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is slightly less expensive ($280.00 vs $778.57).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), has worse image stabilization (DigitalSensor shift vs lens), is older (march 2011 vs february 2012) and doesn't support an external flash.

Olympus SZ-31MR

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
1 year newer
$341

Significant advantages of the SZ-31MR (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-31MR (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • None found

common strengths of the SZ-31MR and SZ-30MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Inexpensive: $341.19 vs $280.00

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100
similar age
$360

Significant advantages of the S9100 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S9100 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/3

common strengths of the S9100 and SZ-30MR

  • Inexpensive: $359.99 vs $280.00

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
2 years newer
$445

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/3

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and SZ-30MR

  • Inexpensive: $444.70 vs $280.00

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
similar age

Significant advantages of the SX220 HS (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX220 HS (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the SX220 HS and SZ-30MR

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300
2 years newer
$779

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX300 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX300 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/3

common strengths of the DSC-WX300 and SZ-30MR

  • None found

Fujifilm FinePix T300

Fujifilm FinePix T300
similar age

Significant advantages of the T300 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T300 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the T300 and SZ-30MR

  • None found

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/3 vs f/3.5), has significantly more zoom (24x vs 3.6x) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs compact (95×62×22 mm)), has worse image stabilization (DigitalSensor shift vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), doesn't have a screen which flips out and is older (march 2011 vs january 2016).

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the Stylus Tough TG-870 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus Tough TG-870 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • None found

common strengths of the Stylus Tough TG-870 and SZ-30MR

  • None found

Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

Olympus Stylus Tough 8000
2 years older

Significant advantages of the Tough 8000 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Tough 8000 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • None found

common strengths of the Tough 8000 and SZ-30MR

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (DigitalSensor shift vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,400k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 16 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
5 months newer

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5N and SZ-30MR

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 246 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.6"

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10
2 years newer
$380 - $449 (body only)
$390 - $499 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M10 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the E-M10 and SZ-30MR

  • Fairly small: Mid size (119×82×46 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 396 g vs 246 g
  • Thin: 1.8" vs 1.6"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs professional size (123×87×106 mm)), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (march 2011 vs july 2010) and is thinner (1.6" vs 4.2").

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (DigitalSensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't support an external flash and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
7 months older
$420

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • 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-FZ40 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ40 and SZ-30MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 499 g vs 246 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.6"

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SX50 HS (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the SX50 HS (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Larger: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.2" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly heavier: 595 g vs 246 g

common strengths of the SX50 HS and SZ-30MR

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 595 g vs 246 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 1.6"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX1 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX1 (vs the SZ-30MR)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the DSC-HX1 and SZ-30MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (115×83×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 544 g vs 246 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.6"