Updated (July 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Olympus SZ-11

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Olympus SZ10

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

66

Olympus SZ-10

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ10

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.9 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX230 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
106×59×33 mm vs 106×67×38 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Olympus SZ10

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
18x vs 14x
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Around 70% more zoom
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$180.03 vs $229.88
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX230 HS3.2 fps
              SZ100.9 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX230 HS3,200 ISO
              SZ101,600 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175 - $250

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $389

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $265

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $307

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $234

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Olympus SZ-10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Samsung WB850F

              Samsung WB850F

              Travel zoom

              $340

              GPS Has a GPS
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Lowest price More expensive
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $115

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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