Updated (July, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS vs Olympus SZ-11

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ10

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Size
Really small
Mid size 105x67x37 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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Advantages of the Canon SX10 IS

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Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the SX10 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Longest exposure Slightly 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
Size Significantly smaller 105x67x37 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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3.6x smaller
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format Higher resolution movies 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Weight Much lighter 235 g vs 600 g
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2.6x lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3.4"
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2.3x thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        SX10 IS:0 cm
        SZ10:1 cm
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        SX10 IS:0.7 fps
        SZ10:0.9 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        SX10 IS:480p @ 30fps
        SZ10:720p @ 30fps
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

        Super zoom

        $600

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $315 - $405

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

        Super zoom

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $420

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker

        Olympus SZ-10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus SP-810 UZ

        Olympus SP-810 UZ

        Super zoom

        $319

        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Nikon Coolpix S210

        Nikon Coolpix S210

        Ultra compact

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $205

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Olympus SZ-20

        Olympus SZ-20

        Travel zoom

        $240

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Olympus SZ-14

        Olympus SZ-14

        Digicam

        $130

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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