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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
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 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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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Size Significantly smaller 105x67x37 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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3.6x smaller
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $275.90 vs $648.88
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The best price we've seen is $373 cheaper (2.4x less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              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
              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $113 - $149

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $445

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              $550

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              $589

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Olympus SZ-10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $174 - $300

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $130

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $235 - $295

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S230

              Nikon Coolpix S230

              Compact

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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