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

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ10

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
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
0 cm
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $152.82 vs $649.99
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The best price we've seen is $497 cheaper (4.3x less)
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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
              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

              No significant shared competitors found.

              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 Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $400 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger

              Olympus SZ-10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Travel zoom

              $95 - $200

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              $199

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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