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

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ10

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

differences

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
Significantly cheaper
$169.43 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $331 cheaper (3x 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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX10 IS:0 cm
              SZ10:1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              $400

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

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $229

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              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

              Olympus SZ-10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $197

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $134

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus SZ-12

              Olympus SZ-12

              Travel zoom

              $252

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $310

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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