Olympus SZ10 vs Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ10

Really small
Size
Mid size (106×67×38 mm)
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thin
Thickness
1.5"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital

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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
  1. Lens
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  1. 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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Size
Significantly smaller
106×67×38 mm vs 128×88×87 mm
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3.6x smaller
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Weight
Significantly 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
Cheaper
$259.33 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $441 cheaper (2.7x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX10 IS0.0 cm
              SZ101.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX10 IS0.7 fps
              SZ100.9 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX10 IS480p @ 30fps
              SZ10720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SP-620 UZ

              Olympus 620 UZ

              Travel zoom

              $202

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Super zoom

              $999

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $303 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              $489

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger

              Olympus SZ-10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $178

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $106

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus VR-320

              Olympus VR320

              Travel zoom

              $245

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Olympus SZ-11

              Olympus SZ-11

              Digicam

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $309

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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