Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus SH-25MR vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Winner
Olympus SH-25MR

32

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus SH-25MR

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
Really small
Size
Compact 109x61x30 mm
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS. Explore our gallery of 29 sample photos taken by the Olympus SH-25MR.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
0 cm vs 10 cm
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Almost the same
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/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the SX20 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 12.5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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
Significantly 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 SH-25MR

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
220 ms vs 540 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Size
Significantly smaller
109x61x30 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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4.7x smaller
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SH-25MR's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Much lighter
208 g vs 600 g
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2.9x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.2" vs 3.4"
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2.8x thinner
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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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179 - $207

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $286

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $357

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

              Travel zoom

              $224

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $105

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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