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

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SH-25MR

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
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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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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)
Zoom Slightly more zoom 20x vs 12.5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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
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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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Size Significantly smaller 109x61x30 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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4.7x smaller
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 220 ms vs 540 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $134.29 vs $689.99
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The best price we've seen is $556 cheaper (5.1x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $115 - $149

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $649

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $445

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $184

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $324 - $430

              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

              $209 - $299

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $215

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Travel zoom

              $399

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $224

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen

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