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

Olympus SH-25MR

Winner
Olympus SH-25MR

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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SH-25MR

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Compact 109x61x30 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 

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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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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)
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
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Longest exposure
Slightly 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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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
220 ms vs 540 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
109x61x30 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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4.7x smaller
Screen size
Significantly 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
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
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
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
$140.74 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $559 cheaper (5x 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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $500

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $239

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Super zoom

              $850

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SH-21

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              $161

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $194

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $179 - $289

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

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

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