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

Olympus SH-25MR

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SH-25MR

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Size
Really small
Compact 109x61x30 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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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)
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 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 Significantly cheaper $321.25 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $279 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $204

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              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

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $420

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 VH-520

              Olympus VH-520

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus E-410

              Olympus E-410

              Entry-level DSLR

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Movie format Does not take movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $95 - $129

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen

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