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Olympus SZ-12

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-12

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-12

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the SZ-12's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Zoom Slightly more zoom 24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
Weight Slightly lighter 226 g vs 254 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX20V's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 0.6 fps
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More than 16.5x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Battery life Longer battery life 320 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Size Slightly smaller 107x62x35 mm vs 106x69x40 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.4" vs 1.6"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
        View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $290 - $399

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Super zoom

        $650

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Olympus SZ-12 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus SZ-14

        Olympus SZ-14

        Digicam

        $130

        Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Olympus Stylus SZ-15

        Olympus Stylus SZ-15

        Travel zoom

        $100 - $200

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

        Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

        Travel zoom

        $149 - $150

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

        Travel zoom

        $145 - $248

        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $348 - $448

        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Travel zoom

        $499

        Lowest price More expensive
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $278

        Size Slightly smaller
        Weight Lighter
        GPS No built-in GPS
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $299 - $350

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Zoom More zoom
        GPS No built-in GPS
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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