Updated (January 2013): Compare the Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SH-25MR

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Olympus SZ-30MR

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Olympus SH-25MR

59

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

Great macro
Macro focus
3.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SH-25MR

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
220 ms shutter lag

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differences

Advantages of the Olympus SH-25MR

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SH-25MR's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Size
Slightly smaller
109×62×31 mm vs 106×69×40 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.2" vs 1.6"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
208 g vs 246 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$165.09 vs $311.12
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The best price we've seen is $146 cheaper (around 50% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1700s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
Zoom
More zoom
24x vs 12.5x
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More than 3.5x more zoom
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/3
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $160

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $120 - $210

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SH-21

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              $220

              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Stylus 820

              Olympus Stylus 820

              Compact

              $250

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $224

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SP-720UZ

              Olympus 720UZ

              Super zoom

              $145

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm X-M1

              Fujifilm X-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 - $499 body only

              $599 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $985

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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