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

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Olympus SZ-30MR over the Olympus SH-25MR.
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SH-25MR

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact (109×62×31 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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Explore our gallery of 29 sample photos taken by the Olympus SH-25MR.

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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$142.85 vs $323.44
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The best price we've seen is $181 cheaper (2.3x less)
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
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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              SH-25MR10.0 cm
              SZ-30MR3.0 cm

              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

              $125

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $271 - $348

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,699 - $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $165

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Olympus SH-21

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              $222

              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $334

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Olympus SZ-10

              Olympus SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $142

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $424

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

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