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

Olympus SZ-30MR

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Olympus SZ-30MR

63

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Olympus SH-25MR

60

Olympus SH-25MR

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SH-25MR

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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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 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Size Slightly smaller 109x61x30 mm vs 106x69x40 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Lowest price Cheaper $144.15 vs $367.40
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The best price we've seen is $223 cheaper (2.5x 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
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Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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Macro focus Much better macro capability 3 cm vs 10 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 Common Weaknesses
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/3.0

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $193

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $144 - $224

              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
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              $240

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $399

              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
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $289 - $400

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $120 - $250

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus SH-21

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              $159

              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $195

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $275

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

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S70

              Nikon Coolpix S70

              Compact

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $320

              GPS Has a GPS
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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