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

61

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Olympus SH-25MR

59

Olympus SH-25MR

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
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
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Wide angle 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 Significantly cheaper $150.31 vs $367.40
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The best price we've seen is $217 cheaper (2.4x 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              Compared to recent travel zooms

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              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/3.0
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $176

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $180 - $299

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $146 - $149

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $252

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $225 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

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              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $220

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

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              $155

              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $248

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $99

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung WB200F

              Samsung WB200F

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $150

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              GPS Has a GPS
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $300

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              $350

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom

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