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

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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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
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 Slightly cheaper $321.25 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $28 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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

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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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/3.0
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SH-25MR:$321.25
              SZ-30MR:$349.00

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $194

              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 - $160

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $320

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $215

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $167 - $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $84 - $220

              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $126

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung SH100

              Samsung SH100

              Ultra compact

              $125 - $199

              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Travel zoom

              $214

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Slightly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $130

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $329

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom

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