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

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SH-25MR

Winner
Olympus SZ-30MR

58

Olympus SH-25MR

56

Runner-up

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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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
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
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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
$142.50 vs $302.10
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The best price we've seen is $160 cheaper (2.1x 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 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
              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/3.0
              Common Weaknesses

              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

              $220

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Travel zoom

              $226 - $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $164

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $286 - $368

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus VH-520

              Olympus VH-520

              Travel zoom

              $80

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus SH-21

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              $143

              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $214

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $298

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $299

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $120

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

              Sony Cybershot W570

              Ultra compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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