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

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Olympus SH-25MR

60

Olympus SH-25MR

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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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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 $367.40
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The best price we've seen is $46 cheaper (more than 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

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SH-25MR:$321.25
              SZ-30MR:$367.40
              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

              $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

              $149 - $150

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $290 - $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $290

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus VH-520

              Olympus VH-520

              Travel zoom

              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 E-410

              Olympus E-410

              Entry-level DSLR

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $95 - $129

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Slightly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Travel zoom

              $392 - $399

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $299

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

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              $384

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $212

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $319

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

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