Updated (February 2012): Compare the Olympus SH-25MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SH-25MR

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Olympus SZ-30MR

62

Olympus SH-25MR

60

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
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
Fewer buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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 2 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
109×62×31 mm vs 106×69×40 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
Cheaper
$165.89 vs $309.88
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The best price we've seen is $144 cheaper (around 50% less)
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
3.0 cm vs 10.0 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
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/3
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $197

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Slightly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $225

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $240

              Waterproof Waterproof
              Size Slightly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SH-21

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              $203

              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $300

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

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $416

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $237

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $485

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $88 - $96

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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