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

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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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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 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

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 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
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              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              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

              $176

              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

              $138 - $160

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $330 - $399

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

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $193

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $330 - $389

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Olympus SH-21

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S6600

              Nikon Coolpix S6600

              Travel zoom

              $233

              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $473 - $535

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $149

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $249

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $335

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Travel zoom

              $89 - $159

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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