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

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Olympus SH-25MR

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SH-25MR

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 109x61x30 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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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 $149.21 vs $217.37
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The best price we've seen is $68 cheaper (more than 30% 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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              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

              $129 - $150

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $246

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

              Travel zoom

              $192

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              $199

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $300 - $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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $340 - $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Olympus SH-25MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $240

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $400

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

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $299 - $799 with 14mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung WB1100F

              Samsung WB1100F

              Super zoom

              $188 - $202

              Zoom More zoom
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $167 - $227

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $291 - $320

              GPS Has a GPS
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $146

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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