Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Great battery life
Battery life
380 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-810 UZ

Size
Really small
Standard size 105x75x73 mm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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Advantages of the Olympus SP-810 UZ

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Smaller
105x75x73 mm vs 124x84x91 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.9 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the SP-810 UZ's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Weight
Lighter
413 g vs 558 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.6"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LZ30

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Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-LZ30's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/850s
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2.4x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.97 vs $292.22
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The best price we've seen is $92 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              SP-810 UZ:36x
              DMC-LZ30:35x
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SP-810 UZ:2.9"
              DMC-LZ30:3.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SP-810 UZ:413 g
              DMC-LZ30:558 g
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SP-810 UZ:0.7 fps
              DMC-LZ30:1 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SP-810 UZ:230k dots
              DMC-LZ30:460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SP-810 UZ:36x
              DMC-LZ30:35x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $239

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $270

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Olympus SP-810 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Super zoom

              $456

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus SP-720UZ

              Olympus 720UZ

              Super zoom

              $145 - $190

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              $320

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus SP-100

              Olympus Stylus SP-100

              Super zoom

              $332 - $370

              Zoom More zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $229 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149 - $279

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Super zoom

              $333

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $250

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Zoom Less zoom
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

              Entry-level DSLR

              $783 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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