Olympus SP-810 UZ

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Olympus SP-810 UZ

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-810 UZ

Great zoom
Zoom
36x
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

differences

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
Zoom
More zoom
36x vs 16x
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More than 5x more zoom
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.9 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SP-810 UZ's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SP-810 UZ's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS8

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Size
Smaller
105x58x33 mm vs 105x75x73 mm
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2.9x smaller
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/850s
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4.7x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 2.9"
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2.2x thinner
Weight
Lighter
210 g vs 413 g
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Around 50% lighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
1.9 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.99 vs $292.22
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The best price we've seen is $42 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SP-810 UZ:0.7 fps
              DMC-ZS8:1.9 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SP-810 UZ:3,200 ISO
              DMC-ZS8:1,600 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189 - $227

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $305

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              Olympus SP-810 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Super zoom

              $461

              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
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              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 E-420

              Olympus E-420

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $325 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $330

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures

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