Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Olympus SZ-11

Olympus SZ10

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Olympus SP-610 UZ

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ10

In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Great macro
Macro focus
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Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-610 UZ

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus SP-610 UZ

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Zoom
Slightly more zoom
22x vs 18x
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Around 50% more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SP-610 UZ's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Olympus SZ10

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
105x67x37 mm vs 107x72x73 mm
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2.1x smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SZ10's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 2.9"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight
Lighter
235 g vs 405 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$148.90 vs $270.99
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The best price we've seen is $122 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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-610 UZ:1.1 fps
              SZ10:0.9 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SP-610 UZ:3,200 ISO
              SZ10:1,600 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $160

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Olympus SP-610 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,378 - $1,799 body only

              $2,199 - $2,399 with 24-105mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Placeholder

              Canon PowerShot SD550

              Compact

              $700

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Placeholder

              Nikon Coolpix 600

              Digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              Olympus SZ-10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $330

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Size Slightly larger
              Olympus SZ-12

              Olympus SZ-12

              Travel zoom

              $224

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price More expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $270

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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