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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ10

Really small
Size
Mid size 105x67x37 mm
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
$166.36 vs $319.93
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The best price we've seen is $154 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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Olympus SZ-12

              Olympus SZ-12

              Travel zoom

              $203

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Slightly larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              $193

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD

              Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD

              Super zoom

              $180

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Ricoh Caplio GX200

              Ricoh Caplio GX200

              Pro digicam

              $1,130

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Olympus SZ-10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $145

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Super zoom

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix SL300

              Fujifilm FinePix SL300

              Super zoom

              $120

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Much larger

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