Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1 vs Olympus SZ-30MR

Winner
Olympus XZ-1

42

Olympus SZ-30MR

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
24x vs 4x
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36x more zoom
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Weight
Slightly lighter
246 g vs 275 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The XZ-1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.99 vs $307.03
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The best price we've seen is $107 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1700s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SZ-30MR:6,400 ISO
              XZ-1:None
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $171

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $120

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              $201

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              Samsung NX11

              Samsung NX11

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $430

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $338

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung TL500

              Samsung TL500

              Pro digicam

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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