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

Olympus XZ-1

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Olympus XZ-1

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Olympus SZ-30MR

39

Olympus SZ-30MR

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Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

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
Lowest price Cheaper $367.40 vs $443.53
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The best price we've seen is $76 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $362

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

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              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $193

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $247

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              $240

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $230

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $280

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

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              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $161 - $199

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $370

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $402

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              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

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