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

34

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

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

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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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus XZ-1.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
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 2 f-stops 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
$206.00 vs $309.85
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The best price we've seen is $104 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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SZ-30MR6,400 ISO
              XZ-1None
              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 XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $976

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SP-720UZ

              Olympus 720UZ

              Super zoom

              $181

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $200

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $150 - $210

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Travel zoom

              $90

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $166

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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