Updated (February 2012): Compare the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Olympus SZ-30MR

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

69

Olympus SZ-30MR

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SZ-30MR's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
24x vs 16x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SZ-30MR's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$313.11 vs $388.99
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The best price we've seen is $76 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Digital
  2. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Size
Slightly smaller
105×58×33 mm vs 106×69×40 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1700s
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2.4x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.6"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
219 g vs 246 g
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More than 10% lighter
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SZ-30MR3,200 ISO
              DMC-ZS101,600 ISO

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $259

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $298

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SP-720UZ

              Olympus 720UZ

              Super zoom

              $145

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $160

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fujifilm X-M1

              Fujifilm X-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 - $499 body only

              $599 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $209

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen

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