Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

72

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Olympus SZ-30MR

60

Olympus SZ-30MR

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Olympus SZ-30MR over the Panasonic Lumix ZS20.
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.0 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 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Digital, 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
Size
Slightly smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 106x69x40 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.6"
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30% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
206 g vs 246 g
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Around 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1700s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SZ-30MR:$294.18
              ZS20:$299.99

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $330

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $232 - $360

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $194

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $164

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fujifilm X-M1

              Fujifilm X-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $765 body only

              $599 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $292

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $240

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $305

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $248

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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              Olympus SZ-30MR Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

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