Updated (February 2012): Compare the Olympus SZ-30MR vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V vs Olympus SZ-30MR

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

75

Olympus SZ-30MR

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Olympus SZ-30MR over the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V.

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differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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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)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
24x vs 16x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$309.22 vs $351.11
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The best price we've seen is $42 cheaper (more than 10% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1700s vs 1/1600s
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Around 10% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX10V

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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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-HX10V's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Digital
  2. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Size
Slightly smaller
105×60×34 mm vs 106×69×40 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.6"
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Around 20% thinner
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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
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              SZ-30MR1/1700s
              DSC-HX10V1/1600s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $416

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Samsung TL34HD

              Samsung TL34HD

              Compact

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Olympus SP-720UZ

              Olympus 720UZ

              Super zoom

              $175

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6900

              Nikon Coolpix S6900

              Travel zoom

              $170 - $197

              Size Slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $168 - $196

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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