Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

71

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Olympus SZ-30MR

59

Olympus SZ-30MR

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
 

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 16x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$326.07 vs $361.69
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The best price we've seen is $36 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
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 2 f-stops better
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
Lens vs Digital, 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
105x60x34 mm vs 106x69x40 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.6"
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Around 20% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x 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
              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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SZ-30MR:$326.07
              DSC-HX10V:$361.69
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $194

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $240 - $249

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $226 - $248

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Slightly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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