Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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Olympus SZ-30MR

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V.
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the SZ-30MR's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Zoom Slightly more zoom 24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
Lowest price Cheaper $230.86 vs $329.95
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The best price we've seen is $99 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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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-HX20V'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
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Size Slightly smaller 107x62x35 mm vs 106x69x40 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.4" vs 1.6"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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 Common Weaknesses

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

              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $298 - $368

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $340 - $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $292 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $193

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $150

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $299 - $799 with 14mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $220

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Placeholder

              Nikon Coolpix 300

              Digicam

              $191

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Does not take movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $218 - $268

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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