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
HDR
In-camera 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-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
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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 Sensor shift, Digital
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $299.99 vs $367.40
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The best price we've seen is $67 cheaper (around 20% less)
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 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

              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

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              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 SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              $240

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $230

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $130

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Super zoom

              $420

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368 - $450

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              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

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