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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

73

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Olympus SZ-30MR

59

Olympus SZ-30MR

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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

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
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:$323.00
              DSC-HX20V:$329.95
              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

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $270

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              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
              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
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $197

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Travel zoom

              $250

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $248

              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 - $798

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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