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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V vs Olympus SZ-30MR

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

72

Olympus SZ-30MR

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1900 ms startup delay
 

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
Slightly cheaper
$302.30 vs $329.95
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The best price we've seen is $28 cheaper (around 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-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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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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              SZ-30MR1/1700s
              DSC-HX20V1/1600s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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$302.30
              DSC-HX20V$329.95

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              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 P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $345 - $375

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $350

              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 S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Samsung WB700

              Samsung WB700

              Travel zoom

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $286

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $282 - $348

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              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
              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $499

              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Focus points Many more focus points
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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