Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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Olympus SZ-30MR

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
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 Cybershot DSC-HX9v.
 
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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
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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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
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
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Size Slightly smaller 105x59x34 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 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
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        SZ-30MR:6,400 ISO
        DSC-HX9v:None
        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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $250 body only

        $299 - $799 with 14mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

        Travel zoom

        $192

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $167 - $227

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $291 - $320

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $340 - $399

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        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
        Samsung WB1100F

        Samsung WB1100F

        Super zoom

        $188 - $202

        Zoom More zoom
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Size Significantly larger
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        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
        Samsung WB2100

        Samsung WB2100

        Super zoom

        $190 - $229

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $279

        GPS Has a GPS
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $298

        Zoom More zoom
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448

        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-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $330

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $445

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        GPS No built-in GPS
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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