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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Olympus SZ-30MR

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3.0
 
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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 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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $367.40 vs $599.95
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The best price we've seen is $233 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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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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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SZ-30MR:$367.40
              DSC-HX9v:$599.95
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SZ-30MR:6,400 ISO
              DSC-HX9v:None
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $379 - $389

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              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
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $203

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $328

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $420

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $215

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              GPS Has a GPS
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $229

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              GPS Has a GPS
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Size Slightly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $338

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $219

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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              Guest (4:42 PM, September 12, 2011)
              I ve just come back from the store where I compared both of them. It appeared to me that with sony, the images get sharper and with more natural colour than with Olympus. On the other hand the zoom of Olympus was better so the the fine details can be seen at higher resolution providing that you have a very stable hand!
               
              theraspberrypicker (3:29 PM, September 08, 2011)
              If Olympus SZ30MR has a wider aperture, higher ISO, better macro, more zoom than Sony HX9V, and is cheaper...
              Why is the Sony camera still having the best score and 100% of specifications?
              Or better to ask: What's the main reason to chose the Sony camera instead the Olympus?
              I'm just searching for the best travel zoom to get,
              Thanks a lot and regards to all snapsort mates!