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

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v vs Olympus SZ-30MR

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

70

Olympus SZ-30MR

60

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

Macro focus
Great macro
3.0 cm

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differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 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
3.0 cm vs 5.0 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
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-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
  1. Lens
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  1. Digital
  2. 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
105×59×34 mm vs 106×69×40 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.6"
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Around 20% thinner
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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-HX9v1/1600s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SZ-30MR6,400 ISO
              DSC-HX9vNone
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $251

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              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
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $125

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Olympus SH-25MR

              Olympus SH-25MR

              Travel zoom

              $146

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              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
              Olympus SZ-10

              Olympus SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $213

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $348

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $379

              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

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

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              discussion

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              Showing 2 comments

              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!