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

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 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
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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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
        Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
        SZ-30MR:1080p @ 30fps
        DSC-HX9v:1080p @ 60fps
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        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

        $389 - $398

        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 SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199

        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
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $174 - $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
        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $219

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        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-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $399

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

        Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

        Olympus SZ-31MR

        Travel zoom

        $208

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        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
        Olympus SZ-14

        Olympus SZ-14

        Digicam

        $100 - $130

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $160

        Size Slightly smaller
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Travel zoom

        $151

        Weight Slightly lighter
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $340

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        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

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        discussion

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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!