Olympus XZ-1 vs Olympus SZ-31MR

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Olympus XZ-1

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Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

39

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-31MR

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

galleries

Explore our gallery of 44 sample photos taken by the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus XZ-1.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Zoom
More zoom
24x vs 4x
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36x more zoom
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Slightly lighter
226 g vs 275 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1700s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$199.99 vs $219.81
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The best price we've seen is $20 cheaper (around 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $344

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $247 - $348

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $335

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Travel zoom

              $198 - $399

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Travel zoom

              $85

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $166

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

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