Olympus XZ-1

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Olympus XZ-1

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Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

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Olympus SZ-31MR

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Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-31MR

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $192.67 vs $279.95
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The best price we've seen is $87 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure Significantly 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

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

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $580

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $135 - $150

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $238

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $259

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

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              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $159 - $398

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $339 - $568

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $330

              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

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