Olympus XZ-1 vs Olympus SZ-31MR

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Olympus XZ-1

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Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-31MR

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

Items often bought with the XZ-1 or SZ-31MR

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differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR

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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
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
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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" 6.17x4.55mm
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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
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1700s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $197

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $285

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Stylus SH-2

              Olympus Stylus SH-2

              Travel zoom

              $349

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus 1s

              Olympus Stylus 1s

              Super zoom

              $449 - $599

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Travel zoom

              $231 - $289

              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
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $265 - $318

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Much larger
              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $310

              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $270 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

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