Panasonic Lumix TZ40 vs Olympus SZ-31MR

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Panasonic Lumix TZ40

79

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-31MR

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons

Items often bought with the Panasonic TZ40 or Olympus SZ-31MR

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Explore our gallery of 44 sample photos taken by the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix TZ40.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SZ-31MR's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
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Advantages of the Panasonic TZ40

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
300 shots vs 200 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
105×59×28 mm vs 106×69×40 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.6"
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30% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Weight
Slightly lighter
198 g vs 226 g
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More than 10% lighter
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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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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              SZ-31MR240 fps
              TZ40220 fps
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $329

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SH-2

              Olympus Stylus SH-2

              Travel zoom

              $349

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Super zoom

              $999

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Zoom More zoom
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix TZ40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Zoom More zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $200

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $479

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $370

              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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