Olympus SZ-31MR vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

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Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-31MR

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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Explore our gallery of 44 sample photos taken by the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS.
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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
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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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)
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Zoom
More zoom
24x vs 10x
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Around 6x more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SZ-31MR's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TZ50

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Size
Slightly smaller
103×59×36 mm vs 106×69×40 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.6"
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Around 10% thinner
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

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              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

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

              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SH-2

              Olympus Stylus SH-2

              Travel zoom

              $349

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus 1s

              Olympus Stylus 1s

              Super zoom

              $444 - $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 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

              $269

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $309

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $220

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $178

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures

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