Olympus SZ-31MR

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Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-31MR

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.0 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
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Weight
Slightly lighter
226 g vs 245 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TZ50

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Slightly smaller
103x59x36 mm vs 106x69x40 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.6"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $197

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $135 - $155

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $135

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

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $323

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              $320

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $770

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $1,299

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $148

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures

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