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 resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
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. Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50.

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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
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
True resolution
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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1700s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
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
              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

              $350

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $282 - $348

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              $390

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $302

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $916 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              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
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $274

              GPS Has a GPS
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $250

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures

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