Olympus SZ-31MR

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-31MR

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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Advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR

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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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Zoom More zoom 24x vs 10x
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Around 6x more zoom
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
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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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 Common Weaknesses

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

        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $450

        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $473 - $535

        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        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 ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $209 - $240

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $330 - $399

        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 SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $299 - $300

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $280

        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

        Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

        Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

        Travel zoom

        $138 - $160

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Lowest price Slightly cheaper
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

        Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

        Travel zoom

        $199

        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

        $349

        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $331 - $348

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Zoom Less zoom

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50 Competitors

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        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $230 - $249

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Longest exposure Shorter max exposures

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