Olympus SZ-31MR

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-31MR

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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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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
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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom More zoom 24x vs 10x
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Around 6x more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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)
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
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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        Compared to recent travel zooms

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $319 - $499

        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
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $449

        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        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

        $199 - $200

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

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $399

        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
        Olympus XZ-2 iHS

        Olympus XZ-2 iHS

        Pro digicam

        $406

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

        Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

        Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

        Travel zoom

        $159 - $229

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Lowest price Cheaper
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Olympus SZ-30MR

        Olympus SZ-30MR

        Travel zoom

        $367 - $382

        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

        Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

        Travel zoom

        $209 - $299

        Longest exposure Longer exposures
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $180 - $279

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom More zoom
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Size Larger
        Olympus Stylus SZ-15

        Olympus Stylus SZ-15

        Travel zoom

        $100 - $169

        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Cheaper
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $531 - $547

        GPS Has a GPS
        Zoom More zoom
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
        Olympus SP-720UZ

        Olympus 720UZ

        Super zoom

        $136 - $190

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Zoom More zoom
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Size Larger

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