Olympus SZ-31MR vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

Winner
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

63

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-31MR

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/3.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

galleries

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
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
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
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
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
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
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
Much 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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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

              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $247 - $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
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $327

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $329

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $212

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $335

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Travel zoom

              $198 - $399

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              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 faster
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $281

              GPS Has a GPS
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $370

              GPS Has a GPS
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $199

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen

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