Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V vs Olympus SZ-31MR

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

63

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1900 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-31MR

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm

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Explore our gallery of 44 sample photos taken by the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the SZ-31MR's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$219.81 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $280 cheaper (2.3x less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
226 g vs 254 g
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More than 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1700s vs 1/1600s
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Around 10% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSC-HX20V's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
107x62x35 mm vs 106x69x40 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.6"
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More than 10% thinner
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recommendations

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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              SZ-31MR920k dots
              DSC-HX20V921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              SZ-31MR1/1700s
              DSC-HX20V1/1600s
              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
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              SZ-31MR6,400 ISO
              DSC-HX20V12,800 ISO
              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

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $212

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              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 SZ-30MR

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $386

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch 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-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $139

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $450

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $248

              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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