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

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

74

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
1.0 cm

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Explore our gallery of 44 sample photos taken by the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS.
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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 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
Cheaper
$219.81 vs $439.00
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The best price we've seen is $219 cheaper (around 50% 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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
107×62×35 mm vs 106×69×40 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
              1.0 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

              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

              $293 - $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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              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
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $125

              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

              $323

              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
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Travel zoom

              $198 - $289

              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 SZ-15

              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Travel zoom

              $90

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $1,027

              Lowest price Much more expensive

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