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
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-31MR

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3.0
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

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
Cheaper
$219.81 vs $329.95
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The best price we've seen is $110 cheaper (more than 30% 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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Slightly smaller
107x62x35 mm vs 106x69x40 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.6"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              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

              $286 - $368

              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $212 - $248

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $350

              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 Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $227

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $403

              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 Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              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

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              $302

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

              Olympus Stylus 1

              Pro digicam

              $437 - $699

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Olympus Stylus SP-100

              Olympus Stylus SP-100

              Super zoom

              $369 - $399

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $347

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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