Updated (July, 2011): Compare the Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Olympus SZ10

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ10

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Size
Really small
Mid size 105x67x37 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 118x75x89 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Weight
Light-weight
417 g
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
 
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Advantages of the Olympus SZ10

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size Significantly smaller 105x67x37 mm vs 118x75x89 mm
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2.9x smaller
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3.5"
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2.3x thinner
Weight Lighter 235 g vs 417 g
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More than 40% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ28

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ28's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 27 mm vs 28 mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 2.5 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        SZ10:0.9 fps
        DMC-FZ28:2.5 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        SZ10:28 mm
        DMC-FZ28:27 mm

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix S2950

        Fujifilm FinePix S2950

        Super zoom

        $165

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Olympus SZ-10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus SZ-11

        Olympus SZ-11

        Digicam

        Aperture Slightly wider aperture
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Super zoom

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Samsung WB250F

        Samsung WB250F

        Travel zoom

        $139

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Olympus SZ-14

        Olympus SZ-14

        Digicam

        $149

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Nikon Coolpix S9300

        Nikon Coolpix S9300

        Travel zoom

        $200

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Macro focus Worse macro capability

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $449 - $598

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $551

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $298 - $330

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

        Super zoom

        $600

        Screen size Smaller screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

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