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Canon A2300 vs Olympus SZ-30MR

Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
25
Overall
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Canon PowerShot A2300 front
 
Olympus SZ-30MR front
Portability
89
Imaging
39
Features
39
Overall
39

Canon A2300 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Key Specs

Canon A2300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 125g - 95 x 54 x 20mm
  • Released February 2012
Olympus SZ-30MR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Announced March 2011
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Canon A2300 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Overview

The following is a extended overview of the Canon A2300 versus Olympus SZ-30MR, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Canon and Olympus. The resolution of the A2300 (16MP) and the SZ-30MR (16MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras posses the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The A2300 was manufactured 12 months after the SZ-30MR and they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the A2300 matches up against the SZ-30MR in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon A2300 over the Olympus SZ-30MR

 A2300 SZ-30MR 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012March 2011Newer by 12 months

Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-30MR over the Canon A2300

 SZ-30MR A2300 
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Canon A2300 and Olympus SZ-30MR

 A2300 SZ-30MR 
Focus manually No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither comes with Touch friendly screen

Canon A2300 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera, you'll have to factor in its weight and size. The Canon A2300 comes with physical dimensions of 95mm x 54mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs) whilst the Olympus SZ-30MR has specifications of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") having a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs).

Contrast the Canon A2300 versus Olympus SZ-30MR in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the A2300 against the SZ-30MR.

Canon A2300 vs Olympus SZ-30MR size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A2300 and SZ-30MR is 96 and 89 respectively.

Canon A2300 vs Olympus SZ-30MR top view buttons comparison

Canon A2300 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's hard to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by looking at specs. The image underneath might give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the A2300 and SZ-30MR.

All in all, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the same MP and you should expect similar quality of images however you really should consider the release date of the products into consideration. The younger A2300 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon A2300 vs Olympus SZ-30MR sensor size comparison

Canon A2300 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A2300 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A2300 Portrait photography factors
Olympus SZ-30MR Portrait photography factors
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decent sensor resolution (16MP)
offers face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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MP count good (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon A2300 as a Street photography camera
Olympus SZ-30MR as a Street photography camera
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lighter than average in class (125g)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others (226 grams)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon A2300
Sports photography with Olympus SZ-30MR
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decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (210 per charge)
no phase detect autofocus
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amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
low fps (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (220 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A2300 Travel photography details
Olympus SZ-30MR Travel photography details
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lighter than average in class (125g)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
not so great battery life (210 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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lighter than others (226 grams)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
no Timelapse recording
terrible battery life (220 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon A2300
Landscape photography with Olympus SZ-30MR
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really wide (28mm)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
lack of manual focus
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7")
manual mode not possible
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
not so great battery life (210 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse recording
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quite wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
terrible battery life (220 shots)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A2300 Vlogging features
Olympus SZ-30MR Vlogging features
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really wide (28mm)
offers face detection autofocus
lighter than average in class (125g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic socket
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quite wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (226 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
display is not selfie friendly
no external microphone jack
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Canon A2300 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A2300 and Olympus SZ-30MR
 Canon PowerShot A2300Olympus SZ-30MR
General Information
Make Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot A2300 Olympus SZ-30MR
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-02-07 2011-03-02
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - TruePic III+
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/3.0-6.9
Macro focusing range 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - TFT Hypercrystal III Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1700 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 125 grams (0.28 lb) 226 grams (0.50 lb)
Physical dimensions 95 x 54 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.8") 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 210 photographs 220 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-11L LI-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $139 $279