Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S8600 vs Nikon Coolpix S9700

Fujifilm FinePix S8500

Winner
Fujifilm FinePix S8500

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Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S8500

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.9
Great zoom
Zoom
46x
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
480 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S8500

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
46x vs 22x
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Around 4.5x more zoom
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.9 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the S8500's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Battery life
Much longer battery life
500 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S8500's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
480 fps vs 240 fps
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2x higher fps
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 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 faster
10 fps vs 7.5 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Nikon S9500

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Size
Much smaller
110x60x31 mm vs 123x87x116 mm
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6.1x smaller
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Weight
Much lighter
205 g vs 670 g
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3.3x lighter
Thickness
Much thinner
1.2" vs 4.6"
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3.7x thinner
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Lowest price
Cheaper
$220.88 vs $327.21
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The best price we've seen is $106 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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recommendations

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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S8500:480 fps
              S9500:240 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $229

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Fujifilm FinePix S8500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $135 - $261

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Super zoom

              $199 - $409

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $397

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

              Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

              Super zoom

              $291

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Slightly larger

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $150

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $271 - $360

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $248

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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