Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S4200 vs Ricoh CX5

Fujifilm FinePix S4000

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Fujifilm FinePix S4000

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4000

In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Ricoh CX4

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 102x59x29 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S4000

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S4000's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Zoom
More zoom
30x vs 10.7x
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Around 8x more zoom
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Ricoh CX4

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Size
Significantly smaller
102x59x29 mm vs 118x80x99 mm
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5.5x smaller
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Thickness
Much thinner
1.1" vs 3.9"
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3.4x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
205 g vs 540 g
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2.6x lighter
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The CX4's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S4000:6,400 ISO
              CX4:None
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S4000:1,600 ISO
              CX4:3,200 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $220 - $343 body only

              $385 - $403 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189 - $227

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Light sensitivity (boost) Worse boost ISO
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Placeholder

              Canon PowerShot S400

              Compact

              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $110

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

              Ricoh CX4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Ricoh CX5

              Ricoh CX5

              Travel zoom

              $196

              Ricoh CX6

              Ricoh CX6

              Travel zoom

              $422

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Ricoh CX3

              Ricoh CX3

              Travel zoom

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $197 - $500

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $165

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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