Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S4500 vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Fujifilm FinePix S4200

47

Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
95%
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S4200

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Lowest price Cheaper $185.95 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $263 cheaper (2.4x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 13x larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 660 shots vs 300 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.9"
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More than 20% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              S4200:Digital
              D5100:Pentamirror
              Weight Heavy Help
              S4200:543 g
              D5100:560 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              S4200:3.9"
              D5100:3.1"
              Size Large Help
              S4200:118x81x100 mm
              D5100:127x96x78 mm
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S4200:1.2 fps
              D5100:4 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus

              Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $130 - $212

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $163

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Super zoom

              $163

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $816 - $848 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

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