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

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

70

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Fujifilm FinePix S4200

50

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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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 Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $378.00
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The best price we've seen is $178 cheaper (around 50% 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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 660 shots vs 300 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
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
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
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 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
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

              Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $145

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

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $185

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

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Super zoom

              $149

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
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              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $233

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Super zoom

              $103 - $258

              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 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

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $399 - $816 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

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