Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S4500 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-30MR

Winner
Olympus SZ-30MR

38

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Fujifilm FinePix S4200

35

Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Size
Really small
Mid size 106x69x40 mm
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S4200

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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
Macro focus Better macro capability 2 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 30% closer to the lens
Lowest price Cheaper $185.95 vs $367.40
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The best price we've seen is $181 cheaper (around 50% less)
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Size Significantly smaller 106x69x40 mm vs 118x81x100 mm
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3.3x smaller
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 6x faster continuous shooting
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.6" vs 3.9"
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2.5x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 246 g vs 543 g
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2.2x lighter
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the SZ-30MR's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SZ-30MR's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              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
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              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
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $210

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $229

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $499

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom

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