Updated (February 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S4200 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

Really small
Size
Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Thin
Thickness
1.6"
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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

Items often bought with the Olympus SZ-30MR or Fujifilm S4200

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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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 30% closer to the lens
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1700s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$229.99 vs $309.64
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (around 30% 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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Size
Significantly smaller
106×69×40 mm vs 118×81×100 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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 6x faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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 vs f/3.1
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Almost the same
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 2 f-stops 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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S42008s
              SZ-30MR4s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S42001,600 ISO
              SZ-30MR3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $237

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Fujifilm FinePix S3200

              Fujifilm FinePix S3200

              Super zoom

              $150

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $416

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $484

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Samsung TL34HD

              Samsung TL34HD

              Compact

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $88 - $96

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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