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

Olympus SZ-30MR

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Olympus SZ-30MR

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Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

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

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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

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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1700s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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Size
Significantly smaller
106x69x40 mm vs 118x81x100 mm
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3.3x smaller
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.6" vs 3.9"
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2.5x thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 6x faster continuous shooting
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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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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              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
              S4200:1,600 ISO
              SZ-30MR:3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker

              Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Pro digicam

              $250

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $380 body only

              $389 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $100

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

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $194

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $237 - $360

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm X-M1

              Fujifilm X-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $766 body only

              $599 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $167

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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