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

Olympus SZ-30MR vs 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 (106×69×40 mm)
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

galleries

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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
$283.08 vs $323.88
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The best price we've seen is $41 cheaper (more than 10% 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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly 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 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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              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
              S42001,600 ISO
              SZ-30MR3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              S4200
              1. Sensor shift
              SZ-30MR
              1. Digital
              2. Sensor shift

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $395

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              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
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $169

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L100

              Nikon Coolpix L100

              Super zoom

              $290

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Super zoom

              $399

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price More expensive

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $125

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Olympus SH-25MR

              Olympus SH-25MR

              Travel zoom

              $146

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus SZ-10

              Olympus SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $213

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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