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 106x69x40 mm
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Thin
Thickness
1.6"
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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
Significantly cheaper
$199.95 vs $386.24
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The best price we've seen is $186 cheaper (around 50% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1700s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
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 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/3.0 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 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
              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
              S4200Sensor shift
              SZ-30MRDigital, Sensor shift

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $150

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $297

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $125 - $230

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Super zoom

              $399

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $169

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm FinePix S3200

              Fujifilm FinePix S3200

              Super zoom

              $270

              Lowest price More expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix S4600

              Fujifilm FinePix S4600

              Super zoom

              $190

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Size Larger

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $281

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $120

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $139

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $254

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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