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

Olympus SZ-30MR

Winner
Olympus SZ-30MR

39

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Fujifilm FinePix S4200

37

Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Runner-up
     
 

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 $229.99 vs $367.40
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The best price we've seen is $137 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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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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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $140

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $214

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Super zoom

              $173

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $194

              Zoom More zoom
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $193

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              $240

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $230

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $280

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix S8400

              Fujifilm FinePix S8400

              Super zoom

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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