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

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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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
$189.00 vs $304.94
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The best price we've seen is $116 cheaper (around 40% 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 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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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 L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $180

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

              Fujifilm FinePix S3200

              Super zoom

              $199

              Fujifilm FinePix S3300

              Fujifilm FinePix S3300

              Super zoom

              $214

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Olympus SP-510 UZ

              Olympus SP-510 UZ

              Super zoom

              Size Smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              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 SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              $198

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $430

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $269

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

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