Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix XP50 vs Nikon Coolpix S32

Fujifilm FinePix XP30

Winner
Fujifilm FinePix XP30

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Nikon Coolpix S30

59

Nikon Coolpix S30

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix XP30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S30

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Nikon Coolpix S30 over the Fujifilm FinePix XP30.
 

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm XP30

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Sensor shift vs Digital
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
28 mm vs 29 mm
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Almost the same
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/3" 4.8x3.6mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Size
Slightly smaller
99x67x23 mm vs 102x65x40 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The XP30's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.6"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
165 g vs 214 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon S30

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the S30's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
5 cm vs 9 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 40% closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$110.00 vs $199.95
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              XP30:9 cm
              S30:5 cm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              XP30:0.8 fps
              S30:1.5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              XP30:28 mm
              S30:29 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XP30:5x
              S30:3x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              XP30:f/3.9
              S30:f/3.3

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen type No OLED screens Help
              LCD
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Waterproof

              $299

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $119

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Kodak Easyshare Sport C123

              Kodak EasyShare Sport C123

              Waterproof

              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $120 - $159

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $169

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix XP20

              Fujifilm FinePix XP20

              Waterproof

              $140

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $169 - $320

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Fujifilm FinePix XP30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung EX2F

              Samsung EX2F

              Pro digicam

              $569

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP

              Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP

              Waterproof

              $235

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Waterproof Not waterproof

              Nikon Coolpix S30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $300

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $141

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $299 - $329

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S01

              Nikon Coolpix S01

              Ultra compact

              $65

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof

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