Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix XP50 vs Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix XP30

Size
Really small
Compact 99x67x23 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Weight
Light-weight
165 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

Size
Really small
Compact 95x62x22 mm
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Weight
Light-weight
122 g
 
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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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $199.95 vs $405.18
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The best price we've seen is $205 cheaper (2x less)
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 4s vs 1/4s
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16x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Olympus Tough 6020

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Macro focus Much better macro capability 1 cm vs 9 cm
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Focus on subjects 9x closer to the lens
Size Smaller 95x62x22 mm vs 99x67x23 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 6.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 122 g vs 165 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 0.9" vs 0.9"
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Around 10% thinner
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.9"
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              XP30:4s
              Tough 6020:1/4s
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              XP30:720p @ 30fps
              Tough 6020:720p
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Size Fairly small Help
              XP30:99x67x23 mm
              Tough 6020:95x62x22 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix XP10

              Fujifilm FinePix XP10

              Waterproof

              $196

              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $188

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $229 - $340

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Fujifilm FinePix XP30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $169

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix XP100

              Fujifilm FinePix XP100

              Waterproof

              $270

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 - $699 body only

              $750 - $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $950 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $160 - $169

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $349

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $203

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $229 - $320

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $248 - $358

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

              Panasonic Lumix TS20

              Waterproof

              $215

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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