• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.3 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Fujifilm HS10 advantages over Olympus SZ-31MR

  • Slower slow-motion
    1000 fps vs 240 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.69 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 600 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    13.6 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1700 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus SZ-31MR advantages over Fujifilm HS10

  • Less expensive
    $400 vs $500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 126 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    226g vs 709g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 10.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Canon SX30 IS

Fujifilm HS10
Canon SX30 IS
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • RAW file ability
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus SZ-31MR
Canon SX30 IS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Olympus SZ-30MR

Fujifilm HS10
Olympus SZ-30MR
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Olympus SZ-31MR
Olympus SZ-30MR
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Canon SX40 HS

Fujifilm HS10
Canon SX40 HS
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • RAW file ability
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus SZ-31MR
Canon SX40 HS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic FZ200

Fujifilm HS10
Panasonic FZ200
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus SZ-31MR
Panasonic FZ200
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus SH-50

Fujifilm HS10
Olympus SH-50
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Olympus SZ-31MR
Olympus SH-50
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
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