• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 33.00mm - 396.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Fujifilm S1500 advantages over Olympus SZ-16

  • 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)
  • Longer exposure
    8 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Olympus SZ-16 advantages over Fujifilm S1500

  • More telephoto lens reach
    600 mm vs 396 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 67 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    7 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    227g vs 325g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 33 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.0 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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 Fujifilm S1000fd

Fujifilm S1500
Fujifilm S1000fd
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
Olympus SZ-16
Fujifilm S1000fd
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SX110 IS

Fujifilm S1500
Canon SX110 IS
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
Olympus SZ-16
Canon SX110 IS
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon SX120 IS

Fujifilm S1500
Canon SX120 IS
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $215
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
Olympus SZ-16
Canon SX120 IS
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $215
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus SZ-12

Fujifilm S1500
Olympus SZ-12
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus SZ-16
Olympus SZ-12
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bulb shutter

Compared to Olympus SZ-15

Fujifilm S1500
Olympus SZ-15
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus SZ-16
Olympus SZ-15
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Longer exposure
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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