• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 27.00mm - 108.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S4000 advantages over Olympus SZ-30MR

  • Less expensive
    $200 vs $400 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    20 mm vs 39 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    131g vs 228g
    Lighter weight

Olympus SZ-30MR advantages over Nikon S4000

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More telephoto lens reach
    600 mm vs 108 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 0 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent grip; Handsome, portable design; 24x zoom in a small package; Panorama mode.

  • Detail blurred by strong noise suppression; Bright colors bloom in bright light; Few manual controls; Too many trips to the menu.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FS15

Nikon S4000
Panasonic DMC-FS15
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • $200
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus SZ-30MR
Panasonic DMC-FS15
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $200
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon S3000

Nikon S4000
Nikon S3000
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Olympus SZ-30MR
Nikon S3000
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax RS1000

Nikon S4000
Pentax RS1000
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • $117
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Olympus SZ-30MR
Pentax RS1000
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $117
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Olympus SZ-10

Nikon S4000
Olympus SZ-10
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus SZ-30MR
Olympus SZ-10
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bulb shutter

Compared to Olympus SZ-31MR

Nikon S4000
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus SZ-30MR
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 60p video
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