Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Small Sensor Superzoom. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Olympus and FujiFilm. Models we are reviewing in this article have different types of sensors, Thus, Olympus SZ-16 iHS is equipped with a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor. FujiFilm FinePix S2950, on the contrary, features CCD sensor with a resolution of 14.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Olympus SZ-16 iHS and FujiFilm FinePix S2950 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Olympus SZ-16 iHS Key Features:
FujiFilm FinePix S2950 Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 14.0 MP||12.5% more pixels|
|Continuous Shooting||2 fps vs Yes fps||1 fps faster|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots vs 230k dots||50% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||226 g vs 437 g||211 g lighter|
|Manual Exposure Mode||Yes vs No||Has Manual Exposure Mode|
|Flash Range||8 vs No||8 better flash range|
|Battery Life||300 shots vs 220 shots||80 more frames with a single charge|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots | 230k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Raw Support||No | No||Doesn's support RAW format|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 14.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Continuous Shooting||2.0 fps | 1.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Olympus SZ-16 iHS and FujiFilm FinePix S2950 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Olympus SZ-16 iHS is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 211g less than the FujiFilm FinePix S2950. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Olympus SZ-16 iHS and FujiFilm FinePix S2950 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Olympus SZ-16 iHS features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sized CMOS sensor . FujiFilm FinePix S2950, in its turn, comes with a 14.0 MP 1/2.3" sized CCD sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Olympus SZ-16 iHS and FujiFilm FinePix S2950 by the size of their sensors.
Olympus SZ-16 iHS and FujiFilm FinePix S2950 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Olympus SZ-16 iHS and FujiFilm FinePix S2950 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Olympus SZ-16 iHS||FujiFilm FinePix S2950|
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Olympus SZ-16 iHS or FujiFilm FinePix S2950, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Olympus SZ-16 iHS and FujiFilm FinePix S2950 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Olympus SZ-16 iHS deserves a higher Total Score than the FujiFilm FinePix S2950. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Olympus SZ-16 iHS||FujiFilm FinePix S2950|
|Model||SZ-16 iHS||FinePix S2950|
|Announced||Jan 08, 2013||Jan 05, 2011|
|Body Type||Compact||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||14.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456||4288 x 3216|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||1,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||6,400|
|Min Native ISO||80||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||2|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||0|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s||8 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||2.0 fps||1.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in||Auto, Red-eye, Slow Sync|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720||1280 x 720|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||Motion JPEG|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||226 g||437 g|
|Physical Dimensions||108 x 70 x 40 mm||110 x 73 x 81 mm|
|Battery Life||220 shots||300 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||AA|
|Battery Model||LI-50B||4 x AA|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD / SDHC|