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Fujifilm S1500 vs Olympus SZ-15

Portability
82
Imaging
33
Features
19
Overall
27
Fujifilm FinePix S1500 front
 
Olympus SZ-15 front
Portability
88
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44

Fujifilm S1500 vs Olympus SZ-15 Key Specs

Fujifilm S1500
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-396mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 345g - 103 x 73 x 68mm
  • Released February 2009
Olympus SZ-15
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 108 x 70 x 40mm
  • Announced June 2013
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Fujifilm S1500 vs Olympus SZ-15 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Fujifilm S1500 and Olympus SZ-15, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by companies FujiFilm and Olympus. There exists a large gap between the resolutions of the Fujifilm S1500 (10MP) and SZ-15 (16MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The Fujifilm S1500 was announced 5 years before the SZ-15 and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Fujifilm S1500 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Olympus SZ-15 being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise overview of how the Fujifilm S1500 grades vs the SZ-15 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm S1500 over the Olympus SZ-15

 Fujifilm S1500 SZ-15 

Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-15 over the Fujifilm S1500

 SZ-15 Fujifilm S1500 
AnnouncedJune 2013February 2009More recent by 52 months
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Fujifilm S1500 and Olympus SZ-15

 Fujifilm S1500 SZ-15 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Fujifilm S1500 vs Olympus SZ-15 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera regularly, you're going to have to consider its weight and volume. The Fujifilm S1500 has outer measurements of 103mm x 73mm x 68mm (4.1" x 2.9" x 2.7") and a weight of 345 grams (0.76 lbs) whilst the Olympus SZ-15 has sizing of 108mm x 70mm x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you select during that time. Below is a front view scale comparison of the Fujifilm S1500 against the SZ-15.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Olympus SZ-15 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the Fujifilm S1500 and SZ-15 is 82 and 88 respectively.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Olympus SZ-15 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm S1500 vs Olympus SZ-15 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is hard to picture the difference between sensor measurements just by looking at technical specs. The visual below will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the Fujifilm S1500 and SZ-15.

As you can tell, both the cameras feature the identical sensor size but different resolution. You can expect to see the Olympus SZ-15 to resolve greater detail with its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics way more aggressively. The older Fujifilm S1500 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Olympus SZ-15 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm S1500 vs Olympus SZ-15 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm S1500 vs Olympus SZ-15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Fujifilm S1500
Portrait photography with Olympus SZ-15
19
no manual focus
external flash not possible
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
44
manual focus
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
comes with face detect focus
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Street photography information
Olympus SZ-15 Street photography information
51
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (250g)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Sports photography highlights
Olympus SZ-15 Sports photography highlights
26
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
low frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
53
great zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Travel photography advice
Olympus SZ-15 Travel photography advice
50
flash built-in
very long zoom (396mm)
no Timelapse recording
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (33mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
68
lighter than average (250g)
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
really wide (23mm)
very long reach (483mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Fujifilm S1500
Landscape photography with Olympus SZ-15
26
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (33mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inches)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Timelapse recording
49
manual focus
really wide (23mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Vlogging details
Olympus SZ-15 Vlogging details
23
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
wide angle not great (33mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly display
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
no microphone socket
34
really wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (250 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone socket
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Fujifilm S1500 vs Olympus SZ-15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm S1500 and Olympus SZ-15
 Fujifilm FinePix S1500Olympus SZ-15
General Information
Brand Name FujiFilm Olympus
Model type Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Olympus SZ-15
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-02-17 2013-06-21
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 64 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 33-396mm (12.0x) 23-483mm (21.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.0 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance 2cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech - LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 8.70 m (Auto ISO) 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG AVI MPEG4, Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 345 gr (0.76 pounds) 250 gr (0.55 pounds)
Physical dimensions 103 x 73 x 68mm (4.1" x 2.9" x 2.7") 108 x 70 x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery ID 4 x AA SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $200 $200