Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Smaller 123x92x108 mm vs 130x90x126 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 30x
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Around 40% more zoom
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 600 g vs 730 g
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Around 20% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10.3 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 4.3" vs 5"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $315.00 vs $510.38
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The best price we've seen is $195 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Fujifilm HS20 EXR

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Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The HS20 EXR's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 320 fps vs 240 fps
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More than 30% higher fps
True resolution Higher true resolution 10.6 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 400 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor 1/2" 6.4x4.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              SX40:240 fps
              HS20 EXR:320 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              HS20 EXR:1 cm
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40:380 shots
              HS20 EXR:400 shots
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX40:4.3"
              HS20 EXR:5"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              HS20 EXR:730 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              350 ms shutter lag
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              HS20 EXR:130x90x126 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX40:230k dots
              HS20 EXR:460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX40:35x
              HS20 EXR:30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $409

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $259

              Size Is much smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $328

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $420

              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $312

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $218 - $274

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Super zoom

              $240

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $316 - $500

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $627 - $667

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Super zoom

              $235 - $290

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger

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