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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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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)
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
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 4.3" vs 5"
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More than 10% thinner
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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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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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        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
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        SX40:380 shots
        HS20 EXR:400 shots
        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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        SX40:123x92x108 mm
        HS20 EXR:130x90x126 mm
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        350 ms shutter lag

        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
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

        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
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $249

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

        Super zoom

        $299 - $380

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $350 - $379 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $346

        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

        $350 - $427 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 SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $194 - $230

        Size Significantly smaller
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $425

        Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $704

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Zoom Less zoom

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Super zoom

        $330

        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

        $337 - $471

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker

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