Updated (November 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS vs Fujifilm X-S1

Fujifilm X-S1 vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Winner
Fujifilm X-S1

66

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm X-S1

In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Great battery life
Battery life
460 shots
Many focus points
Focus points
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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)
Macro focus
Great macro
0.0 cm
Thickness
Thin
3.4"

Items often bought with the Fujifilm X-S1 or Canon SX20 IS

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Size
Much smaller
128×88×87 mm vs 135×107×149 mm
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2.2x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3.4" vs 5.9"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
600 g vs 920 g
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More than 30% lighter
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Fujifilm X-S1

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
460 shots vs 340 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
2/3" 8.8x6.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
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More than 2x larger sensor
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
26x vs 20x
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Around 70% more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The X-S1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$400.50 vs $489.00
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The best price we've seen is $89 cheaper (around 20% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX20 IS0.0 cm
              X-S11.0 cm
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX20 IS340 shots
              X-S1460 shots
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX20 IS1/3200s
              X-S11/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX20 IS600 g
              X-S1920 g
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX20 IS3.4"
              X-S15.9"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX20 IS1,600 ISO
              X-S13,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX20 IS128×88×87 mm
              X-S1135×107×149 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX20 IS230k dots
              X-S1460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX20 IS20x
              X-S126x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX20 IS720p @ 30fps
              X-S11080p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Fujifilm X-S1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $304

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Fujifilm FinePix S1

              Fujifilm FinePix S1

              Super zoom

              $240 - $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $334 - $398

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Focus points Many fewer focus points
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Focus points Many fewer focus points
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $300 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Significantly smaller
              Focus points Many fewer focus points
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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