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

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Winner
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

58

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
12,800 ISO
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
320 ms shutter lag
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
123x92x108 mm vs 130x90x126 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Zoom
Slightly 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 SX30 IS'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
601 g vs 730 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The HS20 EXR's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
320 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 7.5x faster continuous shooting
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
10.6 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$429.99 vs $453.18
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The best price we've seen is $23 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              HS20 EXR:1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX30 IS:1/3200s
              HS20 EXR:1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX30 IS:$453.18
              HS20 EXR:$429.99
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              HS20 EXR:5"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS:601 g
              HS20 EXR:730 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX30 IS:320 ms
              HS20 EXR:350 ms
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
              HS20 EXR:130x90x126 mm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX30 IS:230k dots
              HS20 EXR:460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS:35x
              HS20 EXR:30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $348

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $233 body only

              $375 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
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $346 - $429

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $449 - $550

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $319

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Zoom Less zoom
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Super zoom

              $386

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $500

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $331

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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              discussion

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              Skhoiri (1:45 PM, November 17, 2011)
              fujifilm hs20 is the winner....
              i'm fuji guys...
              fujifilm hs20 is amazing...
              the perfect camera...
               
              Avatar for Knight4Christ Knight4Christ (6:06 AM, September 09, 2011)
              Fuji is not the winner, the HS20 is a dust magnet, UNDER the lens, got a lot of dust in a month, and turning off the sound locks out the flash.

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              Pacarca (8:21 PM, July 25, 2011)
              ""fujiiiiii""
               
              Random (1:47 PM, June 29, 2011)
              @12a95290e12078566009e9cdf95a5ba4:disqus if you are looking for better Image quality I would recommend Fujifilm.
               
              Anne (0:17 PM, June 26, 2011)
              I really want to buy one of this two. I care a lot about good quality and good colour photographs, and not so much about video. Which should I buy?