Updated (January 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Winner
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

60

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

53

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

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7

Items often bought with the Fujifilm HS20 EXR or Canon SX30 IS

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
123×92×108 mm vs 131×91×126 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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Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 1.0 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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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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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 6 f-stops better
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 7.5x faster continuous shooting
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
Slightly higher true resolution
10.6 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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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recommendations

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 IS0.0 cm
              HS20 EXR1.0 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 IS1/3200s
              HS20 EXR1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS4.3"
              HS20 EXR5"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS601 g
              HS20 EXR730 g
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX30 IS320 ms
              HS20 EXR350 ms
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS123×92×108 mm
              HS20 EXR131×91×126 mm

              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SX30 IS1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              HS20 EXR1/2" 6.4x4.8mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX30 IS230k dots
              HS20 EXR460k dots
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX30 IS720p @ 30fps
              HS20 EXR1080p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS35x
              HS20 EXR30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $400

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $463

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $304

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $550

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Super zoom

              $400

              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 faster
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Super zoom

              $396

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Size Slightly larger

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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?