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 SX30 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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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 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
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 320 ms vs 350 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 7.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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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 Common Weaknesses
        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
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        SX30 IS:4.3"
        HS20 EXR:5"
        Weight Heavy Help
        SX30 IS:601 g
        HS20 EXR:730 g
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
        HS20 EXR:130x90x126 mm
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        SX30 IS:320 ms
        HS20 EXR:350 ms
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

        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
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        SX30 IS:35x
        HS20 EXR:30x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $319 - $390

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $325

        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
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Super zoom

        $420

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Size Is slightly smaller
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        True resolution Takes much 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 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $365

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Zoom Less zoom
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Super zoom

        $179 - $275

        Size Significantly smaller
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Samsung HZ50W

        Samsung HZ50W

        Super zoom

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Size Smaller
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Super zoom

        $341

        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

        $249 - $409

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Size Slightly larger
        Fujifilm FinePix HS10

        Fujifilm FinePix HS10

        Super zoom

        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

        $349 - $441

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker

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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 DanielKnight4Christ DanielKnight4Christ (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?