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

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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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

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
320 ms shutter lag

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
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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Almost the same
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 significantly 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
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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX30 ISf/2.7
              HS20 EXRf/2.8
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS0 cm
              HS20 EXR1 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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX30 IS320 ms
              HS20 EXR350 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS123x92x108 mm
              HS20 EXR130x90x126 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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX30 IS230k dots
              HS20 EXR460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS35x
              HS20 EXR30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $340

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $357

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              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

              $290 - $600

              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
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $499 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Zoom Less zoom

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 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

              $422

              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

              $314

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $599

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
              Size Significantly larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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              discussion

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              Showing 5 comments

              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?