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

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Winner
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

60

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

53

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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
 

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
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
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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$416.49 vs $507.95
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The best price we've seen is $91 cheaper (around 20% less)
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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              HS20 EXR:5"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS:601 g
              HS20 EXR:730 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX30 IS:$507.95
              HS20 EXR:$416.49
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX30 IS:320 ms
              HS20 EXR:350 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
              HS20 EXR:130x90x126 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 IS:230k dots
              HS20 EXR:460k dots
              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

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $432

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              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 significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $549

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

              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 HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $299 - $500

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Super zoom

              $259 - $290

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              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?