Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR vs Fujifilm FinePix S4500

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

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Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
320 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 118x81x100 mm
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix S4200.

differences

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
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the HS20 EXR's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
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 1.2 fps
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More than 6.5x faster continuous shooting
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 300 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
30x vs 24x
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Around 60% more zoom
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
True resolution
Higher true resolution
10.6 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The HS20 EXR's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Fujifilm S4200

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Size
Smaller
118x81x100 mm vs 130x90x126 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight
Lighter
543 g vs 730 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.9" vs 5"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.95 vs $329.19
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The best price we've seen is $129 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              HS20 EXR5"
              S42003.9"
              Weight Heavy Help
              HS20 EXR730 g
              S4200543 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              HS20 EXR130x90x126 mm
              S4200118x81x100 mm
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift

              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              HS20 EXR30x
              S420024x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              HS20 EXR460k dots
              S4200230k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 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

              $314

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $227 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $179

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $282

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $100

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $124 - $230

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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