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

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Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 118x81x100 mm
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Thickness
Thin
3.9"
Weight
Light-weight
543 g
 
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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
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
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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 1.2 fps
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More than 6.5x faster continuous shooting
Zoom 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
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
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 Significantly 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
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness Thinner 3.9" vs 5"
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More than 20% thinner
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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
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        HS20 EXR:5"
        S4200:3.9"
        Weight Heavy Help
        HS20 EXR:730 g
        S4200:543 g
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        HS20 EXR:None
        S4200:6,400 ISO
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        HS20 EXR:130x90x126 mm
        S4200:118x81x100 mm

        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
        Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        HS20 EXR:30x
        S4200:24x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

        Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

        Super zoom

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $229

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $202 - $279

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Entry-level DSLR

        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
        Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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 HS25 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Super zoom

        $250

        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

        $236 - $380

        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

        $337 - $471

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

        Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix S2950

        Fujifilm FinePix S2950

        Super zoom

        Size Smaller
        Weight Lighter
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Fujifilm FinePix S4700

        Fujifilm FinePix S4700

        Super zoom

        $149

        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $172

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Smaller
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Fujifilm FinePix S4500

        Fujifilm FinePix S4500

        Super zoom

        $152 - $300

        Zoom More zoom
        Lowest price Cheaper
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

        Super zoom

        $188

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Significantly larger
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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