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

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 118x81x100 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 
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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
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
True resolution Higher true resolution 10.6 MP vs 9.7 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 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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $199.95 vs $510.38
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The best price we've seen is $310 cheaper (2.6x less)
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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

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $419 body only

              $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Super zoom

              $180 - $220

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $150

              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 - $415 body only

              $495 - $556 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              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
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              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 HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $246

              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

              $500

              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

              $316 - $337

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $129 - $140

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $300

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Super zoom

              $173

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix S4700

              Fujifilm FinePix S4700

              Super zoom

              $139

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $168 - $279

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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