Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR vs Nikon Coolpix P510

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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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Weight
Light-weight
481 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm HS20 EXR

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the HS20 EXR's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The HS20 EXR's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 400 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 320 fps vs 240 fps
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More than 30% higher fps
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 2s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 116x84x103 mm vs 130x90x126 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 30x
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More than 40% more zoom
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Weight Significantly lighter 481 g vs 730 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 4.1" vs 5"
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Around 20% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
        HS20 EXR:320 fps
        P500:240 fps
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        HS20 EXR:5"
        P500:4.1"
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Weight Heavy Help
        HS20 EXR:730 g
        P500:481 g
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        HS20 EXR:130x90x126 mm
        P500:116x84x103 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
        P500:36x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Super zoom

        $250

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $202 - $279

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $227

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Super zoom

        $627 - $667

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        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

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

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        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

        $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
        Fujifilm X-S1

        Fujifilm X-S1

        Pro digicam

        $325 - $675

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
        Size Significantly larger
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

        Super zoom

        $244 - $436

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Size Slightly larger

        Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

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        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $427

        Zoom Much more zoom
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $322 - $347

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Wider aperture
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $249

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $425

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

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        HLH (0:56 AM, November 28, 2011)
        ola Viviane,
        Gostaria de saber se voce já comprou e qual a camera. Também estou na dúvida entre a nikon P500 e a fujifilm HS20.
         
        KING (1:24 AM, September 29, 2011)
        Is P500 ranked high just because it got 36x zoom or there are other good reasons too ? The concern about HS20 having so many megapixels on such a small sensor and the following http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm23SKOgyEs review . Whats your take .....?
         
        Audliza90 (6:51 PM, September 27, 2011)
        Hi everyone ..I am a design student and I intend to buy myself a camera for my school for my homework in Uni (mostly for potrait & macro usage)... currently there are promotion for Hs 20 in Msia for rm1688 (which is USD 535.23) is it user friendly , handy and worth to buy ?

        Or I should invest on other brands like nikon or canon ?    Ur great advice will be much appreciated!
         
        drm (11:31 PM, September 26, 2011)
        Hi Viviane, if you didn't buy your cam yet I suggest you get a Canon T3i or Nikon D5100 since it seems you need good quality at low light with no flash. Other less expensive option is the Pentax K-r probably the best in this $ class for low light photography. I have an HS20EXR and love it but image quality is far behind the Pentax K-r from ISO1600.   
         
        dpm (11:23 PM, September 26, 2011)
        Got an HS20EXR this month with v1.03 firmware on it, no heating problem, fantastic image quality on manual modes specially 8MP up to ISO400, good up to ISO1600, don't recommend if you need ISO3200 or more with good quality (no match to a good entry level DSLR). Get focus all right on video when zooming from 24mm to 250mm after that it hunts a lot but if you take a picture while filming it gets instant focus so no problem with that. I think is the best mega-zoom out there, the sensor is impressive for this small size (1/2") and EXR rocks, lots of features, fast continuous shooting, extended dynamic range produces really nice pictures. I love this camera. 
         
        KING (6:48 PM, September 25, 2011)
        is HS20 still having the Heating problem ??
         
        Harsh Himachal (5:59 PM, August 02, 2011)
        i have got new hs 20 ,has a stunning image quality,better than nikon d 40 ,i have already tried
         
        Eng_mido_joule (10:46 AM, August 02, 2011)
        i get Fuji HS20 today , and simply i can say " THATS A BIG EXPERIENCE " i have get in all my life ... thanks fuji for the genius camera , im in love with my cam
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:55 PM, July 04, 2011)
        The biggest difference between these point and shoot cameras and a DSLR like the D3100, is that a DSLR can be upgraded with lenses, flashes and other accessories, where as a point and shoot can not. 
        If you have the budget I would suggest looking at the D3100, it is designed for beginners, with a great guide to help you set the camera up to take great photos.
         
        Avatar for Viviane Fernandes Viviane Fernandes (11:47 PM, July 03, 2011)
        I'm new in this, and i'm going to buy my first camera this week. I'm between this two cameras and D3100. My budget is no very high, up to $600 and I would wish a little help. I'll use the camera for landscape, pets and sometimes with movement. Would be nice if i could shot great pic at night and have the movie feature too. Any help on which one is a best deal for me?
         
        grandma (2:12 AM, April 26, 2011)
        having trouble choosing between nikon coolpix 500, fuji finepix hs20 and panasonic dmx fz100. need for zoom (kids h.s. sports, low light, also) need viewfinder, rapid pictures so i dont miss that tackle/catch/watersport pics. pls help
         
        Avatar for Mark Mark (3:15 AM, March 29, 2011)
        For those who are in murky waters of the right camera choice, considering finances, purpose of owning, and the latest technology, this site is superbly relevant in these high tech age.
         
        Eliedata (6:21 PM, February 16, 2011)
        I couldn't find enough information about the movie functions. Your website does not show whether a camera supports optical zooming & optical/mechanical image stablization while shooting movies.