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

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Winner
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

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Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix P500

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
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Professional size 116x84x103 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Weight
Light-weight
481 g
 

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
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
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
Weight
Significantly lighter
481 g vs 730 g
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More than 30% lighter
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$350.00 vs $416.49
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The best price we've seen is $66 cheaper (around 20% 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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              HS20 EXR:5"
              P500:4.1"
              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

              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
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              HS20 EXR:30x
              P500:36x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $432

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $246

              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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much 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
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              High-speed framerate Records less high-speed movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $604

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              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
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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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.