Updated (February 2011): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR


Nikon Coolpix P500



Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
320 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/5000 of a second
Screen size
Large screen


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P500.


Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

Super zoom


Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Zoom More zoom
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Super zoom

$178 - $286

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Zoom Slightly more zoom
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

Super zoom


Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Lowest price Cheaper
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

Super zoom

$199 - $257

Battery life Much longer battery life
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700

Super zoom

$339 - $447

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Movie format Higher resolution movies
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40

Super zoom


Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen


Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR
FinePix HS20 EXR

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Nikon Coolpix P500
Coolpix P500

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Showing 13 comments

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.