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

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

57

Nikon Coolpix P500

54

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Size
Really small
Professional size (116×84×103 mm)
Weight
Light-weight
481 g
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/5000 of a second
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

galleries

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.

competitors

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

Super zoom

$550

3D Takes 3D photos
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

Super zoom

$525

3D Takes 3D photos
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Supports RAW No RAW support
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Super zoom

$435

High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Size Larger

Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600

Super zoom

$305

Zoom Significantly more zoom
HDR Has in-camera HDR
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840

Super zoom

$179 - $197

Battery life Much longer battery life
Aperture Wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$190

Aperture Wider aperture
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

discussion

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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.