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

vs

     
 

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
Size
Really small
Professional size 116x84x103 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Weight
Light-weight
481 g
 
Differences | Recommendations | Cast your vote | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm HS20 EXR

Report a correction
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
Help
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
Help
The HS20 EXR's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 400 shots vs 220 shots
Help
More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
Help
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 320 fps vs 240 fps
Help
More than 30% higher fps
True resolution Higher true resolution 10.6 MP vs 9.7 MP
Help
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
Help
Around 10% larger sensor
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 2s
Help
15x longer exposures
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Learn more about
the Fujifilm HS20 EXR

Advantages of the Nikon P500

Report a correction
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
Help
2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 116x84x103 mm vs 130x90x126 mm
Help
More than 30% smaller
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 30x
Help
More than 40% more zoom
Weight Significantly lighter 481 g vs 730 g
Help
More than 30% lighter
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 23 mm vs 24 mm
Help
Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 4.1" vs 5"
Help
Around 20% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 10 fps vs 8 fps
Help
Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Cheaper $319.99 vs $510.38
Help
The best price we've seen is $190 cheaper (around 40% less)
Nikon Coolpix P500 Learn more about
the Nikon P500
vs

recommendations

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

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR 66
Retailer
    Style
      Color
        You save

        vs

        64 Nikon Coolpix P500 Nikon Coolpix P500
        Retailer
          Style
            Color
              You save

              similarities

              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

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 - $480 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 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
              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 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $390

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              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

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $427

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $304

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $347

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $315 - $405

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              appearance

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Nikon Coolpix P500
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Nikon Coolpix P500
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Nikon Coolpix P500

              discussion

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR
              FinePix HS20 EXR
              Fujifilm

              Report a correction
              Nikon Coolpix P500
              Coolpix P500
              Nikon

              Report a correction

              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.