Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
320 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Fujifilm HS20 EXR

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 320 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Size Significantly smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 130x90x126 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2" 6.4x4.8mm
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More than 11.5x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.9" vs 5"
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More than 40% thinner
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 10.6 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 279 ms vs 350 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 730 g
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More than 30% lighter
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
Lowest price Cheaper $278.29 vs $510.38
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The best price we've seen is $232 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              HS20 EXR:Digital
              D3100:Pentamirror
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Heavy Help
              HS20 EXR:730 g
              D3100:505 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              HS20 EXR:5"
              D3100:2.9"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              HS20 EXR:130x90x126 mm
              D3100:124x96x73 mm
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $419 body only

              $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 - $415 body only

              $495 - $556 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 body only

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              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
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $246

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

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Super zoom

              $500

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

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $316 - $337

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 - $849 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $830 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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              Piet Beryl (1:09 PM, December 05, 2011)
              How does the Fuji Finepix HS20 compare to the Nikon P80?
               
              Janseen (2:03 PM, October 07, 2011)
              why snapsort are not displaying the image quality, color depth, shutter lag, start up lag on Fujifilm HS20 EXR
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:50 PM, February 17, 2011)
              Hi Elwood, we do think we have the sensor size correct, its 6.4 x 4.8mm. If someone thinks thats incorrect, we'd be happy to do some double checking, or change the value. The issue I think is that Snapsort takes the actual sensor size (6.4x4.8) and then labels that as one of 1/3.6, 1/2.5, 1/1.7 etc, and really it needs to be more granular, and include 1/2.3 etc as a label.

              Yes I believe the HS20 does have a new style of backlit CMOS sensor, at the moment we don't factor that into our calculations. We'll look into that some more and consider adding it - hopefully its not just a marketing ploy :)

              Good call on the ISO Boost, that doesn't make much sense.

              Snapsort is actually a comparison tool, allowing you to compare any two cameras, for example you can compare the HS20 vs the Nikon D5000.
               
              Elwoodblues (5:29 AM, February 17, 2011)
              I can understand being able to calculate MP based on sensor size and known technologies. But, how can you calculate the MP of the camera when you state that you don't think you have the sensor size correct?

              Also. Doesn't this camera feature the new style of 'backlit' CMOS senor? and fuji claims it orients the sensor pixels at a 45 degree angle. Does this change any of the variables in your calculation?

              You also report the Fuji has no 'ISO boost' where Fuji's website says the HS20 has the same high ISO rating as the Nikon D3100

              Lastly: This isn't exactly a 'apple to apple' comparison. I really think comparing the HS20 to Nikons D500 would be a much more appropriate comparison. .
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:04 AM, February 10, 2011)
              Hi Ron, thanks for the comment. I agree with you that its hard to compare these two, and it would be more fair if we gave the D3100 a lens before comparing.

              I do think we have the sensor sizes correct, and that the D3100's sensor is indeed 11.5x bigger. You're right, the Fuji is a 16mp camera, Snapsort actually calculates a true resolution (limited by sensor size) and compares that, that we it avoids saying cameras are better just because they have higher megapixels.

              Higher megapixels in small sensors don't actually increase detail.
               
              Ron (3:55 AM, February 10, 2011)
              If you compare, you must be good compare, thirst de sensor is not 15x times bigger from the 3100,second the 3100 is only smaller because of his lens,you can not compare it because the fuji has 30x zoom, the 3100 none, if this one has a 30x zoom lens,it would be not possible to take it with you! third, de fuji has 16 MP and not 10 as you say, this is a very bad compare and its not possible to compare these two because of the very different between these two camera's and they have a very different buyer group
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:45 PM, January 10, 2011)
              Heh, Snapsort calculates a true resolution based on the sensor size, basically we don't believe the Fuji takes higher resolution photos than the D3100, in fact, we believe the opposite, because the D3100's sensor is 12.5x larger. Snapsort does have 16mp listed on the specs page.
               
              Looking_for_perfection (5:58 PM, January 10, 2011)
              All the web is written 16MP for the Fuji ? What the !?