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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Live view
Has live view
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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
320 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
 
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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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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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
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        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
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Size Large Help
        HS20 EXR:130x90x126 mm
        D3100:124x96x73 mm
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $656 body only

        $399 - $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

        $276 - $290 body only

        $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 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
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $330 body only

        $350 - $398 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Thickness Is thicker
        Color depth Has much less color depth
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Super zoom

        $332

        3D Takes 3D photos
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Supports RAW No RAW support
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

        Super zoom

        $350 - $380

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Size Slightly larger
        Fujifilm FinePix HS10

        Fujifilm FinePix HS10

        Super zoom

        $400

        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Super zoom

        $337 - $471

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Super zoom

        $420

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Size Smaller
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

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        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $485 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Size Slightly larger
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $681 body only

        $499 - $823 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

        $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

        $575 - $629 body only

        $848 - $966 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 !?