Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
3.6"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm HS20 EXR

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Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The HS20 EXR's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
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
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Zoom More zoom 30x vs 24x
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Around 60% more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
True resolution Higher true resolution 10.6 MP vs 9.8 MP
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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
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Around 10% larger sensor
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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Size Significantly smaller 120x79x91 mm vs 130x90x126 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Weight Significantly lighter 498 g vs 730 g
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More than 30% lighter
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 280 ms vs 350 ms
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20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Thinner 3.6" vs 5"
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Around 30% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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recommendations

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

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similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Battery life Great battery life Help
400 shots
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1 cm
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
Digital
Thickness Quite thick Help
HS20 EXR:5"
DMC-FZ48:3.6"
Weight Heavy Help
HS20 EXR:730 g
DMC-FZ48:498 g
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
HS20 EXR:None
DMC-FZ48:6,400 ISO
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
HS20 EXR:350 ms
DMC-FZ48:280 ms
Size Large Help
HS20 EXR:130x90x126 mm
DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 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
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Zoom Poor zoom Help
HS20 EXR:30x
DMC-FZ48:24x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500

Super zoom

$346

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40

Super zoom

$289 - $390

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Weight Is slightly heavier
Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$399 - $400

Zoom Has much more zoom
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Weight Is slightly heavier
Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$319 - $656 body only

$399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

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
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Supports RAW No RAW support
Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Super zoom

$400

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

$299 - $380

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
3D Takes 3D photos
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly larger
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Super zoom

$337 - $471

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
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
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Super zoom

$379

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Super zoom

$704

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
3D Takes 3D photos
Size Slightly larger
Weight Slightly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Super zoom

$365 - $598

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
3D Takes 3D photos
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$298 - $398

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Size Significantly larger
Thickness Thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Super zoom

$490

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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discussion

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