Updated (July 2011): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Winner
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
3.6"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR.
Explore our gallery of 19 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48.

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm HS20 EXR

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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
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 6 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
30x vs 24x
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Around 60% more zoom
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The HS20 EXR's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10.6 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$429.99 vs $556.00
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The best price we've seen is $126 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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Size
Significantly smaller
120×80×92 mm vs 131×91×126 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Weight
Lighter
498 g vs 730 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.6" vs 5"
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Around 30% thinner
Longest exposure
Significantly 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
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              400 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              HS20 EXR30s
              DMC-FZ4860s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              HS20 EXR5"
              DMC-FZ483.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              HS20 EXR730 g
              DMC-FZ48498 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              HS20 EXR350 ms
              DMC-FZ48280 ms
              Size Large Help
              HS20 EXR131×91×126 mm
              DMC-FZ48120×80×92 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              HS20 EXR1/2" 6.4x4.8mm
              DMC-FZ481/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              HS20 EXR30x
              DMC-FZ4824x
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Super zoom

              $160

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $304

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              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
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Super zoom

              $400

              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 faster
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Super zoom

              $396

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Size Slightly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $450

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm X30

              Fujifilm X30

              Pro digicam

              $411 - $600

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle

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