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
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
12,800 ISO
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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
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 Slightly more zoom 30x vs 24x
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Around 60% more zoom
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
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The HS20 EXR's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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
Thickness Thinner 3.6" vs 5"
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Around 30% thinner
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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        HS20 EXR:130x90x126 mm
        DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        HS20 EXR:350 ms
        DMC-FZ48:280 ms

        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
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        HS20 EXR:30x
        DMC-FZ48:24x
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        460k dots

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $343 - $598

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $328

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $165 - $227

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $405 - $433

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Super zoom

        $230 - $390

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

        Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

        Super zoom

        $310

        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $270 - $387 body only

        $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Super zoom

        $309 - $1,000

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Super zoom

        $387

        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $259 - $310

        Zoom Much more zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $544

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

        Super zoom

        $369 - $546

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
        True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $401

        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier

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        discussion

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