Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
320 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 122x87x93 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v.

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
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
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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 27 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
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 9.7 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$417.09 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $183 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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 Sony DSC-HX100v

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
122x87x93 mm vs 130x90x126 mm
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More than 30% smaller
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
3.7" vs 5"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
577 g vs 730 g
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More than 20% lighter
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
410 shots vs 400 shots
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Almost the same
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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.8
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              HS20 EXR400 shots
              DSC-HX100v410 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              HS20 EXR$417.09
              DSC-HX100v$599.99
              Weight Heavy Help
              HS20 EXR730 g
              DSC-HX100v577 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              HS20 EXR5"
              DSC-HX100v3.7"
              Size Large Help
              HS20 EXR130x90x126 mm
              DSC-HX100v122x87x93 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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $629 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $353

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $387

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Super zoom

              $294

              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

              $458

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              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 faster
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $302 - $314

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $408 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $399

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $241 - $348

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $275 - $378

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Super zoom

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              Fl Filho (11:10 PM, December 25, 2011)
              I have a Sony HX100V and it has a issue with oversaturated colors, that makes everything looks reddish, particulary skin and lips colors, seams very artificial.
              I recommend for those that are looking for a new camera, to consider another manufacturer.
               
              Souvik (10:56 AM, December 16, 2011)
              This is the first website where I saw HS20 is placed higher than HX100V.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (11:44 PM, November 13, 2011)
              Hi Artist, thanks for checking out the site!  Correct, Snapsort does not test cameras, its a database of cameras and specs (and some benchmarks where possible) and a comparison engine for you to compare them side by side.

              If you check out the specs tab of the comparison you'll see the specs for the Sony are listed as 15.9MP.

              In the comparisons, the site calculates a true resolution based on the camera's sensor size and resolution.  Beside the statement "much higher true resolution" there is an (i) icon which explains this and gives a link to the info above.
               
              Artist1131 (11:36 PM, November 13, 2011)
              So both tech radar and popular photography rate the resolution of the Sony higher than the Fuji.  How do you come up with your numbers?   It really isn't close in either's estimation.
              Tech Radar Sony  http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/digital-slrs-hybrids/sony-cyber-shot-hx100v-993879/review?artc_pg=4
              Tech Radar Fuji  http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/digital-slrs-hybrids/fujifilm-finepix-hs20-955473/review?artc_pg=4
               
              Artist1131 (11:30 PM, November 13, 2011)
              You have the Sony listed at 9.7MP.. it is 16MP.  Do you not actually test these?   The resolution on the Sony is at over 1700 lines of resolution compared to 1500 for the Fuji.  These site seems fairly useless.  You can have two equal sensors, same MP count and size and get much different resolution out of them.Much higher true resolution10.6 MPvs9.7 MP
               
              Mojieta (6:17 PM, November 01, 2011)
              You can manually turn off all the sounds and use flash:)
               
              Mojieta (6:15 PM, November 01, 2011)
              Try use HARD sharpness from the menu.
              I also advise using RAW format.
               
              Esanchez0406 (5:21 AM, October 19, 2011)
              I just bought my sony yesterday at walmart it was $399...not sure what's up amazon being so over priced
               
              TAN-NIBC (3:38 PM, October 16, 2011)
              Nikon p500 has a problem of auto focusing in zooming,but it manual focus is OK,I suggested Sony is to be better one and compete the DSLR Cameras..
               
              Doneli2 (10:34 AM, September 30, 2011)
              Do not buy Nikon P500! It's worse than Sony HX100. I bought it a week ago and had to return bakck becaus of the auto-focusing problems. Te quality of photoes was good but I would like to have good video-shooring mode (such as in Sony HX100V.
              I also tried Fuji HS 20 - the same problem with focusing ( but better than with Nikon).
               
              Oleg (10:12 AM, September 30, 2011)
              i prefer automatic zoom. the Sony's zoom is tracking perfectly. And it weighs less.
               
              Lan (6:04 PM, September 14, 2011)
              Is there a way to produce sharp HS20 images? I heard the images JPEG are not very sharp. This is disturbing because i have a 14.2MP compact which produces very sharp images and i was hoping i could get the same quality.
               
              Moshkas (3:25 AM, September 06, 2011)
              I full agree with you . I have HS10 it's not comfortable  and easy use as Sony.
               
              Avatar for Knight4Christ Knight4Christ (1:19 PM, August 27, 2011)
              The HS20 is prone to quickly
              accumulating dust under the lens, mine was terrible after a month.
              Further there is a software glitch: if you have the sound turned off you
              cannot use the flash.
               
              Eftoi (2:14 AM, August 15, 2011)
              SONY HX100V IS $409.44
               
              Thecarsons (4:53 AM, August 06, 2011)
              The hs20 is also 16mp camera. I'm not sure why they record them both here at lower megapixles.
               
              Guest787 (6:48 PM, August 02, 2011)
              Can either of them hold filters? Or Can I put an adapter on them so they can hold filters? If so where can I buy them? Or what size of adapter and filter would I need to get?
               
              Guest (3:42 PM, August 02, 2011)
              Does a lens adapter fit on the sony hx100v?, if so where can I get one? How about the fujifilm hs20?
               
              Somnath Bag (1:37 PM, July 09, 2011)
              I want to buy a digital camera.I am confused between sony dsc-hx100 and Fuji HS20 and cannon sx30is.pls give me sugession about the three model and other parrel model
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:56 PM, June 20, 2011)
              The Sony HX100v is advertised to have 16.2 MP, but snapsort uses true resolution which is based on the sensor size of the camera and not the inflated number advertised by manufacturer. The HX100v has a true resolution of 9.7 mp.
               
              Elle2010 (6:35 PM, June 18, 2011)
              The sony is 16.2mp not 9.7mp
               
              BEN66 (10:44 AM, June 06, 2011)
              I have the HS10. It takes sometimes washed out pictures, especially with foliage (known problem). Zoom is also sticky and jumpy. Slow shoot to shoot time because of writing. Eats battery. Panorama function useless. Bad support.
              Also have the HX1. Compared to the HS10 is´t way better in each term. Support more than in-existent (as with most SONY Gear).
              Now i will get the HX100 and give it a try. Kinda pricey.
               
              Martinfullerza (0:10 AM, June 02, 2011)
              Have played with both and the big difference for me was that the Fuji manual focus is very sticky, jumpy .... would be very frustrating for trying to get exact focus. The Sony was much smoother, has auto and manual over ride barrel ring for focus.
               
              Luberty333 (9:15 AM, March 02, 2011)
              Sony HX 100 is $450 not $778!
               
              dansun (2:44 PM, February 03, 2011)
              Tough decision! In general I've always liked Nikon products better than Sony products. That said.... I would have to have both cameras in my hands to find the better feel. I'm guessing the Sony will be easier to handle, due to weight and size. BUTT I need to get them in my hands!!! where?