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

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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Advantages of the Fujifilm HS20 EXR

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
        HS20 EXR:1080p @ 30fps
        DSC-HX100v:1080p @ 60fps
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        HS20 EXR:400 shots
        DSC-HX100v:410 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
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Weight Heavy Help
        HS20 EXR:730 g
        DSC-HX100v:577 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        HS20 EXR:5"
        DSC-HX100v:3.7"
        Size Large Help
        HS20 EXR:130x90x126 mm
        DSC-HX100v:122x87x93 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
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Super zoom

        $379

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $325

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $180 - $279

        Size Is slightly smaller
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

        Super zoom

        $249 - $409

        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

        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Super zoom

        $349 - $441

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $780 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Movie format Does not take movies
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

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        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Super zoom

        $469

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive
        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Super zoom

        $398 - $400

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Size Larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $398

        Size Significantly smaller
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $468

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Larger
        Battery life Shorter battery life

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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 DanielKnight4Christ DanielKnight4Christ (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?