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
Thickness
Thin
3.7"
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
Lowest price Cheaper $510.38 vs $627.16
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The best price we've seen is $117 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              HS20 EXR:$510.38
              DSC-HX100v:$627.16
              Weight Heavy Help
              HS20 EXR:730 g
              DSC-HX100v:577 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              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

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $324

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              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 Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              Size Is slightly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $285 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $315 - $405

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 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 P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $397

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $299

              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

              $240

              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 HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $316 - $500

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Super zoom

              $226 - $290

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $650

              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

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              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 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?