Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR vs Nikon Coolpix P510

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Weight
Light-weight
481 g
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
320 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm HS25 EXR

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the HS25 EXR's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 350 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The HS25 EXR's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 320 fps vs 240 fps
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More than 30% higher fps
True resolution Higher true resolution 10.6 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 11 fps vs 10 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 2s
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15x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $229.99 vs $321.00
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The best price we've seen is $91 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Significantly smaller 116x84x103 mm vs 130x97x126 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 30x
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More than 40% more zoom
Weight Significantly lighter 481 g vs 730 g
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More than 30% lighter
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 4.1" vs 5"
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Around 20% thinner
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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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              HS25 EXR:320 fps
              P500:240 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              HS25 EXR:5"
              P500:4.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              HS25 EXR:730 g
              P500:481 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              HS25 EXR:130x97x126 mm
              P500:116x84x103 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              HS25 EXR:11 fps
              P500:10 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              HS25 EXR:30x
              P500:36x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $339 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Records less high-speed movies
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $341

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $433

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $399

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 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 a built in panoramas

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Super zoom

              $229 - $290

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $310

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $309 - $788

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

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $334 - $339

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $548 - $583

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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