Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR vs Nikon Coolpix P510

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Professional size 116x84x103 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Weight
Light-weight
481 g
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm HS30 EXR

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the HS30 EXR's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Battery life Much longer battery life 600 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
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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 131x97x126 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 30x
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More than 40% more zoom
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 481 g vs 687 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 4.1" vs 5"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $321.00 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $279 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
              HS30 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
              HS30 EXR:5"
              P500:4.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              HS30 EXR:687 g
              P500:481 g
              Size Large Help
              HS30 EXR:131x97x126 mm
              P500:116x84x103 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              HS30 EXR:11 fps
              P500:10 fps
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              HS30 EXR:30x
              P500:36x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $399

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              High-speed framerate Records less high-speed movies
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $341

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $433

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Super zoom

              $229 - $290

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $309 - $788

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Super zoom

              $390

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $490 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

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              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $339 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              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

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              Avatar for LenK LenK (3:36 AM, March 02, 2012)
              Who in the world wrote made this comparison?? Right at the start it lists the differences and the Fuji wins just about all of them yet they some how give the nikon 100 and the Fuji 77? The HS-30 trounces the P500 in just about everything. It has more features a manual zoom and focus ring, speedlight capable, sensor size you name it. The areas the P500 wins in are in areas that didn't really matter and by insignificant amounts. You really should swap the score there buddy.
               
              Mickeyg (2:32 PM, February 17, 2012)
              I just used a friends Nkon P500  for a few days , compared to the Fuji  Camera , it looks and Feels  like a cheap camera and the power focus is annoying , also the Fuji can focus  better on max zoom , the Nikon was impossible with some objects , I would not choose the Nikon over my Fuji at all and the Fuji has far more features , I think with many Nikon products they expect you to pay for the name only .
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:18 PM, February 06, 2012)
              Thanks for pointing that out, we have fixed that up.
               
              Mistake (3:41 AM, February 06, 2012)
              The Fujifilm HS30 does have slow motion video. At 320fps.
              http://www.fujifilm.ca/products/digital_cameras/hs/finepix_hs30exr/features/page_07.html#sp-siblingLinks