Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S4200 vs Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS10 vs Fujifilm FinePix S4000

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
1,000 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4000

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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Advantages of the Fujifilm S4000

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Size
Significantly smaller
118x80x99 mm vs 131x91x126 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness
Thinner
3.9" vs 5"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
540 g vs 666 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$158.00 vs $399.99
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The best price we've seen is $242 cheaper (2.5x less)
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Advantages of the Fujifilm HS10

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
1,000 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the HS10's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 8.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The HS10's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              S4000:3.9"
              HS10:5"
              Weight Heavy Help
              S4000:540 g
              HS10:666 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S4000:6,400 ISO
              HS10:None
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              S4000:118x80x99 mm
              HS10:131x91x126 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
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              30x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S4000:460k dots
              HS10:230k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $237 body only

              $375 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd

              Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd

              Pro digicam

              $547

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Super zoom

              $386

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $179

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $154

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $133 - $230

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $150

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $430

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

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $314

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $515

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $225

              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $300 - $349

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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              Guest (5:40 PM, March 31, 2012)
              Correction please:

              Fuji HS10 also has Panorama and ISO 6400