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

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS10

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

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4000

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

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 Cheaper $149.00 vs $399.99
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The best price we've seen is $251 cheaper (2.7x 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
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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 Common Weaknesses
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              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 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
              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

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $341

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $155 - $185

              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix S4200

              Fujifilm FinePix S4200

              Super zoom

              $129

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Compact

              $89

              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $299

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix SL300

              Fujifilm FinePix SL300

              Super zoom

              $120 - $149

              External flash Supports an external flash
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $210

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Smaller
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $195 - $475

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Super zoom

              $230 - $390

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $299 body only

              $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $309 - $788

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Size Larger
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Size Much smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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

              Fuji HS10 also has Panorama and ISO 6400