Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS10

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,000 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x81x95 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm HS10

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High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 1,000 fps vs 220 fps
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More than 4.5x higher fps
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Zoom More zoom 30x vs 24x
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Around 60% more zoom
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100

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Size Significantly smaller 124x81x95 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
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 300 ms vs 450 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
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 3.7" vs 5"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 539 g vs 666 g
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Around 20% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 11 fps vs 10 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x 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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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        1080p @ 30fps
        Supports RAW RAW support Help
        Better editing
        High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
        HS10:1,000 fps
        DMC-FZ100:220 fps
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        HS10:5"
        DMC-FZ100:3.7"
        Weight Heavy Help
        HS10:666 g
        DMC-FZ100:539 g
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        HS10:None
        DMC-FZ100:6,400 ISO
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        HS10:131x91x126 mm
        DMC-FZ100:124x81x95 mm
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

        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
        HS10:30x
        DMC-FZ100:24x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $409 - $552

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        3D Captures 3D images
        Size Is slightly larger
        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Super zoom

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $319 - $430

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
        Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen

        Fujifilm FinePix HS10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Super zoom

        $349 - $441

        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

        $249 - $409

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        3D Takes 3D photos
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

        Super zoom

        $654

        Size Significantly smaller
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

        Super zoom

        $379

        3D Takes 3D photos
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Supports RAW No RAW support
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $325

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Smaller
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $704

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Lowest price Much more expensive
        Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Super zoom

        $379

        Size Slightly smaller
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $445

        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Slightly wider aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $685

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Size Smaller
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

        Super zoom

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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        discussion

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        m1stery (7:36 PM, January 02, 2011)
        FZ100;
        Total Pixels 15.1 Megapixels
        Effective Sensor Resolution 14.1 Megapixels
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:13 PM, November 13, 2010)
        There are a few super-zooms with slightly larger sensors, e.g. 8x6mm or 7x5mm instead of 6x4mm.
         
        davis74 (6:37 PM, November 13, 2010)
        Thanks for the sensor size info. I never miss an opportunity to showcase my technical ignorance!
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:21 PM, November 13, 2010)
        The manual zoom ring sounds really useful, thanks for mentioning that.

        From what I understand, building a camera with a larger sensor requires correspondingly larger lenses, so I think the main reason for the small sensor size is to keep the camera size down.
         
        Davis74 (2:41 AM, November 13, 2010)
        Great website!
        The HS10 manual zoom ring was the tipping point for me. The motor driven ultra zooms are too slow, not intuitive and eat batteries. I wish someone would make an ultra zoom with a significantly larger CMOS sensor. I'd pay a couple hundred more.
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:12 PM, October 21, 2010)
        Thanks for pointing that out, we missed the fact that the FZ100 does high speed movies, we'll get that fixed up.
         
        Trepheag (2:01 AM, October 21, 2010)
        also FZ100 has High Speed Movie, and I saw a video on flickr at 220fps vs 240fps for hs10 (presumably at same resolutions), higher fps meaning smaller resolutions for both
        anyway it says here 1000fps for hs10 versus None for fz100 (which is incorrect, fz100 can do at least 220fps HSM)
         
        Trepheag (1:55 AM, October 21, 2010)
        that is 25% more zoom, not 60% more zoom
        if 24x is 100% then 30x is 125%, namely if 6x zoom 25% then 4 times 25% is 100% aka 4x6=24x and so another 6x is another 25% which means 30x is 25% more zoom :)