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

Fujifilm FinePix HS10 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS10

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
1,000 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x81x95 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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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
Slightly 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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100

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Size
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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$225.00 vs $399.99
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The best price we've seen is $175 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              HS10:1,000 fps
              DMC-FZ100:220 fps
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              HS10:450 ms
              DMC-FZ100:300 ms
              Size Large Help
              HS10:131x91x126 mm
              DMC-FZ100:124x81x95 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              HS10:10 fps
              DMC-FZ100:11 fps
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              HS10:230k dots
              DMC-FZ100:460k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $430

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              $393

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $233 body only

              $375 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $344 - $598

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $344

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $619

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $714 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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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 :)