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
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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
300 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
3.7"
Weight
Light-weight
539 g
 
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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
Thickness Thinner 3.7" vs 5"
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More than 20% thinner
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
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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recommendations

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
        High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
        HS10:1,000 fps
        DMC-FZ100:220 fps
        Supports RAW RAW support Help
        Better editing
        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
        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 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

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Super zoom

        $349

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $323 - $405

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        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
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $444 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly 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 SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $395 - $479

        Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Super zoom

        $627 - $667

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash

        Fujifilm FinePix HS10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

        Super zoom

        $323 - $390

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Size Larger
        Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

        Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

        Super zoom

        $314

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
        Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

        Super zoom

        $244

        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

        Super zoom

        $227 - $290

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Size Slightly larger

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $383 - $536

        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

        Pro digicam

        $879 - $919

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Significantly larger
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $298 - $330

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $704

        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Lowest price Significantly more expensive
        Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

        Pro digicam

        $998

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Zoom Less zoom

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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 :)