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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x81x95 mm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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 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
Lowest price Cheaper $315.00 vs $399.99
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The best price we've seen is $85 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              Weight Heavy Help
              HS10:666 g
              DMC-FZ100:539 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              HS10:5"
              DMC-FZ100:3.7"
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              HS10:450 ms
              DMC-FZ100:300 ms

              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              HS10:30x
              DMC-FZ100:24x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $346

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $490

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $427 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 SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $425

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $420

              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 HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

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

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $337 - $471

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Super zoom

              $330

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $299 - $380

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $320 - $675

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $365 - $598

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298 - $398

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $249

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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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 :)