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 movies
High-speed framerate
1,000 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
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
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
11 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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
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
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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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$359.99 vs $399.99
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The best price we've seen is $40 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              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

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $380

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 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
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $416

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              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
              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR

              Super zoom

              $386

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Super zoom

              $399

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              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

              $820 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $383

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $345

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

              Pro digicam

              $998 - $1,100

              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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              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 :)