Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 115x83x92 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
3.6"
Weight
Light-weight
544 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm HS10

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High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 1,000 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1440 x 1080 @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Zoom More zoom 30x vs 20x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The HS10's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
True resolution Higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 8.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Lowest price Much cheaper $399.99 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $599 cheaper (2.5x less)
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
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More than 20% larger sensor
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX1

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Size Significantly smaller 115x83x92 mm vs 131x91x126 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness Thinner 3.6" vs 5"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight Lighter 544 g vs 666 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Heavy Help
              HS10:666 g
              DSC-HX1:544 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              HS10:5"
              DSC-HX1:3.6"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Size Large Help
              HS10:131x91x126 mm
              DSC-HX1:115x83x92 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              HS10:$399.99
              DSC-HX1:$999.00
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              HS10:30x
              DSC-HX1:20x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $429

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

              Super zoom

              $229 - $290

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $401 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              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
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $379 body only

              $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Movie format Does not take 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 HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $305 - $500

              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

              $515

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $398 - $433

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $800

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger

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