• 1/2 inch 30.7mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 250.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Fujifilm HS30EXR advantages over Panasonic SZ3

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 250 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 600 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic SZ3 advantages over Fujifilm HS30EXR

  • Thinner
    21 mm vs 126 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    126g vs 687g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm HS20EXR

Fujifilm HS30EXR
Fujifilm HS20EXR
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $289
  • 1/2 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
Panasonic SZ3
Fujifilm HS20EXR
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $289
  • 1/2 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm HS25EXR

Fujifilm HS30EXR
Fujifilm HS25EXR
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $279
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive
Panasonic SZ3
Fujifilm HS25EXR
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $279
  • 1/2 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm HS35EXR

Fujifilm HS30EXR
Fujifilm HS35EXR
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • $489
  • 1/2 inch
  • Slow-motion videos
Panasonic SZ3
Fujifilm HS35EXR
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $489
  • 1/2 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon 130 IS

Fujifilm HS30EXR
Canon 130 IS
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Thinner
Panasonic SZ3
Canon 130 IS
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • HDMI out

Compared to Canon 135

Fujifilm HS30EXR
Canon 135
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $122
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Newer
Panasonic SZ3
Canon 135
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $122
  • 1/2.3 inch
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