HS20 best value?

Started Jan 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
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romphotog
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HS20 best value?
Jan 7, 2012

I have narrowed down large zoom to these:

Fuji Film FinePix:
HS20EXR 16 MP - $329.88
Specs:
Lens: Fujinon 30x Optical zoom lens
Focal Length: f = 4.2 - 126mm, equivalent to 24-720mm on a 35mm camera
Movie Recording: Up to 1920 x 1080 pixels
Flash: Built-in, Hot Shoe
Power: 4 x AA Alkaline Batteries

or

S3200
Sugg. retail price: $249.99
3.0-inch Large LCD
Specifications
Image sensor: 1/2.3-inch CCD with primary color filter
Number of effective pixels: 14.0 million pixels
Lens: Fujinon 24x optical zoom lens
Focal Length: f = 4.3 - 103.2mm, equivalent to 24 - 576mm on a 35mm camera
Video Movie Capture 1280x720

or

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
Total Price: $399.99
Specifications
Type: 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
Focal Length: 4.3 (W) - 150.5mm (T) (35mm film equivalent: 24 (W) - 840mm (T))
Zoom: 35x Optical Zoom
LCD Monitor: 2.7-inch TFT Vari-angle LCD 230K dots, 100% coverage
Power: Rechargeable Battery NB-10L
Video Movie Capture 1920x1080

[bigger zoom, but 4mp less than HS20, smaller LCD but tilts]

or

Kodak EASYSHARE Z990
Total Price: $243.88
Video Movie Capture 1920x1080
Optical Zoom 30x (35 mm equivalent: 28-840 mm)
Megapixels 12.0
LCD Viewer 3 Inch

[same MPs and zoom at end as SX40, but not as wide; costs much less, no flash hot shoe]

For same price I'd rather buy the Z990 than the S3200 for its much bigger zoom;
The HS20 beats the Canon SX40 by price and more MPs.
Thus, it's between the Z990 and the HS20.

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS FujiFilm FinePix S3200 (FinePix S3250) Kodak EasyShare Z990 (EasyShare Max)
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