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Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic LZ30

Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 front
Portability
66
Imaging
40
Features
32
Overall
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Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic LZ30 Key Specs

Fujifilm HS35EXR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Boost to 12800)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 687g - 131 x 97 x 126mm
  • Released January 2013
  • Succeeded the Fujifilm HS30EXR
  • New Model is Fujifilm HS50 EXR
Panasonic LZ30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 552g - 124 x 84 x 92mm
  • Announced January 2013
  • Previous Model is Panasonic LZ20
  • New Model is Panasonic LZ40
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Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic LZ30 Overview

On this page, we are looking at the Fujifilm HS35EXR and Panasonic LZ30, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals FujiFilm and Panasonic. The resolution of the Fujifilm HS35EXR (16MP) and the LZ30 (16MP) is fairly well matched but the Fujifilm HS35EXR (1/2") and LZ30 (1/2.3") boast different sensor dimensions.

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The Fujifilm HS35EXR was manufactured within a month of the LZ30 so they are of a similar generation. Both cameras have the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before we go right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the Fujifilm HS35EXR grades versus the LZ30 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm HS35EXR over the Panasonic LZ30

 Fujifilm HS35EXR LZ30 
Manually focus More exact focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ30 over the Fujifilm HS35EXR

 LZ30 Fujifilm HS35EXR 

Common features in the Fujifilm HS35EXR and Panasonic LZ30

 Fujifilm HS35EXR LZ30 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013January 2013Similar generation
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Display resolution460k460kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic LZ30 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to travel with your camera regularly, you are going to need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Fujifilm HS35EXR enjoys exterior dimensions of 131mm x 97mm x 126mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 5.0") with a weight of 687 grams (1.51 lbs) whilst the Panasonic LZ30 has measurements of 124mm x 84mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 552 grams (1.22 lbs).

Examine the Fujifilm HS35EXR and Panasonic LZ30 in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you choose at the time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the Fujifilm HS35EXR versus the LZ30.

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic LZ30 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the Fujifilm HS35EXR and LZ30 is 59 and 66 respectively.

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic LZ30 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic LZ30 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its hard to visualize the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by reading through a spec sheet. The picture underneath may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the Fujifilm HS35EXR and LZ30.

Clearly, both of those cameras have the same resolution but different sensor dimensions. The Fujifilm HS35EXR uses the larger sensor which should make getting shallow DOF less difficult.

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic LZ30 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Fujifilm HS35EXR
Portrait photography with Panasonic LZ30
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has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
sensor is very small (1/2")
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megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Fujifilm HS35EXR
Street photography with Panasonic LZ30
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has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
sensor is very small (1/2")
heavier than others (687g)
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than competition in class (552 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR Sports photography highlights
Panasonic LZ30 Sports photography highlights
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long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
great battery (600 shots)
sensor is very small (1/2")
no phase detect AF
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great zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
includes tracking focus
great battery life (380 shots)
max fps very slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR Travel photography info
Panasonic LZ30 Travel photography info
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great battery (600 CIPA)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than others (687g)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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great battery life (380 CIPA)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
very long reach (875mm)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (552g)
does not offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR Landscape photography factors
Panasonic LZ30 Landscape photography factors
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has manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
saves RAW formats
great battery (600 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor is very small (1/2")
no Time Lapse function
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fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
great battery life (380 shots)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic LZ30 as a Vlogging camera
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rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
no external mic support
heavier than others (687 grams)
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fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic socket
heavier than competition in class (552g)
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Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic LZ30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm HS35EXR and Panasonic LZ30
 Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXRPanasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
General Information
Brand FujiFilm Panasonic
Model type Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-01-07 2013-01-07
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip EXR -
Sensor type EXRCMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.4 x 4.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 30.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 12800 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 25-875mm (35.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.6 f/3.0-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.6 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT color LCD monitor with Sunny Day mode TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 15 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 11.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.10 m (Wide: 30cm - 7.1m / Tele: 2.0m - 3.8m ) 4.40 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 687g (1.51 pounds) 552g (1.22 pounds)
Physical dimensions 131 x 97 x 126mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 5.0") 124 x 84 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 600 shots 380 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack AA
Battery ID NP-W126 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Auto release, Auto shutter (Dog, Cat)) Yes (2 0r 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $380 $230