Fuji Finepix HS10 vs Panasonic DMC FZ45 Comparison

Fuji Finepix HS10

Super Zoom / Bridge Camera

10 Megapixels    30x Zoom

Dimensions: 130.6 x 90.7 x 126mm    Weight: 636g

Good Points: Picture quality, twisting lens barrel for zooming, features, handling, movie mode

Bad Points: Shutter delay times could be quicker


Fuji Finepix HS10 Shutter Lag Rating slow Ease of Use par Camera Name Rating

Panasonic DMC FZ45

Super Zoom / Bridge Camera

Megapixels    x Zoom

Dimensions:    Weight: g

Good Points: Features, Handling, LCD Screen Quality, Picture Quality

Bad Points: Nothing obvious


Panasonic DMC FZ45 Shutter Lag Rating fast Ease of Use par Camera Name Rating

Introduction

The Fuji Finepix HS10 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ45 are two super zoom digital cameras. They are two of the more advanced models in this category and they are both capable of producing photo quality that other digital cameras in this category find hard to match.

As you will see from the table below both cameras offer plenty of zoom power. The Finepix HS10 has the edge in this area with a 30x zoom lens as opposed to the 24x on offer with the Lumix DMC FZ45.

Basic Specification

Fuji Finepix HS10

10 megapixels
30x Optical Zoom
3 inch LCD screen
Macro Focus: 1cm
Wide Angle Lens
High Definition Movies
Dimensions 130.6 x 90.7 x 126mm
Weight: 636g

Panasonic DMC FZ45

14 megapixels
24x Optical Zoom
3 inch LCD screen
Macro Focus: 1cm
Wide Angle Lens
High Definition Movies
Dimensions 120.3 x 79.8 x 91.9 mm
Weight: 498g

Features

As you would expect from cameras in this price bracket both models have a wide range of features. To start with they have manual exposure controls including shutter priority and aperture priority. They also have the ability to capture images in RAW. Image stabilisation is available too.

As well as 3 inch LCD screens they also have electronic viewfinders. Each camera can focus from 1cm away from the subject for close up work. Be aware though that if you do get in that close it is easy to block a lot of light out of the shot.

One difference comes in movie mode with the Finepix HS10 is able to capture footage at a higher resolution of 1080i as apposed to 720p. Both cameras can record sound in stereo.

One feature the Lumix DMC FZ45 has that the Finepix HS10 does not is it can take square pictures using a 1:1 aspect ratio. It also allows for a 60 second slowest shutter speed.

Design

Both cameras are based on Digital SLRs. The Fuji model has a larger lens unit, so this needs to be taken into account when carrying the camera around and the size of bag you may wish to buy to protect your camera. The large lens unit also has a significant impact on the weight of the camera. The Lumix DMC FZ45 is a lightweight at 498g compared to the weightier 636g of the Finepix HS10.

Power Supply

The vast majority of digital cameras run on lithium ion batteries. In fact it is becoming harder to find a digital camera that uses AA batteries. The Finepix HS is one of the few to do so. The Lumix DMC FZ45 is supplied with a lithium ion battery and charger.

Shutter Lag

There is little difference in the time it takes to turn on each digital camera and take the first shot, but there is quite a difference in shutter lag times once these cameras are up and running. The Lumix DMC FZ45 was the faster of two in my tests. A single shot timed 0.27 seconds as opposed to 0.45 seconds for the Finepix HS10. The difference in times is even more pronounced for shots taken when flash is used. The Lumix DMC FZ45 timed 0.45 seconds with the Finepix HS10 clocking 1.68 seconds. The Lumix DMC FZ45 was also faster for multiple shots.

Picture Quality

Looking through my test pictures there is not a great deal to choose between the two cameras when it comes to picture quality. I was very impressed by the quality of the macro and indoor shot without flash taken by the Finepix HS10. These are both comfortably above the normal standard I am used to seeing.

The Lumix DMC FZ45 may not possess the same stand out qualities, but it does offer very good all round picture quality.

Ease of Use

With so many features on offer neither camera is especially easy to use. There are fully automatic modes available if you find yourself getting lost in the controls.

When it comes to handling and ergonomics I feel the Finepix HS10 has the edge. There are two reasons for this. Personally I like the twisting lens barrel for zooming in and out. This is how a Digital SLR lens works and it is much easier to set the amount of zoom you wish to use than using the small buttons that you normally associate with a typical compact camera. It is always good to see a digital camera offering you something different.

The second reason for having a preference for the Finepix HS10 is the inclusion of extra buttons on the back of the camera. These run down the left hand side of the LCD screen. They give you fast access to setting ISO, metering, focus method, focus mode and white balance.

Verdict

There is not always a clear winner when you compare digital cameras. This is especially true at this end of the market where features are roughly similar and picture quality is comfortably above that offered by smaller compact models.

I find it very hard to choose between the Fuji Finepix HS10 and the Panasonic Lumix FZ45. They are two of the best cameras in this category. I feel the Finepix HS10 has a very slight edge in picture quality. I also like the handling of the lens, plus the fact you do get even more zoom power with this camera. Against that the Lumix DMC FZ45 does very little wrong and offers faster response times. The smaller and lighter body of the Lumix DMC FZ45 might just swing it for you. Whichever of these cameras you go for you will not be disappointed.

Product Shots

Front View
Fuji Finepix HS10
Fuji Finepix HS10 Front View


Panasonic DMC FZ45
Panasonic DMC FZ45 Front View

Back View
Fuji Finepix HS10
Fuji Finepix HS10 Back View


Panasonic DMC FZ45 Panasonic DMC FZ45 Back View Top View
Fuji Finepix HS10
Fuji Finepix HS10 Top View


Panasonic DMC FZ45
Panasonic DMC FZ45 Top View