Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Fujifilm S8500 and Fujifilm HS30EXR side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Fujifilm S8500 has external dimensions of and weighs 670 g (including batteries). Fujifilm HS30EXR has external dimensions of 131 x 97 x 126 mm (5.16 x 3.82 x 4.96″) and weighs 687 g (1.51 lb / 24.23 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Fujifilm S8500 and Fujifilm HS30EXR. Fujifilm S8500 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 8mm narrower, 10mm shorter and 10mm thinner than Fujifilm HS30EXR.
Here is the back view size comparison of Fujifilm S8500 and Fujifilm HS30EXR.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Fujifilm S8500 and Fujifilm HS30EXR.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Fujifilm S8500 is 17g lighter than the Fujifilm HS30EXR but we don't think this will make a significant difference.
Unfortunately neither Fujifilm FinePix S8500 nor Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top Bridge Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Fujifilm S8500 and Fujifilm HS30EXR's LCD screens has the same diagonal size of 3".
On the other hand, Fujifilm HS30EXR features a Tilting screen
where you can change the angle of the screen to make it easier to shoot from waist or over the head levels whereas the Fujifilm S8500 has a fixed type screen which provides less flexibility in shooting positions compared to HS30EXR.