Summary: It's all about the lens, really. 30X optical zoom going from ultra-wide to beyond super-telephoto with a mechanical link and stabilization. The Fuji Finepix HS10 presents the most versatile zoom ever and this lens performs really well.
Pros: Mechanically-linked ultra wide to super telephoto, Better than most image noise, Consistent sharpness except near ultra-wide, Very low optical distortion, Impervious to chromatic aberrations, Good color response, Accurate focus system, Short shutter-lag, Generally responsive, Eye-sensor switching...
Cons: Strong edge softness at ultra-wide end of zoom, Smudging of fine details at all ISO settings, Poor LCD and EVF accuracy and coverage, Very prone to flare, Shutter speed limit drops by 1 stop per ISO, Useless live-histogram, Tiny low-resolution EVF, Sluggish shot-to-shot speed, Slow autofocus, 4s ...
Excerpt: In an era of small digicams this is a monster. The size of a DSLR, it weighs a little under 750g and, mounted into the front of the body, is its big, big feature… a 30x zoom that stretches from a 35 SLR equivalent of an enjoyably wide 24mm starting point way, way out to 720mm!
Excerpt: The Fuji FinePix HS10 ($499) is an SLR-style super zoom camera with a whopping 30X lens, a back-illuminated, high speed CMOS sensor, large articulating LCD display, full manual controls, and Full HD video recording -- to name but a few features.
Summary: The new Fujifilm Finepix HS10 features one of the longest zoom lenses currently available on a point-and-shoot digital camera – a whopping 30x optic that goes from the 35mm equivalent of a 24mm true wide-angle to the equivalent of a 720mm super-telephoto.
Summary: The HS10 is extremely good value, especially when you consider the equivalent cost of an interchangeable-lens camera with such a focal length range. The lens or lenses alone would cost at least double the price.
Pros: Long zoom, Motion Panorama, free-angle LCD, HD video modes
Excerpt: The Good 30X lens with few artifacts. Good image quality up to ISO 1,600. 1080p video and HDMI out. Powerful, comfortable DSLR-like controls. Articulating display. Fast autofocus. Panorama mode. The Bad Sometimes imprecise autofocus. Pro Low-light mode not very effective.
Pros: 30X lens with few artifacts., Good image quality up to ISO 1,600., 1080p video and HDMI out., Powerful, comfortable DSLR-like controls., Articulating display., Fast autofocus., Panorama mode.
Cons: Sometimes imprecise autofocus., Pro Low-light mode not very effective., 1080p video bitrate could be higher; motion blur., Still an insistence on proprietary USB out., Odd choice of AA batteries for power.
Summary: The Fuji HS10 is in a unique position as it has the look, feel and operation of a DSLR camera; however, it still delivers the image quality of a compact camera. For most casual users, this will be a perfectly acceptable trade-off.
Excerpt: The Fuji Finepix HS10 has a multitude of features including a 30x wide angle lens. It also has a number of manual controls. At the time of the review this is the longest lens available on a compact digital camera.
Pros: Picture quality - twisting lens barrel for zooming - features - handling - movie mode