Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR is a 16 Megapixel Super-zoom with a 30x stabilised optical zoom and a 3 inch flip-up LCD screen. Announced in January 2011 it replaces the 10 Megapixel HS10 with a newly designed 16 Megapixel sensor sporting some cunning tricks to improve noise or dynamic range, a higher resolution 460k pixel screen, extended scene recognition, and new composite modes for shallow depth of field effects.
Pros: 24mm wide angle and manual zoom ring., Unique EXR modes reduce noise or boost DR., 1080p HD video., RAW shooting., Wide range of burst shooting modes.
Cons: Manual barrel zoom not ideal for movies., Sluggish autofocus., Relatively large and heavy., Poor High ISO quality at full 16MP resolution.
Summary: The key is versatility and a mechanical 30X ultra-wide angle optical zoom lens covering 24-720mm more precisely than any of its peers is just the start. A high-speed CMOS sensor capable of capturing 16 megapixels images at 8 FPS and recording full 1080p video pushes things further. The triple-mode EXR technology adds to this the ability to shoot low-noise images or up to 1600% the dynamic range of conventional sensors.
Pros: Mechanical ultra wide to super telephoto lens, Stellar dynamic range in EXR-DR mode, Low image noise in EXR-SN mode, 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, Clever best-shot drive mode, Eye-sensor switching between EVF and LCD, Responsive manual focus ring, Generally good ergonomics, Plenty of direct controls, Good...
Cons: Above average noise at full-resolution, Smudging of details at all ISO settings, Useless ISO 1600 and up at 16 MP, Strong edge softness at ultra-wide end of zoom, Below average autofocus speed, Shutter speed limit drops by 1 stop per ISO, Useless live-histogram, Not Exposure-Priority, Poor LCD and EVF accuracy and coverage, Tiny low-resolution EVF, Complex feature interactions, 1s delay starting movie recording, Waking up camera requires power cycling, Changing ISO re...
Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR is priced at a market operating price of Rs. 24,999. This is a bit steep for a camera which such attributes. While the camera has done well during our zoom test, there are other options out there which sell for a lower price point and offer similar specifications such as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HS100V. This is definitely not a bad camera and is better than the HS10 but the price is a bit high.
Summary: The FinePix HS20 is Fuji's latest entrant in the ultrazoom compact digital sweepstakes, and while the camera size, shape and feel mimic that of a DSLR and Fuji ad copy makes references to DSLR - like performance and image quality, potential buyers of this camera should understand that, first and foremost, this is a compact digital camera with a very large focal range.
Pros: Good still image quality, One touch video capture, Good shutter lag time, Generally good AF acquisition times, Manual zoom lens, RAW shooting option
Cons: DSLR-like size and weight, Manual focus ring small and a bit clumsy to use, Slow power up time, AF could be more precise with regard to focus point
Summary: Brand new releases come with top-end asking prices, yet the £380 for the HS20 is about right. The only thing that’s going to usurp it are older models, including Fuji’s own HS10 (around £225 at the time of writing), that have been on the market for a little longer and seen a steep price drop. Even Canon’s SX30 IS has stooped to a £350 online price. Although the HS20 doesn’t propel the superzoom market further forward, it’s still a mighty camera to behold.
Pros: 24-720mm lens with manual zoom, built in EVF presence, tilt-angle LCD, external flash compatible
Cons: Image quality not staggering, slow Raw processing, no design update over HS10, EVF’s low resolution
Conclusion: The Fuji Finepix HS20EXR is an ideal choice if you are looking for an advanced digital camera with plenty of zoom power. This camera is packed with features, takes high quality photos and handles in a similar way to a Digital SLR.
Pros: Twisting lens barrel, sharpness of shots, general handling, features, colours, macro shots
Cons: More detail showing in darker areas of photos
Summary: Despite the technology, the smaller sensor on the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 means it cannot match DSLRs or compact system cameras for image quality. However, for a bridge camera it offers impressive functionality and great-looking images. The manual zoom is a huge strength, but there are other areas that need some improvement for the HS20 to be considered ideal for creative users.