Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR digital camera
3 February 2014
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 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 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
Excerpt: Fujifilm's award winning FinePix HS20EXR is an advanced, high quality SLR-like camera. It has been equipped with a new 16-megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor, a powerful 30x manual optical zoom (24mm-720mm equivalent), and a tilting 3.0 high contrast LCD. The electronic viewfinder features a "heads up" sensor that will switch automatically from the LCD to the EVF.
Excerpt: When you need to pull faraway objects closer without spending a fortune on a large telephoto lens for a digital SLR, yet still require crisp image quality, the super zoom or bridge camera is the right tool for the job.
Pros: Versatility of the zoom, Sharp telephoto results, manual controls
Cons: Bulky and chunky, No rechargeable battery, No match for DSLR