Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
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My Finepix HS20 Manual mode
20 November 2011
Summary: Now in my sixties and a full time carer,I don't get out that much and tend to spend a lot of time in my garden. I started to watch the wildlife,more and more,over the last year, and the more I watched them, the more I was fascinated by them. I thought If I get a nice camera, then I could capture some of their antics,and give myself a hobby at the same time.
Summary: I bought this remarkable camera after much research which conclusively proved that, in its class, it was top dog. There are now many on-line technical reviews from the PC and camera magazines (for example see [...]), and they all say much the same thing. This is a very highly specified bridge camera with many Digital SLR-type facilities and a huge non-interchangeable zoom lens - 24mm to 720mm in 35mm terms.
Summary: The HS20EXR is a very nice camera. It works really straight forward. As a point-and-shoot camera it delivers very nice pictures. As a digital SLR camera there are some compromises. The sensor of the HS20EXR is small, relative to its pixels. To achieve the best image quality, one should shoot at 8MP instead of the full 16MP (to avoid noise). The camera can store in RAW, notive however, that processing time increases.
Summary: First things first: BUY THIS CAMERA! I don't want to be a pro photographer. I can't be bothered learning all the manual settings on cameras...but I do want the best pictures possible without the work :-) I've owned many smaller point and shoot cameras and have had reasonable pictures. My brother in law has an SLR with a bag full of lenses which creates amazing pictures. This camera however is as good in my opinion. The zoom is incredible!
Summary: This is my first fuji bridge camera that i purchased!! And i must say it does take lovely photos.. You can take photos while filming camera!! How cool is that? And the EXR mode is handy for people like me who is just starting into photography!!
Summary: I previously owned a 9600 for five years. When I acquired the 9600 it was an absolute pleasure to use, it looked good, felt good, and performed well. However, after a couple of years or so I became aware of the HS10, and its subsequent replacement the HS20. Having reviewed the impressive spec and read rave reviews on the HS20 I decided to go for it. I sold my 9600s in order to purchase the HS20 – big mistake.
Pros: Lens range, menu system, panorama facility and screen.
Summary: Update: 7 Feb 2012: The recent snow has given me an ooprotunity to test the auto features in what can be more trying circumstances than normal. Superb result and correct exposure - even with some shots taken trough double glazed windows (too cold at minus 4C to go outside at one point). In mid-January I took a mixture of shots, including panoramas, at a stage show rehearsal.