Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR
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Fuji's HS30EXR is a compelling choice among the ultrazooms that crowd the market, can it outshine its predecessor?
19 November 2012
Conclusion: Though the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a solid superzoom, we come away from this review a bit disappointed. When we heard the HS30 would stick with the same zoom ratio as its predecessor, we thought "perfect, they're going to work on image quality instead of just more and more zoom." Yet here we are again — one year later — talking about a camera we want to love, but don't. Despite a supposedly-new sensor, image quality remains less than remarkable.
Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR is a 16 Megapixel super-zoom with a 30x stabilised lens, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and a 3in flip-up screen.
It replaces the FinePix HS20 EXR which, on the surface, looks nearly identical and shares similar specifications, but there are a number of crucial differences.
First, there's a redesigned sensor offering improved low light performance.
Pros: Big, bright, high resolution EVF., LCD screen works well in bright light., Programmable Fn button., Face tracking AF for movies.
Cons: Manual Zoom not ideal for video., Big and heavy - similar to entry-level DSLR., Low light and stacking modes operate at half resolution.
Conclusion: No matter your consumer label, enthusiast, beginner or aspiring professional, you can’t go wrong with the Fujifilm Finepix HS30 EXR. It does everything you could need and more. It has an amazing focal range lens, good low light capabilities, a flip out screen, a DSLR likeness and great overall usability. And with a camera this useful, you can’t help but continue to use it. It’ll excel in almost all situations and there’s no need to fork out too many of the big dollars.
Summary: Buy this camera if : - You're looking for a super-zoom digicam with PASM shooting modes and support for raw file capture. - You want good video performance and would like to record both Full HD video clips and slow-motion movies. - You want good wide-angle coverage and effective image stabilisation for shooting both video and still pictures. - You would like a powerful and easy-to-use panorama setting.
Pros: You're looking for a super-zoom digicam with PASM shooting modes and support for raw file capture., You want good video performance and would like to record both Full HD video clips and slow-motion movies., You want good wide-angle coverage and effective image stabilisation for shooting both video and still pictures., You would like a powerful and easy-to-use panorama setting.
Cons: You want to be able to access the full range of shutter speed and aperture settings in the P, A and S shooting modes., You require full resolution images in the EXR modes., You want high burst capacity at high resolution (burst capacity is limited by image size/quality settings)., You require fast image file processing.