Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR a definite improvement
14 July 2012
Summary: Fujifilm's FinePix HS30EXR is a capable megazoom for those who like the controls of an SLR, but not the expense and weight of one.
Pros: The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR has a great design and feature set for those who like to do more than leave their camera in auto. It also has several shooting options to improve photo quality for difficult lighting.
Cons: Getting the best results from the HS30EXR can require a lot of effort and even then its photos might not be good enough for some.
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.
Excerpt: Fujifilm is currently the only company producing ultra-zoom cameras that take their operational cues from SLRs. While other ultra-zoom cameras use levers to zoom in and out, on the HS30EXR it's done by twisting the lens barrel. There's another lens ring for manual focus, and the camera is littered with single-function buttons for direct access to drive mode, ISO speed, exposure compensation, white balance, exposure mode, focus mode and focus area.
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.
Conclusion: What at first may appear nothing more than a subtle upgrade of the Fujifilm HS20 is a far superior bit of kit. The HS30EXR’s new viewfinder is best in class, the addition of a rechargeable Li-ion battery is very welcome, and small (but important) performance tweaks over its predecessor make all the difference. The camera’s well-designed, easy to use and, for the most part, responsive in use too.
Pros: Best-in-class viewfinder, manual zoom and focus rings, huge zoom range, well designed, a cut above the HS20EXR, close-focus abilities
Cons: Image quality lacks detail at crucial mid-high ISO settings, continuous autofocus has limited use, autofocus live preview ‘cuts out’ at longer focal lengths, overexposure issues