Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR
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AdamT, DP Review
3 August 2013
Excerpt: Nothing is perfect , least of all these "tourist" superzooms with their compromised optics and even more compromised sensors , the lens range is getting bigger and bigger but in general most of these cams still have annoying lever zooms and awful ergonomics - Fuji have long been ones for manual zooms on consumer superzooms, the excellent S9500 started it and the HS series of today still have this pivotal feature, the HS30`s action is improved over the lumpy action of the...
Summary: I recently purchased the HS30EXR from Amazon and received it quickly as usual. On opening my camera I charged the batttery and placed a Class 10 SD card in the camera. I took some test shots in the EXR setting and quality was good. However, I noticed a problem when zooming. The zoom is very stiff and at about 105 - 135mm is bumpy or draggy.
Summary: Compre esta camara, porque necesitaba reemplazar mi Dimage A200. Buscaba una camara que me permitiera tener todo en uno... para fotos que no requirieran una gran calidad tecnica. Esta Finepix tiene muchas cosas que me gustan, y que no encontre en el resto de camaras de ese segmento, como por ejemplo el zoom manual, el cual es excelente y la posibilidad de grabar en formato raw.
Summary: I was in Patagonia for 3 weeks and bought the camera for this purpose. My first surprise was that the telephoto Was manual. I got use to this softer a while. My biggest complaint is the auto focus. It seemed to take forever to focus. Trying to take pictures in the jungle were very frustrating. The camera didn't seem to know what to focus on so it would take many seconds to get what I wanted. All the settings are nice but not necessary.
Summary: Viewfinder not very clear, very pixilated. Zoom ring is not smooth, quite stiff. Buttons on left side very handy and makes for easy changes. Quality of pictures very good for a low cost entry level camera.
Summary: It took great pictures right out of the box. Took great pictures while on vacation in Alaska. Performed beautifully. Once We got home and viewed the pictures on the camera, everything was fine. Then suddenly, about 2-1/2 weeks after I recieved the camera, it locked up and would not advance to the picture taking mode. It would only display on the LED screen to turn off the camera and try again. It also had a picture of a small camera in yellow with an exclamation mark.
Summary: Fuji did everything right with this camera except the images are way too noisy, even in the low noise EXR mode or at ISO 100 (lowest available ISO). I can get rid of the noise up to ISO 400 in either Lightroom 4 or Nik's Dfine 2.0 without noticeable degradation in picture quality, but it's an extra step in processing that would be better handled by a better sensor. Beyond ISO 400 the camera is essentially useless.
Summary: I first ordered this neat camera to upgrade from my great Finepix s100fs. Never get a second chance to make a first impression and my first impression was not what I expected. Camera is fine it has quality images, color, value but I was not comfortable with the feel of the camera. Long story short, I'm into my new Canon 60D with lenses for about $2K over the $400 I intended....oh yeah and lovin it.
Summary: This camera has many great features including multiple settings such as full manual, shutter-priority and aperture priority for those who want to have more control, and the ability to use an external flash (great for indoors when you need more than the on-camera flash can do). The extra-long zoom is also a big plus along with the small easy to handle size and light weight.