Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR
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RobinJoe, DP Review
2 February 2014
Excerpt: My primary interest is wildlife, and especially birds. So the long zoom is essential. Just remember this is a compact camera for a zoom this powerful, it uses a small sensor to accomplish this, so don't expect miracles. The high rating is for cameras in this class, not to compare it with $2,500 DSLRs with 18" long lenses. The EXR 1/2" sensor is what sets this camera apart from other mega zoom cameras in this price range.
Excerpt: This is my first Review ever of any Camera on this site or on any site. I read a lot all the Comments and discussion in this site and in others as well about the EXR Fuji Family, before I jumped in and bought this HS30-EXR Camera 04 months ago. I come from the CANON world since 10 years ago and I have no doubt whatsoever this is the best Camera I have had of all the ones (Canon - SX1-IS, SX20-IS and SD980-IS) I had before.
Summary: This camera has variaty of automatic settings. Manual mode is what I expected. The aparture, shutter speed and ISO can be chosen manually. The only negative is manual focusing. It doesn't feel like analog style focusing.
Summary: This is a bridge camera with a 30x Zoom (24-720mm) with great image stabilization. A great walk around camera for someone who doesn't want to carry a DSLR and several lenses. The EXR mode works well and enhances the capabilities of this camera by analyzing the scene, light value, subject, etc. and takes great pictures. The lens is a manual zoom which reduces battery drain, with the rechargeable battery, Fuji claims 600 shot per battery charge.
Summary: It is not a DSLR but it has great capabilities. I love that it shoots in RAW and I can also do HDR photos with it. I love Fuji film and I can choose to use the many different controls to vary my photos! I was surprised to learn that its CMOS is a bit larger than on the Cannon PowerShot SX40 HS. I like that I can manually control every aspect if I desire. Picture quality is fantastic. You may need to touch some things up.
Summary: This is second superzoom from Fuji that I have owned. HS30 has many great improvements that made the 720 enticing. Great for outdoor scenery and grandkids summer sports. Still does not have the low-light capability of an slr. This took great family portraits and outstanding scenery at a family reunion in Yellowstone NP.
Summary: I picked the HS30EXR because of it's manual zoom and ability to accept filters. It is a small and light camera. People with big hands may have some difficulty with the controls. The shot-to-shot lag is wanting, but can be overcome using burst/continuous mode. The macro mode is excellent. Can't say the same for maximum zoom. Even with vibration control set on, a tripod is recommended. The lens is not as sharp as that of the Panasonic Z150.
Summary: Good: Very good build. Better than the HS-20. New lithium ion battery is very good. I have yet to run it down in a day's shooting. Excellent color and sharpness (set size to medium for ISO 100 and DR to 400). Very low noise in daylight. Good low light. Excellent Electronic View Finder (EVF). Awesome 2x digital (60x total) zoom. Actually able to shoot 60x handheld due to great Image Stabilization (IS). Focus is faster and more accurate than the HS-20.
Summary: Purchased the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR for the extended zoom and RAW format option. I have been using Nikon SLR/DSLR for a long time. Overall I like the HS30 - wanted the RAW format option, zoom photos good and definitely close with the 720mm equivalent, macro photos good. Only drawback so far is the continuous shots rated at 5 FPS are slower to write to the card (using a 32 GB Class 10) than my Nikon DSLR.