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Fuji Finepix HS10 Review Summary

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringRuns on standard AA batteriesRuns on standard AA batteriesAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Fuji Finepix HS10 Assessment

It's all about the lens, really. 30X optical zoom going from ultra-wide to beyond super-telephoto with a mechanical link and stabilization. The Fuji Finepix HS10 presents the most versatile zoom ever and this lens performs really well. There is corner softness near the ultra-wide end but that's it for the lens.

This is a good choice for a relatively light-weight vacation camera with a full complement of manual controls and a large number of buttons to access them efficiently. Now there has to be a compromise somewhere and for this digital camera it comes down to speed and limited low light performance. Despite showing less image noise than average, softening of details is present at all ISO and gets even more pronounced at slow shutter-speeds. Shot-to-shot speeds are glacial and focusing speed do not keep up either, so this one is not made for action.

The remaining aspects of image quality hold up well in terms of color, white-balance and exposure. There is a problem with poor accuracy of the EVF and LCD but the camera generally exposes well, which gets annoying if you like to adjust things before taking the pictures, rather than seeing the results and then readjusting and taking another shot. Given the HS10's good exposure system, this is not needed very often though.

The ultimate in quality from an ultra-zoom still comes from the Fuji Finepix S200EXR and S100FS
Fuji Finepix S100FS
, both very good cameras with wide-angle mechanical zooms. It is the ultra-wide angle coverage of the HS10 which should sway people the most.

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PROS CONS
Mechanically-linked ultra wide to super telephoto Strong edge softness at ultra-wide end of zoom
Better than most image noise Smudging of fine details at all ISO settings
Consistent sharpness except near ultra-wide Poor LCD and EVF accuracy and coverage
Very low optical distortion Very prone to flare
Impervious to chromatic aberrations Shutter speed limit drops by 1 stop per ISO
Good color response Useless live-histogram
Accurate focus system Tiny low-resolution EVF
Short shutter-lag Sluggish shot-to-shot speed
Generally responsive Slow autofocus
Eye-sensor switching between EVF and LCD 4s delay starting movie recording
Responsive manual focus ring Waking up camera requires power cycling
Generally good ergonomics Changing ISO requires two hands
Plenty of direct controls Some very small buttons
Relatively compact for such an optical zoom Poorly placed tripod mount
Good build quality Finicky about batteries
GoodGood Good

Related Information

Sister Models
Fuji Finepix S9100 - 9 Megapixels, 10.7X Non-Stabilized optical zoom, ISO 1600 Max, Fixed dynamic range, 2" LCD, AA Batteries, No FS, CF instead of SD-HC
Fuji Finepix S6000fd - 6 Megapixels, 10.7X Non-Stabilized optical zoom, Fixed dynamic range, AA Batteries, No FS, No SD-HC
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Fuji HS10 Facts

Large digital camera
10 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 100-6400
30X Mechanically Linked Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Built-in EVF 200K PixelsCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
10 FPS Drive, 7 ImagesHot-Shoe
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingStandard AA
3" LCD 230K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
Internal Memory
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