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Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.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 Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), 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 HS20 EXR Assessment

The key is versatility and a mechanical 30X ultra-wide angle optical zoom lens covering 24-720mm more precisely than any of its peers is just the start. A high-speed CMOS sensor capable of capturing 16 megapixels images at 8 FPS and recording full 1080p video pushes things further. The triple-mode EXR technology adds to this the ability to shoot low-noise images or up to 1600% the dynamic range of conventional sensors.

This may seem like the perfect all-in-one digital camera and it certainly gives a run for it. Image quality is noisier than ideal at full-resolution, but go down to a respectable 8 megapixels and the EXR sensor produces very good quality images, be it low light or high-contrast situations. There is a lot of complexity in making sure the HS20 EXR delivers its best results and so it is clearly not for everybody. There is little else to complain about for image quality, except the occasional cast left by automatic white-balance under artificial light.

In terms of performance, this digital camera does reasonably well, nothing much slower than average and nothing much faster either. As with all fixed-lens cameras, this one is not ideal for action photography either but it has fast continuous modes to improve the odds of capturing the right moment.

The ultimate in quality from an ultra-zoom still comes from the Fuji Finepix S200EXR and S100FS
Fujifilm Finepix S100FS
, both are great cameras with wide-angle mechanical zooms but lack the ultra-wide coverage, HD video and high-speed features of the HS20 EXR. There is no way to get everything and the final choice is about priorities.

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PROS CONS
Mechanical ultra wide to super telephoto lens Above average noise at full-resolution
Stellar dynamic range in EXR-DR mode Smudging of details at all ISO settings
Low image noise in EXR-SN mode Useless ISO 1600 and up at 16 MP
Consistent sharpness except near ultra-wide Strong edge softness at ultra-wide end of zoom
Very low optical distortion Below average autofocus speed
Impervious to chromatic aberrations Shutter speed limit drops by 1 stop per ISO
Good color response Useless live-histogram
Accurate focus system Not Exposure-Priority
Short shutter-lag Poor LCD and EVF accuracy and coverage
Generally responsive Tiny low-resolution EVF
Clever best-shot drive mode Complex feature interactions
Eye-sensor switching between EVF and LCD 1s 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 buttons are very small
Good build quality Poorly placed tripod mount
GoodGood Good

Related Information

Sister Models
Fujifilm Finepix HS10
Fujifilm Finepix HS10
- 10 Megapixels, 10 FPS, Non-EXR, 100%-400% DR, 230K Pixels LCD, No Digital Level
Fujifilm Finepix S100FS
Fujifilm Finepix S100FS
- 11 Megapixels, 14X Wide-angle optical zoom, Fixed dynamic range, 3 FPS, No Digital Level, 2.5" LCD 230K Pixels
Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR
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Fujifilm HS20 EXR Highlights


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 100-3200
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
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
1 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe
8 FPS Drive, 8 ImagesStandard AA Battery
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3" LCD 460K Pixels
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