Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR Summary
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
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.
|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|
|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 HS20 EXR Highlights
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Ultra Zoom||ISO 100-3200|
|30X Mechanically Linked Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/4000-30s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.20" Built-in EVF 200K Pixels||Custom white-balance|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|8 FPS Drive, 8 Images||Standard AA Battery|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|3" LCD 460K Pixels|
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