Fuji Finepix HS30 EXR Review Summary
Fuji Finepix HS30 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 EXR CMOS sensor capable of capturing 16 megapixels images at 8 FPS and recording 1080p HD videos 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 good and, while visibly improved from the HS20 EXR, the small sensor-size still shows at 16 MP. Go down to a respectable 8 megapixels and the EXR sensor produces very nice images, be it low light or high-contrast situations. A lot of complexity is involved in making sure the HS30 EXR delivers its best and so this digital camera is clearly not for everybody.
This camera delivers a relatively speedy performance compared to its peers. Shutter-lag is instant, shot-to-shot speeds are good and autofocus is quite fast. It remains responsive most of the time and provides a large number of external controls for efficiency. The ergonomics are good all around and the mechanical lens is truly a pleasure to use.
The ultimate in quality from an ultra-zoom still comes from the long-discontinued S100FS
Fujifilm Finepix S100FS followed by the higher-end Fujifilm X-S1
Fujifilm X-S1 which is extremely similar to the HS30 EXR only bigger, weather-sealed and with a 26X ultra-wide optical zoom instead of 30X.
|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 3200 and up|
|Consistent sharpness except near ultra-wide||Strong edge softness at ultra-wide end of zoom|
|Low optical distortion||1s Movie record delay|
|Impervious to chromatic aberrations||Shutter speed limit drops by 1 stop per ISO|
|Good color response||Useless live-histogram|
|Fast autofocus||Not Exposure-Priority|
|Virtually no shutter-lag||Complex feature interactions|
|Generally fast and responsive||Poorly placed tripod mount|
|Responsive manual focus ring||Waking up camera requires power cycling|
|Very good ergonomics|
|Plenty of direct controls|
|Good build quality|
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Fujifilm HS30 EXR Facts
|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|
|0.26" Built-in EVF 920K Pixels||Custom white-balance|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|8 FPS Drive, 8 Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|3" LCD 460K Pixels||Internal Memory|
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