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Fuji Finepix HS30 EXR Review 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 MeteringAccepts 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 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.

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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 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
Eye-Start sensor  
Very good ergonomics  
Plenty of direct controls  
Good build quality  
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 HS30 EXR
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By on 2012/06/20
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Fujifilm HS30 EXR Facts

Large digital camera
16 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 100-3200
30X Mechanically Linked Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.26" Built-in EVF 920K PixelsCustom white-balance
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
1 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe
8 FPS Drive, 8 ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3" LCD 460K PixelsInternal Memory
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