Fuji Finepix HS10 Review Summary
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
Fujifilm 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.
|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|
|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|
Fujifilm HS10 Facts
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|10 Megapixels Ultra Zoom||ISO 100-6400|
|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 with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|10 FPS Drive, 7 Images||Hot-Shoe|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Standard AA Battery|
|3" LCD 230K Pixels||Secure Digital High Capacity|
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