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The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a new super-zoom digital compact camera. Looking and handling like a DSLR, the bridge-style Fujifilm HS30EXR boasts a 30x zoom lens which covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-720mm and features mechanical image stabilisation and twist-barrel manual zoom and focusing controls. Other highlights of the HS30 EXR include a 16 megapixel EXR Back Side Illuminated CMOS sensor, a 3-inch tilting 460k-dot LCD monitor, 920k-dot electronic viewfinder with eye-sensor for automatic switching, and full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound. In addition there's an ISO range of 100-12800, High Speed movie capture at 320 fps, continuous shooting at 8fps, 0.16 second auto-focusing, 600 shot battery life, a customisable Function button, full manual controls and support for the RAW file format. The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is available now for £439.99 / $499.95 in the UK / US respectively. In terms of its external design the new Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR looks almost identical to the HS20EXR model that it replaces.
Of all the many ultrazoom cameras in their crowded section of the market, Fujifilm's HS series stands out as one of the most compelling to enthusiasts. Like the HS20 before it, the HS30 is distinguished by a mechanical zoom ring surrounding the lens, plus a by-wire focus ring further up the barrel, making this fixed-lens camera feel less amateurish than the competition. Aware of their audience, Fujifilm added core improvements like a new sensor and the ability to shoot RAW, instead of extending the lens past 30x, which would've risked a drop in image quality. We like the strategy, and think it could result in a much better value than Fujifilm's overpriced X-S1. The HS30EXR, meanwhile, is priced consistently with the competition at $499.95, and comes only in black. Body design is inspired by, or—let’s face it—identical to the HS20. The chassis still feels cheap, and problems from the preceding model have been carried over. This seems to be a unit that was cheaply and easily manufactured, to help scrape up some extra revenue before a true update arrives next year.
The Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR is a 16 Megapixel super-zoom with a 30x stabilised optical range and a 3in flip-up LCD panel. Launched in January 2012, it replaces the HS20 EXR and while the lens range, screen size and sensor resolution are unchanged, there's a lot about the HS30 EXR that's new. Most notably, the HS30 EXR has an upgraded sensor with better low light performance and the screen is now brighter than before. The Electronic viewfinder has also been revamped and now provides a bigger 100 percent view at a massively improved 920k pixel resolution. Fujifilm was one of the few manufacturers to stick with AA batteries in the HS models, but has now followed Canon's lead and abandoned them in favour of a proprietary Lithium Ion power pack, resulting in a lighter body and greatly improved battery life. The slow startup time of its predecessor has been addressed and there are a slew of other minor improvements and additions including an electronic level gauge, 'Intelligent' digital zoom and a customisable function button on the rear. The best quality video mode remains 1080p30 but the HS30 EXR introduces a new Face tracking AF mode and now allows manual focussing during movie recording.
There was a time when high-end bridge cameras (Konica-Minolta A2, Panasonic FZ50, Samsung Pro815, Kodak P880, etc.) boasted designs and controls based heavily on SLRs, with loads of buttons and a manual zooming ring. But today, Fuji is the only manufacturer still making this kind of bridge with its HS and X-S models. The FinePix HS30 EXR is therefore a pretty advanced model, placed just behind the higher-end (and rather distinctive) X-S1 but above Fuji's large choice of enthusiast and beginner bridges. The HS30 EXR has the same basic body, build, design and control layout as the HS20 EXR. It's chunky, reassuringly robust, comfortable to handle, and has a flattering finish in spite of a few minor details—like the buttons on the back of the camera or the rubber plugs covering the connections ports. The HS30 EXR is a little on the heavy side. At 685 g, it's 100 g heavier than a Sony HX200V or a Canon SX40 HS, and a whole 150 g heavier than Panasonic's FZ150. Plus, it's not exactly compact. It feels particularly thick, but then that's what you get with a mechanical zoom—lens retraction is quite limited and the HS30 is almost as thick as an SLR with a 18-55 mm kit lens.
Fujifilm's 30x zoom HS-series camera hasn't changed much from generation to generation. It more or less just gets fine-tuned, and that's the case with the 2012 version, the FinePix HS30EXR. For example, this newest version gets a redesigned manual zoom for smoother movement and a larger, ultrahigh-resolution electronic viewfinder. It also gets rid of the AA batteries in favor of a lithium ion rechargeable giving it excellent battery life. (Check out the HS25EXR if you want AA batteries instead.) And despite having a 16-megapixel EXR CMOS sensor like last year's HX20EXR, the new model gets an improved sensor and processor for better performance and image quality. It's not a huge step forward by any means, but it is a better camera and continues to have one of the best designs for users who really like to take control of their results. On the other hand, just because it looks like a digital SLR does not mean you're getting an SLR. As with most compact cameras, photo quality really comes down to expectations and what you plan to do with your photos.
The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR ($499.95 direct) is a large superzoom with an impressive, albeit slightly soft, 30x zoom lens. The 16-megapixel camera is about the same size as a compact D-SLR, and is styled in the same manner, right down to a manual zoom control and focus ring. It's got a very nice electronic viewfinder, is responsive when shooting, and generally just feels like a well-built camera. Unfortunately, the images it produces at higher sensitivity settings are disappointing. If these photos were better, the HS30EXR would be a shoo-in for our Editors' Choice award, but as it stands, it can't oust the Nikon Coolpix P510 ($429.95, 4 stars) as our favorite full-size superzoom camera. Design and Features The HS30EXR not only looks like a D-SLR, it also handles like one. It's bigger than other cameras in its class, but uses the extra size to incorporate a good number of physical controls and a manual zoom lens. Measuring 3.8 by 5.1 by 4.9 inches (HWD), it's noticeably larger than the 3.2-by-4.9-by-3.7-inch Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 ($499.99, 3.5 stars). The Fuji weighs in at about 1.5 pounds, so it is a bit heavier than the 1.2-pound Panasonic as well.
What Digital Camera
Fujifilm's HS30EXR superzoom takes the concept of last year's HS20 and brings it up to date with some subtle, but important new features. Although the 16MP-sensor superzoom may have most of the same ingredients as its predecessor, does it have what it takes to correct for the HS20's shortcomings? The What Digital Camera Fujifilm Finepix HS30EXR review takes a look...A superzoom wouldn't be so called if it didn't have a significant zoom on offer. The HS30's 24-720mm f/2.8-5.6 (equivalent) lens has that more than covered. But not only can this optic make far-away subjects fill the frame, it's also go a 1cm-from-subject Super Macro mode when shooting at the widest-angle 24mm setting. Fujifilm Finepix HS30EXR review sample image - click for full size gallery A 3in, 460k-dot LCD screen is mounted on a tilt-angle bracket and is complemented by an electronic viewfinder (EVF). But here's the first big news: the EVF is both larger and higher resolution than its predecessor. An integral step in making the camera more user friendly. Behind the scenes and the Fuji HS30 utilises the same 16-megapixel, back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor with EXR processing and sensor-shift image stabilisation technology as found in the HS20 model.
If you were tempted by the five star-rated Fujifilm X-S1 and haven't yet indulged yourself, hang tight for the next 1,200 words. The Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR outguns the X-S1 in several respects, with a higher resolution and 30x zoom. Compare it with a regular 35mm film camera, and the glass in this device delivers the same effect as a 24-720mm lens. Not only would that be heavy and bulky on a regular dSLR, it would also be prohibitively expensive, but the HS30 EXR delivers it in a small, light body for around £380. The question is whether this makes it not only different, but better than its chunkier sibling. So what's it like to use? In a word, lovely. The controls move freely, with little resistance, but snap neatly into place so you don't sweep past the settings you want. There's a fine balance to be struck between dials so rigid they're uncomfortable, and so lacking resistance they're easy to knock unintentionally. On the HS30 EXR, Fujifilm has got it spot on. The FinePix HS30 EXR is very well built, with comfortable, well-balanced controls (click image to enlarge). Indeed, my only complaint in respect of its build is the siting of the focus ring, which sits behind the zoom control cuff, a little too close to the body for comfort.
Not content to merely flood the market with pocket cameras, Fujifilm has expanded their SKU-bombing strategy into the full-size superzoom segment. The HS30EXR is one of—count 'em—six brand-new, bridge-style cameras that Fujifilm plans to release in North America in 2012. Whereas last year's HS20EXR sat atop Fuji's superzoom lineup, the HS30EXR is the lesser of the two enthusiast-baiting bridge cams offering RAW capture. It falls beneath the premium X-S1 model, which we previewed last week. We spent some time with the HS30EXR on the showroom floor at CES 2012. Honestly, the HS30EXR hasn't changed much at all from its predecessor. But with the truly high-end X-S1 in the mix, its place in the market isn't as clear, so we decided to give it a fresh preview, mainly as a way to compare it to its bigger, more powerful cousin. It might help to open up the X-S1 preview in a separate tab, and read our first impressions side-by-side. The HS30EXR looks like a typical bridge camera—a small DSLR, basically. It has a big body coated in black rubber, a large lens, lots of buttons and dials for a serious appearance, and a large grip for handling. It’s almost identical to last year’s HS20EXR; the only immediately notable difference is a roomier footprint for the new, more powerful pop-up flash.
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