Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Camera Review
Pros of Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR :
Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR comes with 30x manual zoom lens, great physical controls, tilting LCD, raw shooting, hi-rez EVF, and standard hot shoe.
Cons of Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR :
The camera is pretty big and is not pocket friendly. Its JPG images are little noisy when taken to the high ISO level. The startup is very slow and mic input is missing.
Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Price :
The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR comes with a price tag of around $499.95. Several online retailers are selling this gadget for $395 to $425.
The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR camera is a large super-zoom device that comes with 30x zoom lens. It is a 16 megapixel camera that looks much professional and serves high end desires of professional photographers or camera enthusiasts. The size of this camera is same like a compact D-SLR and its styling is much like the same with the integration of manual zoom control as well as focus ring. The camera has received an excellent electronic viewfinder, which is very responsive especially when the shooting is on. With some advanced features added to this camera, it can be said that Fujifilm has developed one more FinePix to this family line.
Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Quality :
Though the camera can serve those who are either par professional photographers or avid photographers satisfying their desires, the camera has several flaws that have to be noted. The images that this 16 MP camera generates at higher sensitivity settings are really disappointing. In simple words, the HS30EXR by no means has the capacity to expel the Nikon Coolpix P510 that comes for the same price range – around $429.95. Nikon Coolpix P510 is a full size super-zoom camera just like this new device.
Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Design and Features :
The Fujifilm HS30EXR has retained a D-SLR look and operates just like the one. It is bigger in size as compared to others in its class and deploys additional size for the incorporation of a good number of manual zoom lens and physical controls. The camera measures 3.8 inches in height, 5.1 inches in width and 4.9 inches in depth and is noticeably larger in size if compared with the 3.2 inches by 4.9 inches by 3.7 inches of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 that comes for a price tag of around $499.99.
The control layout is simply outstanding and you can see a mode dial, EV compensation button, control wheel, shutter, and drive button at the top of the camera. The rear panel of the camera sits controls that are useful for ISO, autofocus mode, auto exposure, white balance, self timer, flash control, macro shooting, and movie recording. A menu dial is provided all with push button controls to adjust the settings on camera. This will satisfy the photographers who are accustomed in using SLR camera.
The 30x zoom lens is the best part in this camera that offers amazing zooming ability which other normal cameras do not possess. 24-720 mm focal range can be witnessed from this camera with variable aperture starting at f 2.8 (wide end) and f5.6 (when zoomed). This gives you good experience and makes you feel like using an SLR camera where you have continue with manual settings. However, SLR cameras are not meant for those who have no knowledge about aperture and shutter speed settings.
This camera sports an optical stabilization system that enables the photographer to take sharper images at longer focal lengths. The image stabilization comes excellent. Just like most of the larger superzoom cameras, the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR comes packed with eye-level electronic viewfinder. The superzoom feature makes much of the work easy. Besides, there is a tilting rear 3 inches of LCD display that comes with 460k dot resolution. The display provides crisp clarity, but still it lacks behind if compared with the quality of 921k dot display added to the Nikon P510. Tilt the display up and down or rotate it to adjust as per visibility, the device offers all sorts of convenience to the users.
The system of this camera is almost similar to other Fuji cameras. You just have to push the menu button that displays a text-based interface from where you can adjust the settings.
Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Performance :
Around 3 seconds it takes to turn this device into snap a photo. This could disappoint many users as it runs slowly even for a big super-zoom. Basically, the camera takes this time to attribute the time it takes for engaging the power zoom lens. However, the 3 seconds of time would not be taken to in a camera with manual zoom lens. Once started the camera delivers real speed and grabs a burst of 6 shots at a time with only 0.17 second between each photo before slowing. Moreover, it records a shutter lag of 0.1-second. Comparative, the Panasonic FZ150 performs well as far as the start up is concerned and boots and shoots in just 2 seconds. We would say the camera brings little good amount of detail with good ISO level, but still not much improvements can be found here.
Video recording can be done at 1080p30 and that too in QuickTime format. Autofocus feature get activated when you turn the camera into recording mode. Lens zooming sound can be heard, but there is no option to connect an external mic. After comparison, all we could recommend is that if you seek for more robust super-zoom camera to get best video shooting quality then go for Panasonic FZ150.
A miniHDMI port is available for the connection to a HDTV. A standard miniUSB connector is also provided with this camera to connect to a computer. A standard hot shoe can also be found that enables the users to use an external flash when the pop-up flash of this camera is not sufficient to capture photos or videos. The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR supports SDXC, SDHC and SD memory cards.
The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR camera has retained very strong ergonomics with sharp EVF and manual zoom lens. However, there are several features which are missing and also which does not deliver expected quality. The performance of its lens at higher ISOs is simply disappointing. So this camera is not meant for the professional users, but common camera lovers can opt for it and satisfy themselves with its normal settings and picture quality. On the other hand, all the pleasures can be achievable through its manual zoom lens, physical controls and Raw support.
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