Fujifilm FinePix HS20 review

The FinePix HS20 super zoom gets a taste of our testing process

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Fuji HS20 review: Our sample images

Although the film simulations effects are a great boon for creative photographers – we found using these options in auto the resulting images lacked the contrast necessary to evoke the emotion intended.

Standard film simulation

Above: Standard film simulation mode

The HS20 provides a modest set of filter effects including: Soft, Vivid, B&W and Sepia. We found that using the Vivid setting really helped to inject vivacity when using auto modes; as the camera's tendency to overexposure robbed scenes of the natural rich colour and definition.


Above: Vivid film simulation mode

AF tracking

Although the Auto Focus hunts at volume, the results whilst tracking subjects was very impressive. These flowers were swaying erratically in the wind yet the HS20 reproduced the subject in clean and crisp definition.

Overexposed garden

Whilst the camera performed to expectation in manual commands, we discovered that scenes captured in auto modes were slightly overexposed; diluting colours and definition.



See full panorama

One of the HS20's best features is its improved 360 degree panorama mode that records the image as the photographer sweeps round in a circle; automatically stitching the result in camera.

focus problems

On the whole we found little to complain about in regards of focus, however on the odd occasion we discovered that although the HS20 claimed to have locked focus on subjects in Super Macro mode – the results proved otherwise.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyFinePix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom30x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesFace Detection, Manual White Balance, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)636 g
Image Sensor Size1/2" (6.40 mm x 4.80 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height90.7 mm
Width130 mm
Depth126 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.20 mm to 126 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelHS20EXR
Product NameFinePix HS20EXR Bridge Camera
Product LineFinePix
Exposure Control
  • Programmed AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC03780A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • FinePix HS20EXR Bridge Camera
  • 4 x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap Cord
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
  • Lens Hood