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Fujifilm FinePix HS20 review

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

Fuji HS20 review: Our verdict

At £430 some may argue that the HS20 is a little over priced for the quality of images it produces, yet its wealth of high-end specs certainly do well to dilute any qualms.

Ideally Fujifilm wanted to create an easy-to-use super zoom camera, packed full of fun and creative features which ultimately produces a higher level of picture quality. What they have in fact achieved is a feature-filled super zoom that does produce stellar images when used manually, but may provide disappointing results for those shooters content with using auto commands.

We liked

In terms of incorporated features the HS20 easily impresses with its: movie-making options, RAW compatibility, battery life, AF tracking, image stabilisation and improved 360 panorama mode.

We disliked

Relatively speaking the HS20 failed to impress in terms of picture quality when shooting in scene or auto modes. However there are several ways users can eradicate these problems with a little manual investigation. 

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
Flash Memory Capacity20 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported4
Battery Built-inNo
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Height90.7 mm
Width130 mm
Depth126 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.20 mm to 126 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsWAV
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelHS20EXR
Product NameFinePix HS20EXR Bridge Camera
Product LineFinePix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC03780A
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

In pursuing for the ultimate image technology, Fujifilm has developed a unique collaboration, the EXR CMOS, optimizing the best of EXR and CMOS imagining technologies. See for yourself the dynamic resolution and its brilliant speed, opening a new door to another era in photography.

Battery Life350 Shot
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
Display Resolution460000 Pixel