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Fujifilm FinePix HS20 review

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

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 help to quell any qualms

For

  • Manual controls
  • Multitude of movie-making options
  • Improved 360 degree panorama feature
  • Raw file recording
  • Battery life - 300 plus on 4 AAs

Against

  • Off kilter metering and exposure in Auto modes
  • Difficult to lock focus up close and at telephoto end
  • LCD not as flexible as would have liked
  • Limited effects selection
  • Issues with in-camera menu/display system

Fuji HS20 review: Overview

The new FinePix HS20 enters the super zoom market as a replacement for the once popular HS10.

Sporting a handful of similar attributes to the HS10, including manual and semi-manual shooting modes, the HS20 is aimed at those who desire a camera with heighted technology that can produce the same picture quality of a DSLR in a trimmed down body, all at a more affordable price tag.

With a recommended retail price of £399 however, the HS20 could cost consumers more than some entry-level DSLRs, but with a bumper selection of advanced specs on offer perhaps the new Fujifilm could make a more enticing buy for amateur enthusiasts not ready to up the ante to the DSLR platform.

In many respects avid camera-lovers may not notice a great deal of difference between the new HS20 and its predecessor at first; especially as both units boast the same: 30x zoom offering an impressive focal range of 24mm wide angle to 720mm telephoto, external aesthetics, free angle LCD, full 1080 HD movie recording mode, motion panorama and power source of AA batteries.

HS200 zoom extended

Dig a little deeper and we discover a roll-call of features that would make most its swoon: an improved pixel count of 16 million, extended dynamic range of up to 1600%, 27 scene modes, a Photobook Assist function, supports TTL flash, is SDXC compatible, offers film simulation effects and an improved 360 degree Motion Panorama mode, boasts the inclusion of a new EXR processing engine and delivers high speed continuous shooting providing full resolution images at 8 frames per second and 11 frames per second at 8MP.

Image stabilisation is provided in a three-fold-action plan that aims to reduce user confusion as well as camera shake. The manufacturer claims that firstly the EXR CMOS sensor moves during exposure to eradicate shake, and employs Pixel Fusion to increase sensitivity and boost shutter speeds. As a final measure the EXR Auto option promises to deliver Advanced Anti-blur technology that sees four shots taken in succession combined to deliver one shake-free image.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyFinePix S
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
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
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
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 Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
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