Fuji HS20 16.0 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

On January 5 2011, Fujifilm announced the new FinePix HS20 30x superzoom digital camera. Replacing the FinePix HS10, this latest addition target the photographers who want the specification and picture quality of an SLR without the heavy camera bag. It features a brand new EXR CMOS sensor that's a combination of Back Side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS and Fujifilm's unique EXR sensor technology. It also comes with high speed continuous shooting capability, improved user interface, versatile video functions, 30x zoom lens and a 16 Megapixels resolution.

The HS20 can shoot continuously at full resolution with speed of 8 frames per second. It can also shoot 11 frames per second at 8 Megapixels resolution. The HS20's contrast AF system takes no longer than 0.16 seconds to focus. The camera starts recording images from the moment you half-press the shutter release to focus. When you do take a picture, the HS20 also capture seven frames before or after you've taken the shot to make sure you get one perfect image. The FinePix HS20 offers video functionality using the H.264 (MOV) Full 1080p HD format and stereo sound at 1920 x 1080p 30 frames per second. The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 will be available in late March, priced at $499.95.
Most interesting is that the HS10 also offers 10 frames-per-second high speed continuous shooting at maximum resolution, full HD movie mode (1080i) with stereo sound, a Super High Speed Movie function to freeze the action, 3-inch tilting up or down LCD screen and an electronic viewfinder.

Fuji Finepix HS20 Sample Photos on Flickr



Fuji Finepix HS20 Camera Reviews Roundup


Digital Camera Info - Oct 13 2011
"At the earliest stages of amateur digital photography, one single specification, megapixel count, was used-for better or worse-to quickly convey the quality of a camera. The megapixel resolution of a digital sensor was seen as a holistic indicator of a given model's worth. Of course this is mostly untrue, there are many factors that indicate a camera's qual..." More »
Not Rated
Camera Labs - Oct 09 2011
"The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR is one of those cameras you can quickly decide whether you love or hate. It's a camera with real personality, not like any other super-zoom on the market. In terms of handling, the manually operated barrel zoom really defines this camera. If you like to be in control, and able to frame your shots rapidly this could be the super..." More »
82out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Sep 12 2011
"The FinePix HS20 is Fuji's latest entrant in the ultrazoom compact digital sweepstakes, and while the camera size, shape and feel mimic that of a DSLR and Fuji ad copy makes references to DSLR - like performance and image quality, potential buyers of this camera should understand that, first and foremost, this is a compact digital camera with a very large f..." More »
80out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Aug 23 2011
"I trekked to the beach hoping to capture a spectacular sunset and was rewarded with a heavy and slightly broken overcast - we're going through another summer with clouds on the beaches for much of the day. The HS20 acquired focus quickly in the somewhat dim conditions at wide angle, and predictably slowed a bit when zoomed to the telephoto end of the range,..." More »
Not Rated
Steve's Digicam - Jul 27 2011
"Looking at our outdoor sample images, you can see a good overall exposure, vivid colors and an overall sharp image. In the cannon shot, some of the white areas are overexposed, which happens often in this shot. There are also some minor instances of aberrations throughout the outdoor samples, along the sides of buildings and power lines. Framing and composi..." More »
Not Rated
CNET UK - Jul 14 2011
"Photo quality is roughly in line with what we would anticipate from a bridge camera. Strong points include deep, rich, naturalistic colours and high levels of detail, particularly in good, even light. There's minimal blur too, thanks to a pretty good image stabiliser. Close ups are great with a Super Macro mode allowing you to shoot right up to 1cm away fro..." More »
80out of 100
PhotoReview Australia - Jul 12 2011
"The first thing we noticed in our user tests was the improvement to the stabilisation system, which enabled us to shoot with relatively long focal length settings using shutter speeds between 1/45 and 1/100 second and have a high percentage of images with acceptable sharpness. Hand-holding the camera  at 1slower shutter speeds remained unviable, howeve..." More »
85out of 100
DPI - Jul 11 2011
"The Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR is a fixed lens camera that does a nice job at blending an 'SLR like' experience (but minus the weight and costs of a bunch of lenses involved if one was to buy into a SLR system) with the long zoom lens and small size benefits of a more compact camera. With a retail price of $499, the camera has an impressive feature set to go..." More »
Not Rated
Trusted Reviews - Jul 07 2011
"We were left feeling a bit underwhelmed by the overall image quality of the HS20. Certainly compared to the Fujifilm F550 that we recently tested, the HS20 seemed to come up a bit short. No doubt part of the problem is the perceived ability of the HS20 - with its DSLR-like styling and rich feature-set it's all too easy to assume it will produce images of DS..." More »
70out of 100
ePhotoZine - Jun 25 2011
"Noise results at ISO100 are excellent, with low noise and smooth images. At ISO200 results are very good with low noise. ISO400 results are good with low noise. At ISO800 noise becomes more noticeable, but noise becomes noticeable with some chroma noise (coloured splotches of noise) appearing. At ISO1600, noise increases and chroma noise (yellows) starts ap..." More »
80out of 100
digitalcameraHQ - May 23 2011
"Let's start with the regular old 16-megapixel mode, available in standard Auto, Program or any of the manual exposure modes. In bright conditions at the lower end of the ISO range, shots are detailed and well-exposed. Most photographers will be happy most of the time. Noise begins to creep in around the ISO 400 mark, though shots are still usable at medium..." More »
85out of 100
NeoCamera - May 20 2011
"This ultra-zoom provides an excellent feature set in an ergonomic design which emphasizes efficiency and quick access to photographic controls. Its unique mechanical 30X ultra-wide angle optical zoom lens, shared with its predecessor, is a pleasure to use. This lens combined with a EXR CMOS sensor capable of capturing 1600% dynamic-range images makes it the..." More »
75out of 100
TechRadar - May 17 2011
"Throughout our testing of the HS20; investigating all of its scene modes, effects and auto technology we found that on the whole the camera has a slight tendency to overexpose captures; diluting colour, texture and definition. However a shortcut exposure compensation button has been included on the top of the camera - in between the shooting dial and o..." More »
40out of 100
Pocket-lint - May 06 2011
"Images can be shot from ISO 100-3200 and there's an extra boost for "extended" ISO 6400-12,800 shots (at lower resolutions) as well. Despite all the technological wizardry behind the scenes, the final image quality may not quite live up to expectations. Let's not mistake the HS20 EXR for a DSLR as, quite clearly, it's not. But the lack of absolute..." More »
80out of 100
Photography BLOG - Apr 29 2011
"The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR builds on the success of the original HS10 predominantly by using a new 16 megapixel EXR sensor, which expands the ISO range up to 12,800, maintains a fast continuous shooting speed and slow-motion movies, and adds the useful EXR modes which improve your images in certain situations. It's not all good news, however, as the 16 m..." More »
80out of 100
infoSync - Apr 14 2011
"As quirky as the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR may be, it produced some of the best images we've seen from a Super Zoom in this class. The camera is stocked with a brand new 16-megapixel 1/2-inch BSI (Backside Illuminated) EXR Sensor, which is slightly larger than last year's 1/2.3-inch chip and packs significantly more megapixels than the HS10's 10-megapixel c..." More »
65out of 100
Pocket-lint - Mar 11 2011
"Using the HS20 is good, though the same issues we found with the HS10 still ring true. The fact that the manual focus ring is so far back towards the camera's body just really doesn't feel natural. Of course not everyone will use such a feature, but it does feel mis-placed. The zoom ring, on the other hand, is set much further forward and is effortless in t..." More »
Not Rated
What Digital Camera - Mar 09 2011
"The FinePix HS20 features the same 0.2in, 200k-dot Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with a 97% field of view. This was perhaps another sticking point with the HS10, and it's a shame that the HS20's body hasn't been able to accommodate a larger, more detailed option - but for such a change to be made would require an entire body shape/design adjustment, so could..." More »
Not Rated

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