Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR

Last Updated (18 June’12):
- Review & Sample Photos @ DCR

Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR is the successor of HS10 features a 16 Megapixels EXR-CMOS Digital camera with 30x (35mm equivalent: 24-720mm) optical zoom lens, full 1080p HD video recording capabilities, RAW capture, P/A/S/M shooting modes, ISO 100-12800, 7.6fps full-resolution continuous shooting, high speed video capture at up to 320fps, and 3.0 inch tilting rear LCD with 460,000 pixels. The camera measures (W x H x D) 130.6 x 90.7 x 126.0 mm / 5.1 x 3.6 x 5.0 in. and weighs 636g / 22.4oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card).

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Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR Reviews

DCR reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“a very capable super zoom with good still image quality, good shutter lag and auto focus acquisition times, competitive high ISO performance within its class and a host of other features designed to appeal to both novice and advanced shooter like. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.uk reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“A solid performer with tons of different modes to play with and an excellent wide-angle zoom lens, the Fujifilm Finepix HS20EXR is a highly flexible bridge camera with plenty to offer photography enthusiasts. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“Video quality was similar to the F550 EXR’s and significantly better than we recorded with the HS10. However, autofocusing slowed noticeably when the lens was zoomed right in on subjects. Exposure metering was generally good, as was audio quality and the high-speed modes produced similar results to the F550 EXR.”
Rating: N/A

PhotoReview.au reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“A solid performer with tons of different modes to play with and an excellent wide-angle zoom lens, the Fujifilm Finepix HS20EXR is a highly flexible bridge camera with plenty to offer photography enthusiasts. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“If all-in-one convenience tops your priorities then the HS20 certainly ticks a lot of boxes and is well worth a look. If, however, image quality is equally or more important then you might want to consider eschewing the 30x zoom and try out some entry-level DSLRs or perhaps even a rangefinder style compact system camera instead. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

Cameras.uk reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“Picture quality is impressive. It is a shame more detail is not shown in darker areas of scenes. Otherwise this camera would come very close to 10 out of 10 for picture quality. “
Rating: ★★★★½

NeoCamera reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“Overall, the Fuji Finepix HS20 EXR is most suitable for just about any static scene, close or far. The real key is to use the right EXR mode to get the best performance according to the lighting situation. HD video performance is rather good but count in using Center AF mode and starting a new clip when the subject distance changes. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“The camera’s body is well built with a good grip and lots of buttons and external controls, however some may find it a little large and unwieldy at times. The camera performs well and can be used to produce some impressive photos. Recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★½

TechRadar reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“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..”
Rating: ★★★★½

WDC reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“The lowest ISO 100-200 settings produce reasonable images, but the mosaic of JPEG processing artifacts, lack of smooth gradients and smeared edging will render more far-away subjects as lacking in detail and quality. From ISO 400-800 this becomes more pronounced, muting overall quality yet more.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PocketLint reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“There are only one or two other models that could put up a fight for the superzoom crown, and with that considered the HS20 does offer plenty of kick for the cash. That manual zoom is a (currently) unique feature that will no doubt entice in purchasers and it is things like this that still see the HS20 as a winner.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR is still a good camera, with a long list of stand-out features and a logical, well-thought-out interface, but ultimately the photos that it produces just aren’t as good as the model that it has replaced.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR and writes;
“If you crave nothing but the best in still image quality within the Super Zoom genre, and can deal with the cautions we have laid out here, then you’ll be fine with the Finepix HS20 EXR. “


Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR User Reviews

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“It’s no SLR but Rebel fans were surprised how good the pixs were. It did better than a good job. Would highly recommend it. Don’t need a course in photos 101 to use it. Excellent choice for the everyday person. You won’t be disappointed.” – By Gaspsr1517
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing Camera! Months of research and thrilled I chose this one
“The camera’s macro capability is one of the best I’ve seen, the EXR Auto mode makes this camera beginner friendly while offering an abundance of manual controls for the more experienced user, and the manual zoom seems to be smoother than most reviews lead me to believe.” – By Randy
Rating: ★★★★★

The HS20 is almost a DSLR
“1) pictures are vivid and sharp; 2) The manual zoom is a great feature; 3) taking macro pics is super easy (not so with the Canon SX10!!!); 4) zoom range is very good,.. 5) auto focusing is significantly more accurate than the Canon SX10IS.” – By Sandy
Rating: ★★★★☆

Fuji got it right with this one
“I was always able to take super high quality photos outside in natural light. I prefer the EXR High Resolution for outdoors. Photo quality indoors is mostly excellent but diminished indoors under dim lighting conditions as i got closer to full zoom.” – By Jesse W Stewart
Rating: ★★★★★

Best Super-Zoom out at this time
“It does almost everything an amateur could ask for to take great photos while on, “Once in a lifetime” vacations. It allows you to zoom out to get a good sharply focused, High Quality picture of wildlife, or landscape items, that sometimes do not want to come in close to you.” – By Steve
Rating: ★★★★★

Seems worth the price
“Zoom – outstanding! At wide-angle there is obvious pin-cushioning – but that is to be expected. This appears to return to a nice, square frame at the 35mm mark and above.” – By Skorp
Rating: ★★★★★

Fujifilm HS20 Digital Camera
“This is just one person’s experience with the Fujifilm HS20, and it has been a great experience. I should also add that, with the 2.8 focal capability, I took pictures in conditions that would have called for a flash with most cameras, and the pics were bright and clear …” – By Michael T. McCaffrey
Rating: ★★★★★

Best in class
“Color is outstanding, shooting options are rich, and image quality is considered the best for this class of camera. On this basis, I give the HS20 5 stars.” – By Objective
Rating: ★★★★★

Awfully GOOD bridge camera
“The photos I have shot are very good given the size of the sensor. Color reproduction is outstanding, low light performance is just OK, speed is good, feature set is very, very good, and size/weight is moderate(a little bigger than most but I am comfortable with it).” – By Robert Smaus
Rating: ★★★★★

Great superzoom camera, what the HS10 should have been
“The feature with the high speed series of shots has also improved from the HS10, with a maximum run of 32 shots from 3fps to 11fps. This is much better than the HS10, which only allowed for a short run of 6 shots.” – By DarthRad
Rating: ★★★★★

HS20EXR First Look
“The HS20EXR more than meets my desire for a relatively small travel or hiking camera that still has good reach and image quality. If I could, I’d give a rating of about 4.6 stars. I don’t love everything about the camera, but as a whole, it’s fun to use and a great photo-taking machine for the price.” – By beas62
Rating: ★★★★★

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Features

Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR Features

Fujifilm’s FinePix HS20EXR is a high quality, advanced function SLR-styled long-zoom camera built for the professional or enthusiast photographer, but also easy enough for even a first time user. Improving on the excellence of its predecessor, the FinePix HS10EXR, the FinePix HS20EXR features a new 16-megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor, a powerful FUJINON 30x manual optical zoom (24mm-720mm equivalent) lens, a tilting 3.0-inch high contrast LCD with a electronic viewfinder featuring a “heads up” sensor that automatically changes from LCD to EVF, and countless features serious photographers seek for versatility and performance.

With a new EXR-CMOS sensor powered by Fujifilm’s EXR processor engine, the possibilities for photo enthusiasts are endless with the FinePix HS20EXR. The camera delivers high speed continuous shooting at 8 fps at full resolution for 8 frames, high speed movies at 320fps, captures full panoramic photos with Motion Panorama 360° and full HD Movies at 1080p with an HDMI output connector and has the ability to shoot in RAW, JPEG or RAW & JPEG modes, and in full manual mode. The HS20EXR also has an optional remote release cable and is compatible with two automatic Fujifilm external flashes that meter “through the lens” for more functionality.

Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR Highlights

High Speed and Sensitivity
The newly-developed EXR Processor and EXR-CMOS sensor in the HS20EXR allow for pristine images to be taken in fast-shooting situations or in low-light environments. The combination of the two technologies creates a fast transfer circuit for quick process and reading of files for high speed shooting and Full HD movies, and the EXR-CMOS sensor itself, where the wiring layer and photo diodes are reversed, creates higher sensitivity for taking impressive images in low light conditions.

Intelligent Processor
With the improved intelligent processor, taking photos can’t get much easier. The GUI, with its new rich user interface that dramatically improves the appearance and searching functions of menus, might be one of the first things you notice, but the most notable benefits are speed and image quality. Additionally, the FinePix HS20EXR can now recognize an impressive 27 scenes. While shooting, the camera configures each scene and recognizes the perfect setting and automatically takes the best quality picture, with a single touch of a button.

EXR Technology
The EXR technology adds further versatility by modifying its behavior according to the lighting condition. Users can either let the EXR Auto mode choose the correct setting itself, or pick from three manually selected options:

* High Resolution Priority can be used when you’re after exceptional image quality.
* High ISO & Low Noise Priority can be used in low light conditions where the combination with the BSI sensor makes for superb results.
* Dynamic Range Priority takes two pictures and combines them to provide a range of up to 1600%.

With these unique sensor combinations, capturing great pictures has never been easier.

Capture Moving Subjects
The FinePix HS20EXR’s strong mix of sensor and processing technologies allows breathless action shots to be captured, and the continuous full resolution shooting at 3fps, 5fps, 8fps or 11fps at 8-megapixel resolution, will make sure the action is stopped in its tracks. The FinePix HS20EXR also eliminates the need to worry about slow auto focusing or shutter lag. The new solution’s contrast Auto Focus system takes approximately 0.16 seconds (minimum) to focus.

A 30x Zoom Lens
With a 30x zoom range covering focal lengths from a super-wide 24-720mm (35mm equivalent), the FinePix HS20EXR is ready for anything. Boasting high quality FUJINON optics, the manual zoom lens is now even easier to operate thanks to a reduction in the size of the flashgun. Zooming through the range can be done quickly and precisely to ensure perfect framing for every shot.

The FinePix HS20EXR also is equipped to fight blurring, a common problem when using longer focal lengths. Dual Image Stabilization combines a mechanically stabilized CMOS sensor with high ISO sensitivities for total anti-blur protection. Together these technologies reduce the blurring effect of both handshake and subject movement to provide sharp, clean and clear results even at the longest zoom settings or in challenging lighting conditions.

HD Movie Capture
The FinePix HS20EXR offers an impressive level of video functionality. With the ability to capture movies in true, full 1080p HD quality, the FinePix HS20EXR delivers high sensitivity with low noise for movies captured in low lighting. In addition, movie files (.MOV) are captured with H.264 high profile compression for smaller file sizes without sacrificing quality. With a mini-HDMI output connector, it is easy to connect and view images on your HDTV (HDMI cable not included).

High Speed Movies
Versatility is further increased thanks to the High Speed Movie options, which include capture at an incredible 320 fps. With features like this, even the fastest moving subjects can be captured and watched in slow motion.

One Touch Controls
The FinePix HS20EXR sports a full complement of sophisticated manual and semi-automatic shooting modes and photographic controls. The extensive external controls give the more advanced photographer direct access to virtually every control they will need for uninterrupted shooting, and the specially designed chassis includes dedicated command buttons for quick and easy key functions such as ISO, white balance, focus and metering. The large command dial, manual focus ring, twist and zoom lens barrel, bright, clear electronic viewfinder, high quality tilting LCD screen and deep hand grip ensures the camera handles well. AA batteries (ships with alkaline) provide excellent performance (up to 300 shots with Alkaline batteries) combined with the convenience of a universally available format when shooting for extended periods away from main power.

Additional Features
* RAW / RAW+JPEG shooting: The FinePix HS20 has the ability to shoot both a RAW and JPEG shot simultaneously. RAW is for ultimate quality shots via post processing, JPEG is for great quality with no need for further post-production work.
* Motion Panorama 360°: The sensor extends the sweep range to 360° (shots can also be taken vertically). Combined with high quality Fujifilm printing, sweeping and impressive scenes can be taken, showing fine detail, low noise and high resolution at 180°, 240° or full 360° panoramic ranges.
* Purple Fringing Reducer/Corner Resolution Enhancer: The EXR processor has the capability to spot and reduce purple color fringing, most common on dark subjects against light backgrounds. In addition, the EXR processor improves the resolution at the corners of an image for more uniform image sharpness.
* Super Intelligent Flash: The FinePix HS20EXR offers a flash control system which efficiently controls the level of flash for a given exposure to produce beautifully balanced flash illumination across the foreground and background. Super Intelligent Flash is most useful in macro photography where the contrast between subject and background can be especially challenging, but is also effective for night and backlit photography.
* Multi-Bracketing: The FinePix HS20EXR has 3 bracketing functions useful for high level photography: Film Simulation Bracketing (which automatically sets Film Simulation to PROVIA, Velvia and ASTIA for simultaneous capture of 3 frames), Dynamic Range Bracketing (which automatically sets dynamic range to 100%, 200% and 400% for simultaneous capture of 3 frames) and AE Bracketing (which automatically sets exposure range to even, under and over for simultaneous capture of 3 frames).
* Face Recognition: Users can register up to eight (8) faces, along with names, birthdays and categories, and the HS20EXR will prioritize focus and exposure right on the faces of those special people. Users can also use Image Search to view images of a registered person.
* Face Detection and Automatic Red-eye Removal: To provide perfectly exposed and focused portrait shots, the FinePix HS20EXR is fitted with Fujifilm’s latest Face Detection technology which is able to track up to 10 faces simultaneously, at almost any angle to the camera. The system instantly corrects red-eye and then saves both the original and the corrected image file automatically.
* PhotoBook Assist: Photo book Assist lets you select and organize images in your camera to create a digital photo book. You can download the photo books to your computer using MyFinePix Studio software that is included.


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6 Comments »

Comment by stelios
2011-01-25 06:08:45

If anybody can inform me about the lagging in Fuji finepix HS 10 please do by sending an e-mail (st.virvilis.md@hotmail.com )

Comment by Peter Hewlett Subscribed to comments via email
2011-04-14 18:39:21

Please descibe your problems with the HS10 in greater detail, and I may be able to help you.

I have a HS10 and have not experienced any difficulties whatsoever. It does everything I ask of it and more – great detail in the pics

 
 
Comment by Alexandr
2011-01-25 09:27:34

720p 60 fps option missing for now!..

 
Comment by SiddharthH Subscribed to comments via email
2011-09-25 08:20:56

Can u pliz give me a link to HS20 Raw full resolution sample image sites. I tried google could not find any satisfactory ones. Thanks in advance :)

 
Comment by Revel Subscribed to comments via email
2011-10-24 01:31:37

I’ve been facing a serious problem with my newly purchased HS20. IT HANGS!! Just after taking 2/3 shots, it’s hangs and the only solution is to take the batteries out and fix again. Initially, the problem occurred every 2/3 days. But the situation deteriorate dramatically. Every-time now. I bought the camera from Kuala Lumpur from a reputed market. Unfortunately, there is no service center in my country (Bangladesh). Can anybody give me a solution pls?

 
Comment by LouR
2012-11-18 18:02:03

I’m borrowing this model for a landscape pic. Does anyone kno if the lense is good enough to enlarge to size A0? Any advice welcomed.

 

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