Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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HS10 - Pro shooting on a budget
Fujifilm Finepix HS10
Member Name: icetsunami
Fujifilm Finepix HS10
Advantages: Quality sensor, Adjustable screen, 30x zoom
Disadvantages: Slightly heavy
From personal experience and also anecdotal evidence the main choices seem to cover three basic areas:
1) Strong brand name
2) Megapixel value
3) Optical zoom
Let's quickly establish the common misunderstandings:
1) Buying an established brand is a guide only. Manufacturers generally make products for the whole market and may specialise in a particular area.
2) Megapixel values mean very little in real world terms. Picture quality is determined by the quality of the hardware and the optics.
3) Having a huge zoom is no indication of the final quality of the workable image. All you are getting is a close up of what the camera sees and if the quality isn't there, it's not there.
Wether you wish to simply point and shoot or want to access the professional settings of the camera you need to shop around. You are looking for quality and this usually comes with a heavy price but not always.
Searching through websites and technology magazines my wife came across this particular model - the Fujifilm Finepix HS10. Aside from consumer reviews my main tech bible of choice is T3 magazine which I subscribe to. The outright group winner was this camera and it retailed at a hefty, but still reasonable, £400. Of course we read the reviews of all the cameras completely but were impressed by wealth of options and impressive specification. As a tech mag T3 can be sometimes elitist and perhaps a little hard on some gadgets as they seem to have very high expectations. Even so this camera merited a 5 star review and so was deserving of a closer look.
Our previous camera was an Olympus 10Mp model which to be honest took a poor picture unless in bright conditions and even then they could be somewhat variable. This camera is again 10Mp but had a quality BSI-CMOS sensor capable of capturing resolutions up to 3648*2736. The optics are developed in house by Fuji to very high standards. Potentially a very good start then. There is a top sited flash which pops up when required or when selected and the camera is also able to accept a seperate flash unit via a dedicated slot.
To compliment the quality sensor is a large ranging optical zoom which can capture images at up to 30x magnification with a 'quoted' no loss of quality. Like I said a big zoom does not a camera make but this a substantial piece of well built kit and the quality is evident. The zoom can be be manually adjusted as you would on a DSLR and there is also a manual focus ring to hone the shot you are taking. At full extension the lens is quite long and very professional looking but this is reflected in the additional weight.
The list of specifications is huge and most people will probably want to opt for the simple default profiles, perhaps adjusting ISO levels and compensating for movement. Selecting the most simple 'auto' function allows the camera to do all the hard work for you leaving you to worrying about aiming straight and sharpening the focus if needed. It also detects up to ten faces in a shot to establish the best settings for group photos.
The LCD display on the rear is large and clear measuring 3" with a 230k pixel count. What makes it standout however, excuse the pun, is that it can be extended and tilted for shooting at difficult angles or from high/low positions. Should you wish to conserve battery power you can use the EVF view finder is is set to sleep and is activated by the proximity of your eye as you bring the camera towards your face. A very cool little trick.
There are obviously video functions on the camera which I guess most people don't normally use to limited memory or quality. Rest assured with the HS10 however as it is capable of capturing video at full HD levels of 1920*1080. There is a one touch quick record and you can use the zoom as normal throughout the shooting process.
A nice inclusion is a high quality panoramic function which allows the camera to continuously capture an image as you move the lens. This is great for long landscapes or more edgy shots and there is no need to line up the images as the work is all handled locally. Simply connect to your photo app to get great widescreen images.
The camera is powered by four AA batteries which should give around 350 shots depending on the type and the settings you are using. Connectivity is courtesy of both USB and HDMI so you can output your media to your HDTV. There is limited onboard storage at 45Mb which is all but useless but the camera accepts both SD and SDHC cards
In use I found the camera very easy to use though it is very tempting to mess with the zoom function which wastes time for simple shots. Point and shoot photography renders excellent results and the shots look very good even on the onboard LCD screen.
Personally I believe that to get the best from a camera you need to spend some time with it and take a few thousand shots to get a feel for the settings. I was very happy with the majority of the photos I took on this camera which were bright and sharp with natural looking colours. Some lowlight shoots were weaker but there were also some very good ones too so again it is case of working with what you have. Put a high capacity card in and shoot three times more pictures than you need to get a good average reference point.
I did notice on the first big shoot of around 350 photographs the results were excellent even though the camera was set on a medium quality level. Of course I would have set it to maximum had I realised but this indicates that the camera is very capable.
Worth noting is that with some online searching I managed to get this camera at just over £300 which is a large saving over the original retail price of £400. There are many deals which include bundled accessories such as cases or memory cards.
With the HS10 Fujifilm have created a camera which is as at home in the pub as it it is taking professional looking portraits and landscapes. The default settings render excellent quality pictures and if you dig that little bit deeper you will find a treasure of options more usually seen on DSLR cameras at a much higher price.
Previously I have used photos that were taken from a mobile phone and they have been at a quality well in excess of some dedicated compacts had ever previously managed. No amount of convergence however will make a smartphone a real usable alternative to a high quality camera such as this.
As always opinions are subjective but from the extensive research I have done using professional sources this camera is as good as it currently gets in this category. DSLR options on a point and shoot camera with an excellent focal range means the HS10 is an excellent choice perhaps the only choice.
Taken from here: http://fujifilm.co.uk
Number of effective pixels
10.3 million pixels
Internal memory (Approx. 45MB). SD memory card. SDHC memory card*2
Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2 *3), RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG. Movie: MPEG4(MOV, H.264/AVC, ISO standard) with stereo sound. Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound
Fujinon 30x optical zoom lens, F2.8 (Wide) - F5.6 (Telephoto)
Lens focal length
f=4.2 - 126.0mm, equivalent to 24 - 720mm on a 35mm camera
Auto focus (Area, Multi, Center, Tracking), Continuous AF, Manual focus (One-push AF mode included), AF assist illuminator available
Normal: Wide: Approx. 50cm / 1.6ft. to infinity Telephoto: Approx. 5.0m / 16.4ft. to infinity Macro: Wide: Approx. 10cm - 3.0m / 0.3ft. - 9.8ft. Telephoto: Approx. 2.0m - 5.0m / 6.5ft. - 16.4ft. Super Macro: Approx. 1cm - 1.0m / 0.4in. - 3.2ft.
(Auto mode) 1/4sec. to 1/4000sec. (All other modes) 4sec. to 1/4000sec.
Wide: F2.8 / F11.0, Telephoto: F5.6 / F11.0
Auto / Equivalent to ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity) Number of recorded pixels: ISO6400: "M" or "S" only
Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Automatic scene recognition Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom
3.0-inch, Approx. 230,000 dots, color LCD monitor, Approx. 97% coverage
Approx. 10sec. / 2sec. delay
HDMI (Type C) NTSC/PAL selectable
USB 2.0 High-speed
Lithium batteries (sold separately), Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (sold separately), 4x AA type alkaline batteries (included). DC Coupler CP-04 with AC power adapter AC-5VX (sold separately)
130.6 (W) x 90.7 (H) x 126.0 (D) mm / 5.1 (W) x 3.6 (H) x 5.0 (D) in. (excluding accessories and attachments)
Approx. 636g / 22.4oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
High Speed Movieļ¼^60/120/240/480/1000fps), SR AUTO (Scene Recognition Auto), Motion Panorama, Best Framing, Frame No. memory, Histograms, Zoom Bracketing, Best frame capture, Face Detection (with Auto red-eye removal), Pro Low-light, Motion Remover, Multi Motion Capture, Silent mode
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (Full HD) / 1,280 x 720 pixels (HD) / 640 x 480 pixels / 320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.) with stereo sound
Face Detection (with Red-eye removal), Crop, Resize, Image rotate, Slideshow, Multi-frame playback (with Micro Thumbnail), Sorting by date, Voice Memo, Image search, Histograms, Highlight warning, Movie trimming, Movie join
WAVE format, Monaural sound
Summary: Excellent camera
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