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The world's first hybrid camera to feature a 30x optical zoom with a fast CMOS sensor enables high speed and continuous shooting. Full HD recording an...

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Review of "Fujifilm FinePix HS10"

published 12/08/2010 | jasonford
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Pro long zoom lens, uses rechargeable batteries, manual zoom and focus rings
Cons much dearer than the competition, picture quality not stupendous
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"Fuji HS10 is very good - but could be better"

If it had a larger, slightly higher resolution sensor of around 12+ MP I reckon that many people currently in the market for an entry-level DSLR would buy this Fuji Finepix HS10 instead - mainly due to its chunky feel, fantastic manually-operated 30x zoom lens (with manual focus) and use of four ordinary AA rechargeable batteries. However, in terms of pure image quality I don't think HS10 takes pictures on a par with those from another bridge camera I bought recently - the Panasonic DMC-FZ38, which is smaller, lighter, cost over a hundred quid less and was much easier to source.

But FZ38 only has an 18x 'power' zoom lens and uses an expensive Li-Ion battery.

This comparison aside though, HS10's brilliant lens combined with its ability to shoot RAW makes it very worthwhile having. The other thing you should know is that the Silkypix RAW Converter as bundled with HS10 is not a fully-functional version of the program. For example, the 'trim' feature is disabled and you can only save to JPEG as opposed to uncompressed TIF. Then again I believe that HS10 RAW files are supported by Serif's recently-launched PhotoPlus X4. So this might be a reasonably-priced alternative worth investigating.

On the video front HS10's 1280x720 efforts are pretty impressive, especially when you consider that long lens. But be aware that any videos you shoot will be hampered by rattling and clicking noises made by the automatics inside the camera. This is a well-documented issue with HS10. Although switching off the automatics via the menu system will ameliorate these noises somewhat, better positioning of the on-board mics would have done that better, while the provision of an external mic input would have banished the problem entirely. Take note please Mr Fuji.

Would I buy HS10 again?

Yes. Definitely - because of its wonderful zoom lens. If you need to get 'really' close from 'afar', right now there's nothing comparable for the same sort of money. HS10 could be a proper boon to serious wildlife photographers on a budget.

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  • kris214 published 23/02/2011
    Nice review but the HS10 records video in 1080p HD not 720 as you described. Its possible you might need to adjust your video quality settings to achieve the full HD quality :)
  • dynamicnurse published 12/08/2010
    Nice work, well written.
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Product Information : Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Manufacturer's product description

The world's first hybrid camera to feature a 30x optical zoom with a fast CMOS sensor enables high speed and continuous shooting. Full HD recording and easy playback are possible.

Product Details

Long Name: FinePix HS10

Product type: Digital Compact Camera, Digital camera - compact

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 10.3

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory Card

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 30x

Digital Zoom: 2x, 2 x

LCD Display Size: 3

Memory Type: Internal and external

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.0042

Manufacturer: Fujifilm

Product Description: Fujifilm FinePix HS10 - digital camera

Dimensions (WxDxH): 13.1 cm x 12.6 cm x 9.1 cm

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

Display: LCD display - 3"

Viewfinder: LCD monitor - 0.2" - colour, LCD monitor - colour

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Lens System: 30 x zoom lens - 4.2 - 126 mm - f/2.8-5.6

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Sensor Resolution: 10.3 Megapixel

Weight: 636 g

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Colour: Black

Exposure & White Balance

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV steps

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 4 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

White Balance Presets: Fine, incandescent, shade, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white)

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, chrome

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, night mode, text, fireworks, flower, sports mode, sunset, beach, night (tripod), natural light, snow, natural light & with flash, pro low light, portrait enhancer

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Exposure Metering Zones: 256

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, spot, average

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO 6400, ISO 3200, ISO auto

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 636 g

Height: 9.1 cm

Depth: 12.6 cm

Width: 13.1 cm

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Battery

Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

Battery Type: AA

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Carrying strap, lens cap, USB cable, audio / video cable

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6, Apple Mac OS X 10.3.9, MS Windows Vista

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, FinePix Viewer

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x HDMI output

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo

Display

Display Features: Sliding

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 3" LCD display

Viewfinder

Field Coverage: 97%

Viewfinder Resolution: 200,000 pixels

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.2"

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Type: LCD monitor

Additional Features

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, sharpness control, digital image rotation, PictBridge support, histogram display, digital image stabilization, AE lock, AF lock, in-camera red-eye removal, cropping an image, resizing an image, saturation control, Automatic Scene Recognition (SR Auto), instant zoom, highlight point display, contrast control, 1080p Full HD movie recording, face detection, Exif Print support, Motion Panorama, Motion Remover, Multi Motion Capture, Zoom Bracketing mode

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Continuous Shooting Speed: 3 frames per second, 5 frames per second, 10 frames per second

Lens System

Type: 30 x zoom lens - 4.2 - 126 mm - f/2.8-5.6

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 24 - 720mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Macro Focus Range: 1cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Storage: JPEG 3648 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 3648 x 2432 ¦ JPEG 3648 x 2056 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1728 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1360 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080

RAM Installed: 45 MB

Video Capture: H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 960 x 720 - 60 fps ¦ H.264 - 640 x 480 - 120 fps ¦ H.264 - 442 x 332 - 240 fps ¦ H.264 - 224 x 168 - 480 fps ¦ H.264 - 224 x 64 - 1000 fps

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Camera Flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 8 m

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

General

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Optical Zoom: 30 x

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Digital Zoom: 2 x

MPN: P10NC02670A, NC02670A, HS10, 16018645

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG

Digital Video Format: MPEG-4, H.264

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,300,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: BSI-CMOS

Sensor Resolution: 10.3 Megapixel

Enclosure Colour: Black

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