The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a bridge camera that combines advanced photography technology with a solid design. This camera uses an advanced anti-blur system to help you get sharp images with low noise. The battery will last for up to 600 photos on one charge. The camera has super macro capabilities and shoots 360-degree panoramas. We love the FinePix for its superb photo quality and recommend it for any style of photography you enjoy. There is some extra learning involved with this camera because it has so many features and different settings, but these earn the HS30 our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
The HS30 has a lot going for it in terms of photo quality. The 16-megapixel CMOS senor works on three levels by providing high resolution, wide dynamic range and high sensitivity with low noise. Printed pictures up to 8 x10 inches will have lively colors and contrast with minimal noise. That is about the size limit you can print before the pictures begin to fall short of high definition. This camera is great for almost any shooting scenario you find yourself in, but it all depends on what you do with your pictures. If you are expecting DSLR quality, you will be disappointed with the results, but if you are looking to fill that niche just below professional-grade photography, you will love this camera.
This camera has a focal length of 24mm to 720 mm. This is average for many bridge cameras, but with the added Super Macro zoom, you can get up to 1cm away from subjects and capture clean images. The FinePix HS30 also has an ISO range of 100 to 12,800, which is one of the widest ranges we have seen among digital bridge cameras. A higher ISO can produce worse image quality, especially when used in conjunction with the 30x zoom, but adjusting other settings and using a tripod will help you in certain situations like shooting a starry sky.
You have the option to shoot full 1080p HD movies with the HS30. This high-zoom camera shoots at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and up to 30 frames per second. One thing we like about this mode is that you can zoom and focus even while shooting. Many digital cameras make you stop recording to refocus or zoom, but the HS30 does not.
One thing you will love about this camera is the panorama feature. All you have to do is sweep the camera from right to left, or even up and down, to shoot giant panoramas. And unlike many other cameras, this feature extends up to 360 degrees ??? and the camera will stitch the photos together for you. The HS30EXR also creates 3D images, which is a feature you won’t find on many bridge cameras. While this camera won’t shoot in 3D mode, it takes two exposures of the same scene, saves the images in the camera and creates a 3D image. A special guide on the LCD screen makes it easy to position exposures so that the 3D images look more authentic.
If you are in movie mode, you can freeze action at up to 320 frames per second. This gives you more freedom to create slow-action sequences of high-action shots. High-speed continuous shooting lets the camera work at eight frames per second in full 16-megapixel resolution; it just takes a while for the camera to save these images.
The HS30 also has face tracking and detection, and it even detects the faces of cats or dogs. Plus, with face detection coupled with pro focus mode, the camera takes two exposures and produces a sharp image of your subject while blurring out the background.
The HS30 from Fujifilm has the look and feel of a traditional DSLR camera, but it is lighter, at just 22 ounces. While you won’t be able to put it in your pocket, the HS30 won’t weigh down your shoulders if you carry it in a backpack. One problem with the design is that the speaker is located on the front of the device, making it hard to hear the audio during video playback. This isn’t a huge issue though, since most of your video viewing will probably happen on a computer or a TV.
The 3-inch LCD screen has high contrast and powerful colors. You can fold the screen out up to 90 degrees, but it doesn’t rotate. It has a wide viewing angle of 160 degrees, and if you use the viewfinder during shooting, you will get upwards of 600 shots on one battery charge. This bridge camera has 25MB of internal memory with the option to add even more with the memory-card slot.
Fujifilm offers you a couple ways to contact a representative ??? by email or phone ??? but there is also a large FAQs section. There are hundreds of questions, and we found answers to almost every question we could think of regarding this camera in the FAQs. You can also find compatibility charts and manuals on the website, along with drivers and software.
The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is one of the best high-zoom cameras. While the camera is more advanced than many bridge cameras, with the downloadable manuals, you can use the features on this camera no matter what level of photographer you are. This camera’s picture quality stands out above the rest of the competition, and with tools such as panorama and 3D image creation, you can do more with your pictures.
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