FujiFilm FinePix HS10 Full Review - Cameras For Photographers
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FujiFilm FinePix HS10 - Full Review

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Up until not long ago, Fuji's HS10 'x30' zoom was unmatched. Still, its zoom is nothing short of astounding and so are its other capabilities.
FujiFilm FinePix HS10 (photo: FujiFilm)
Important Note: the HS10 was replaced by the FujiFilm FinePix HS20EXR (compare ).

The HS10 will bring you closer to a DSLR than any other compact, bridge or DSLR-Like camera. Its zooming and manual focusing (when desired) are performed by turning the lens barrel, giving that true DSLR feel. Also, it provides designated control buttons for direct access of many parameters, making its settings quicker and easier.

With that kind of zoom power, starting at 24mm, it's one of the largest zoom ranges available on a fixed lens camera. It is outranked by Canon's x35 zoom PowerShot SX30, but at those levels, it's more of a who's is bigger kind of competition.

Both cameras offer an almost endless zoom to capture far away objects, extra wide angle lenses to capture wide scenes and also superb macro capabilities, allowing you to take the camera as near as you like to your subject.

Two of its strengths stand out as headline features. The first is its incredible x30 zoom and the second is its enhanced DSLR-Like handling. However, the list doesn't stop there. Far from it.

Its extra wide 24mm lens is as wide as you can get today on any non-DSLR camera. That means you can include a large group of people in your frame without having to step backwards, or pass the feeling of standing in that vast corn field into your photo.

The HS10's imaging sensor is designed to allow higher image quality in low light situations. It has a pixel count lower than the highest standard, meaning that each of its pixels is larger in size, thus capturing more light.

On top of that, it provides a fast burst mode of 10 frames per second, partial or full manual controls over exposure, the highest available video resolution (1080i or Full-HD if you like), a hot shoe allowing the connection of an external flash, RAW format and a flip LCD.

The image stabilizer on this camera works better than expected, providing relatively blur-free non-flash indoor shots, as long as there are no moving subjects in your frame.
Another small automatic treat feature is the panorama mode, creating smooth panoramas by simply sweeping the camera across the scene. However, it fails to handle included moving subjects and the resulting images are of rather low resolution, with their short side at a maximum of 720 or 1280 pixels.

No true review is complete without the negative sides. However, the list of weaknesses of the HS10 is extremely short when compared to its strengths list.

The downside of zooming with the lens itself is reflected by sharp changes when zooming during video capture. Also, its LCD screen has a surprisingly low resolution, especially when you consider the package in which it's included. Another issue to consider is that (unsurprisingly) the HS10 struggles to lock focus when fully zoomed in low light situations.

The Competition
Other Super zooms to consider are:
Canon's x35 zoom SX30 (compare ), Panasonic's FZ40 (compare ) and FZ100 (compare ) and Nikon's P100 (compare ).

Who is it not for?
If you're looking for a small, compact camera to fit in your pocket, the HS10 is not for you. If your budget is low, and you need a simple camera for everyday casual shooting, look elsewhere.

Who is it for?
If you want perhaps the best DSLR Like experience out of a non-DSLR camera, this should be your top option. If you are looking for a feature rich camera with high standards of image quality and low light support, the HS10 is there for you.

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