The FinePix HS30EXR is the latest in a long line of market-leading bridge cameras by Fujifilm. The HS30EXR has a new EXR-CMOS sensor, a crystal clear 920,000 dot electronic viewfinder, a massive 30x optical zoom, and a powerful lithium-ion battery to keep you going for up to 600 shots.
The 1/2-inch BSI (Back Side Illuminated) EXR-CMOS sensor combines an impressive 16 megapixels of high-resolution image quality with exceptionally responsive performance. Fujifilm's proprietary pixel and colour filter arrays enhance both vertical and horizontal resolution, the key to 3-way capture technology that ensures the best image quality for every scene. Dynamic range has been expanded to 1600%, achieving a new level of imaging performance. The BSI structure results in improved light reception for a significant boost in sensitivity, with available settings up to ISO 12800 for S size. An optimised signal read-out configuration significantly reduces in-sensor noise, achieving a further significant reduction in signal-to-noise ratio. The CMOS format also achieves higher readout speeds and faster image processing, enabling 8fps high-speed continuous shooting at full 16-megapixel resolution.
Featuring dual CPUs, an EXR Core, and a reconfigurable processor, the EXR Processor delivers outstanding power and speed, performance that comes into its own in Full 1080p HD Movies, High-Speed Continuous Shooting, super fast Auto Focus and Automatic Scene Recognition. Start-up is quicker, focusing is faster, and writing time after burst shooting has been significantly reduced.
Packing a punch way heavier than its size suggests, the Fujinon lens on the HS30EXR caters for all requirements, with a 24mm – 720mm zoom range. Incorporating 15 elements in 11 groups, including 3 aspherical and one ED lens, all elements in the high-quality Fujinon 30x zoom lens have been treated with Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) to reduce ghosting, flare, and purple fringe. This high-performance lens produces outstanding resolution with very little colour blurring or distortion, resulting in images with superb clarity and colour fidelity.
The bright, high-precision Fujinon lens boasts a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and an optical zoom range from wide-angle 24mm to 30x telephoto, while a remarkable 1cm Super Macro mode opens up creative opportunities right under your eyes. Producing exceptional resolution across the image plane, from the centre to the edges, this lens also delivers brilliant Fujinon optical quality across the entire zoom range.
Controlled by the convenient Function (Fn) button, the Intelligent Digital Zoom offers an astonishing 60x magnification power, the equivalent of a 1440mm* focal length. In addition to magnifying the image, the EXR sensor intelligently minimises noise in flat areas and sharpens and enhances contrast in edge areas and to create natural clarity and crispness even at super-telephoto magnification. The Intelligent Digital Zoom also functions in EXR AUTO mode, to guarantee you exceptional shots with minimal effort.
*Equivalent on 35mm camera
The wide-angle 24mm to 30x telephoto optical zoom range is controlled by twisting the lens barrel, giving you speedy, intuitive control over magnification power.
Engineered by Fujinon, the bright, incredibly sharp Electronic Viewfinder boasts enhanced resolution of 920,000 dots and an expanded viewing angle of 22 degrees. Perfect for tracking moving subjects in bright outdoor light, the viewfinder is equipped with an "Eye Sensor" that automatically switches the view from the LCD screen when you hold the camera up to your eye.
With the addition of Motion Detection, Intelligent Scene Recognition technology in EXR Auto mode automatically recognises and optimises white balance, focus, exposure and other settings for a total of 103 shooting patterns. In addition to recognising the shape and colour of scenes, the camera also calculates available light and determines whether a person is present, giving you exceptional photos in almost every conceivable situation.
In EXR AUTO mode, Advanced Anti Blur sets the camera up to get the sharpest possible shot. It uses Multi Frame technology to layer 4 consecutive frames shot at high speed into a single, sharp, blur-free image with remarkably low noise, even at telephoto zoom settings.
Set the Mode Dial to Panorama mode, hold the camera vertically or horizontally and slowly sweep it right or left, up or down. A yellow line displayed on the LCD guides you as you rotate. The EXR Processor stitches the resulting images into a seamless full 360° panorama.
Two exposures of the same scene, taken from different angles are saved in MPO file format (Multi-PictureFormat) to create convincing images that appear to have been shot in real 3D. An overlapping guide on the LCD screen makes it easy to position the exposures, so even a novice can create impressive 3D effects. Fujifilm's proprietary high-resolution 3D print system produces natural, beautiful 3D prints from images captured with the HS30EXR.
Sometimes it can take an age to set your camera up for the shot you know you want to take. To make it much easier the HS30EXR has selectable EXR-modes such as High Resolution (HR), for full detail in great conditions, Wide Dynamic Range (DR) for high contrast scenes, or High Sensitivity and Low Noise (SN) for those low light scenes. What's more, these modes are so much more than simply adjusting ISO and shutter speeds. For example, in the Wide Dynamic Range (DR) mode, the camera simultaneously captures both a high and low exposure image, combining the two into a single image with subtle shadow detail and clean, crisp highlights.
Simulate the distinctive look of Fujifilm colour films loved by professional photographers: the natural tones of PROVIA, the distinctive saturation and vibrant colours of Velvia, or the smooth tonality and skin tones of ASTIA. Black & White and Sepia modes can also be selected.
Thanks to the powerful EXR processor, the FinePix HS30EXR wakes in approximately 0.8 seconds.* In addition to quick start-up and faster focusing, waiting time after continuous shooting sequences has been reduced by as much as half compared to conventional models. That means the HS30EXR is ready to go back to work almost immediately.
*In QUICK mode
Capture the action at 8 fps in full 16-megapixel resolution. At 8-megapixels (M size), burst sequences can be shot at 11 fps. Each frame can be viewed as a single shot or the entire burst sequence can be viewed in a separate window.
Focusing in as little as 0.16 seconds,* High-speed Auto Focus ensures that every frame is sharp and clear, even when shooting burst sequences.
Face Detection couples with Tracking Auto Focus for new ways of capturing great people pictures and video, even when those people are on the move. Face Detection optimises focus and exposure to ensure bright, clear faces, while Tracking Auto Focus maintains sharp focus on moving subjects. The result is attractively exposed, well-focused photos and video.
With the ability to shoot Full HD video (1920 x 1080p; 30fps/H.264 High Profile) with impressive stereo sound, the FinePix HS30EXR doubles as a high-performance video camera. Improved continuous auto focus is enhanced by facial recognition, to ensure the people in your movies are in focus and properly exposed. The H.264 (MOV) file format combines high quality video with a small file size, for effortless editing on a PC. A built-in HDMI port makes it easy to show movies and photos on your widescreen HD ready TV.*
*HD cable required HD Movie + HDMI port
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