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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. Not quite an SLR but worth the money, 6 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (16MP EXR-CMOS Sensor, 30x Manual Optical Zoom) 3 inch Tiltable LCD Screen (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
I bought the HS30 after having had a Fuji Finepix s6500fd for approximately 6 years. The s6500 was a 6MP bridge camera and took very good photos. I was looking for something with a bigger range of settings as well as taking bigger Mega Pixel photos. When I first got the camera I was a bit disappointed in that there was quite a bit of noise in my initial shots, however no more than my old s6500fd (after doing a head to head) and I thought it was perhaps due to my lack of knowledge about the camera's settings. I then took the new camera to a family wedding and the camera really started showing its class. I took about 150 shots and the results were pretty impressive, even when taking zoomed shots from long range. It's also pretty fast at taking and processing the images (perhaps 2-3 times as fast as my old camera).

The only problem I have with it is that the lens barrel is slightly narrower than the s6500 meaning that in low light/indoor (no flash) it captures less light than the s6500 meaning that it needs a lower shutter speed to capture the same light as the s6500, this sometimes leads to blurred shots, and a conundrum where you have to increase the ISO sensor speed to get a decent low light/no-flash shot, but the noise in the photo then becomes more apparent. For me thats manageable since all I am doing is looking at my photos on a computer/tablet and publishing to websites/Facebook. For more professional uses this low light issue may be a show stopper, and going for a camera with a larger sensor might be a better option.

Overall I would say its a pretty decent camera for the price, if you're looking for something near-SLR like then the Finepix X-S1 is definitely a step up, but it is £200 more expensive and is much larger physically (which I wasn't willing to put up with as I want to be able to take my camera in a small bag on holiday).

Another tip is while its much cheaper to buy these cameras online through Amazon I would definitely check the camera out in person in a shop first as the use of a camera involves so many physical aspects that you just cannot make an informed decision by pictures on the web alone.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2012 14:44:04 BDT
The secret to these cameras (I have the HS10) is to set them up as if its your old 35mm Pentax or whatever. keep the ISO/ASA range around 100 or 200. One of the most useful modes on this camera is the '400Auto' In this mode the camera will not exceed 400ASa and mostly selects the range 100 to 200 ASa (best for sharpness and color saturation) On my HS10 I select the Chrome setting which gives good clear colorful images (better then standard) . I do have some photos taken using ordinary 400ASa 35mm color roll film - loads of noise on them too so its not just digital cameras that have the problem. A lot of people who buy cameras like this dont bother to set them up - and you wont get great results out of the box.go have a look at the images associated with the Fuji Hs10 on here, some are mine. PE

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 00:08:38 GMT
Hi, I have been looking at this camera HS30EXR for my son, he likes taking pictures at airshows, i don't know much about photography but wondered if you thought this model was suitable ???
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