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4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased.., 9 May 2011
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This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR Digital Camera - (16MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3-inch LCD (Electronics)
I've had this camera a couple of weeks now and used it for portrait work, landscapes and down a tin mine. It's done virtually all Fuji promises, and is a remarkably versatile outfit in a very compact and lightweight package. The zoom is amazing, and the image stabilisation sensational - 30x/720mm hand held with crisp results. As with most modern cameras, it's over featured - dog and cat recognition?! but you don't have to use it all,and some of the features are superb. Yes, RAW buffering is slow, but I don't use it, if I wanted RAW, I'd use my Canon DSLR. Only experimented with the video so far, quality appears excellent, although there was a bit of hunting with the focus, I probably need to practice. So why not the full five stars? Firstly the AA battery power; I would far prefer a LiOn battery, the Uniross battery for my Canon just goes on, and on, and on. Much more convenient than the several sets of rechargeable batteries I use now; why can't we have the best of both worlds - a battery compartment that takes AA in an emergency, but also designed to take a single LiOn unit? Secondly, the CD based manual - why not a proper, conventional camera manual? After all, we are paying enough for the camera in the first place, so why skimp on the manual? Overall though, a very impressive camera I can recommend virtually without reservation.
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Initial post: 9 May 2011 18:44:16 BDT
S. Jaafar says:
Have you tried the EXR mode? what is it like? it seems non of the reviews commented on using such mode
Best wishes

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2011 16:53:50 BDT
Just read your question. I can answer it now as I've used it a few times now and it's good. Suddenly noticed new things like "greenery" mode coming up. It's a bit lazy I suppose, but handy in a hurry.

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 17:58:19 BDT
M. S. Gordon says:
Excellent to the point review. Couldn't agree more about a 4xAA sized LiOn battery replacement , iv'e had nothing but bad results from AAs despite the fact that the majority seeem to love them.
I may stail but an HS10 after all this though lol.

Posted on 11 Aug 2011 19:48:57 BDT
LJ says:
So few reviews mention the RAW processing. I'd have given you double-plus extra points if you'd discussed it a little more. Well OK then, maybe I'd have got my partner to hit the "helpful" button too. :P Thanks for a great review. I'm about to switch from the HS10 to the HS20 and was hoping RAW processing is at least faster... but I guess I'll find out soon. I just hope it isn't slower.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2011 19:55:35 BDT
mike20021969 says:
Have you not discovered Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable (AA) batteries?

Posted on 25 Oct 2011 11:47:01 BDT
S. Henley says:
Interested in your comment about using it down a tin mine. I do some underground photography, but disappointing results when using a camera's own flash. Did you use the hot shoe and a separate flash unit? Or some other method (e.g. long exposure and torchlight?). Just ordered an HS20 and want to get the best out of it. A big step up from the Fuji F100fd point-and-shoot that I've been using (but which also has given me some very good results generally - though not tried this one underground).

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2012 10:07:16 BDT
I use Energizer rechargeable batteries which I bought at Argos
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