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Yes, it has some downsides, but . . . .,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix HS10 Digital Camera - (10MP, 30x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch Tilting LCD (Electronics). . . the good far outweigh the bad.
I suppose it all comes down to what you want to use it for and what your criteria are. Mine are:
a) must be able to take good still photos of:
landscapes and outdoor scenes
rock concert scenes
b) I also want a camera that's got the facility for HD video (now we've got a grandchild)
c) needs to have a good manual zoom
d) isn't too heavy
e) reasonably priced
I could satisfy all the above apart the last two with a decent DSLR - and I've looked at these in the past - but DSLRs are nearly twice the price (and even more if you want a decent 30x zoom lens) and heavier (and heavier still if you have to have the sort of zoom that's integral to the HS10).
I've had my HS10 for around three weeks now, and I'm still getting to know my way around. I've tried most of the basics, and it seems, so far, pretty-well exemplary. I had a wren family nesting right outside my back door and set up the camera on a tripod in HD movie mode and got some terrific half-hour movies at the touch of a single button (and the stills from the movie were good too). I've tried it on full extension of the zoom for photos of birds, the early evening moon (even without a tripod, it produced brilliant results) and aircraft at my local gliding club. I've used the macro setting (much better than that of my previous Fuji S9500 zoom) to great effect. It's comparatively light (well under a kilo). And, as has been remarked, it takes standard AA batteries (and I haven't had a problem with battery life to date).
There are some downsides though and it's only fair to point them out:
The printed brief manual that comes with it is very brief indeed - it just tells you the basics. As well as being provided on disc, the full manual is available to download from Fuji in PDF format. In many ways this is better than a printed version as you can do a search on your computer for key words - and find things far faster than thumbing through a booklet (and you can, of course, print out relevant pages if you're going to be using the camera out and about).
The manual zoom doesn't glide smoothly, so is not entirely satisfactory for video work (though for many people the HD video will be a bonus, so this won't be a big factor).
Start up time is slow, and it can also be slow to change mode. This speed issue is something which seems to be endemic to Fuji cameras (this is my fifth Fuji digital camera, so I speak from experience) and really should have been addressed by now. I don't, as a rule, use raw mode but again, long write delays are unacceptable these days.
The default is for the image to show on the screen rather than through the viewfinder (VF). The camera is clever though, and if you place your eye close to the VF, the display switches to the VF. But that produces a delay. I prefer to use the VF for most work, though for video it can be useful to use the screen. I've not worked out yet if there's an override (let me know if there is!).
Despite these flaws, overall I'm very pleased. It's well built, solid, compact, and good to the touch, with a positive response from the controls. It's very reasonably priced for a camera with such good specs. So, if you're looking for a high-spec all-in-one bridge camera, this could well be the one for you.
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2010 21:42:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jul 2010 18:53:07 BDT
A. G. Slack says:
Not sure how fast a "start up" time you were expecting but about a second from switching on to taking a picture seems okay to me? It's LOADS faster than my old Finpix camera because that had an electronic zoom lens that had to be "fired up" before it would take a picture.
I like to use a viewfinder normally but to be honest the one on the HS10 is next to useless as it is SO small. Have noticed that in strong sunlight the sensor gets confused when a shadow is cast on it and switches from the LCD to the EVF. The LCD screen is excellent though and being able to tilt it to useful angles is great.
Posted on 2 Sep 2010 09:32:46 BDT
Roger Clarke says:
If no one has mentioned it already you can set the EVF/LCD auto switch on the third page of set up on the menu. Set to OFF the camera no longer switches between viewfinder and LCD screen automatically and you use the EVF/LCD button next to the viewfinder to activate which screen you want. Hope that helps.
I agree it is a remarkable camera as long as you accept that the HS10, and indeed any other bridge camera, is not capable of the the quality of a DSLR. But what you lose on quality you gain on not having to lug a suitcaseful of expensive lenses around with you.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2010 09:53:11 BDT
Chris Jones says:
Roger, thanks for that - that's a big help.
Posted on 13 Mar 2011 23:32:24 GMT
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Posted on 2 May 2011 17:10:16 BDT
James Stephenson says:
I have occasionally found that, wearing spectacles, if I try to look through the viewfinder the image does not switch from screen to viewfinder. Apart from that, I'm happy with it.
Posted on 31 May 2011 12:45:08 BDT
HELP! i find myself having to buy loads of batteries for this camera! can you tell m ethe best battery charger for this?
In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2011 13:02:10 BDT
Chris Jones says:
I don't know about the best battery charger, but the best AA batteries I've found are Sanyo Eneloop batteries - Sanyo Eneloop AA 20 Pack Batteries in 5 safe boxes - The new, improved eneloo... - they do come in smaller packs too. The great thing about Eneloops is that they come fully charged, and they stay charged for ages without loss of energy (Sanyo claim they retain 85% of their power after a year unused). There is a specific Sanyo Eneloop charger, but I've found that they charge just fine in my old overnight charger. I bought the 20 pack of Eneloops as I've now got the HS20 as well as the HS10 - and it's good to know that whatever happens, you've plenty of power in reserve.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2011 23:50:42 BDT
Mr. Paul Edwards says:
I use Lithium batteries on my Fuji cameras - they are just a little dearer then standard AAAs (£7.42 uk x 4) but last much much longer I only go though about 2 sets a year and I use my camera quit a lot. The HS10 is even better because the zoom is not powered (you could of course turn the auto focus off too!)
Just bare in mind that you MUST to go to the battery settings menu and select Lithium, Ni-Mh rechargeable , Alkaline whatever you use!
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