Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera

The FinePix HS30EXR is a superzoom camera from Fujifilm. It was initially said to be a subtle rework of an earlier model called FinePix HS30EXR, but on closer inspection it seems that there is more to its identity than that. The FinePix HS30EXR sports an impressive though slightly soft 30x zoom lens measuring 24-720mm and has an f-stop of f/2.85.6. In addition, it uses a 16-megapixel 1/2 inch CMOS sensor that has been styled similarly to that of a compact DSLR, and it has an electronic viewfinder that is very responsive and complements its LCD well.

Physically, the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR looks like a DSLR. It is also handled like one; the user has to turn the lens itself, a feature that is a departure from the power zoom system employed by many superzoom cameras. The FinePix HS30EXR also measures 3.8 x 5.1 x 4.9 inches height x width x depth, noticeably larger than other cameras and weighs around 1.5 pounds. Fujifilm used the extra size and heft in the camera to incorporate a number of physical controls as well as a manual zoom lens. On top of the camera are a mode dial, control wheel, EV compensation button, a Drive button, and the shutter release. On the rear panel are controls for ISO, Auto Exposure, Autofocus Mode, White Balance, Macro Shooting, Flash Control, Self Timer, and Movie recording. Hence, the overall button layout of the whole camera is excellent, giving the user a push-button control over settings that are much often used instead of putting everything down into the main menu.


As mentioned, the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR sports a zoom lens with a 35 mm equivalent focal range of 24-700 mm. The aperture is variable and starts at f/2.8 on the wide end and goes down to f/5.6 when zoomed at its maximum. It also has an optical stabilization system like most cameras nowadays that help generate a sharper handheld picture on a longer focal length. Another remarkable aspect of the FinePix HS30EXR is its electronic viewfinder, which seems to be one of the best among cameras today, specially considering that it is in a superzoom.

The display of the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is amazingly large and crisp at 0.26 inches in diagonal, and 920k dot resolution. On the back of the camera is a tilting 3-inch LCD with a dot resolution of 460k. Like the viewfinder, the display from the LCD is crisp but not so much compared to that of other zoom cameras like the Nikon P510. However, the hinge that supports its LCD is similar to that of Nikon in that the display can be tilted up and down but it doesn’t rotate.

As for the menu system, the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR seems to have everything where it should be. The menu offers the users a chance to manipulate settings that are not already representing the physical buttons as well as reprogram the Function button for easier access of a setting. In addition, the FinePix HS30EXR includes a number of film emulation modes that take inspiration from some of the popular Fuji emulsions, including Velvia, Fujifilm’s most popular slide film.

In terms of image quality, the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is able to capture 16 MP images at ISO 100-3200, and 8 MP and 4 MP images at ISO 6400-12800. For the most part, images are decent and vibrant but it’s advisable to use lower ISO when zooming in since the image quality degrades. Also, even though the device has built-in image stabilization, faster shutter speeds are needed in order to take blur-free shots at zoomed in settings. Overall, image quality is decent but the FinePix HS30EXR shouldn’t be expected to replace a full-blown DSLR. The EXR mode offers low noise or dynamic range capture when activated, which is remarkable on its own.

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 630.00

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