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Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR with 16MP and 42x Wide Angle Manual Optical Zoom (24-1000mm)

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  • 16mp 1/2-Inch exr-cmos ii sensor with primary colour filter, 42x wide angle manual optical zoom (24-1000mm)
  • 11 fps high speed shooting, lens shift image stabilization
  • 1080i 60fps hd movie out, hdmi (mini) port
  • 3.0-Inch vari-angle 920k-dot lcd shoots raw hot shoe evf exr auto
  • Motion panorama 360, pro focus, face recognition, bracketing, w-126 li-ion battery, sd/sdhc/sdxc
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  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.5 x 10.2 cm ; 807 g
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: HS50EXR
  • Date first available at Feb. 19 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,289 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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The Fuji FinePix HS50EXR Digital Camera features a manual zoom mechanism for high precision zooming over the huge 42x focal length range (24-1000mm). Boasting stunning autofocus speeds of just 0.05 seconds thanks to Phase Detection pixels on its 1/2-inch EXR CMOS II sensor, this all-in-one camera is a high-speed performer and will capture images with stunning crisp quality. For image review and monitoring, both a rear LCD monitor and an eye-level electronic viewfinder are available. The 3.0-inch 920k-dot LCD monitor features a vari-angle design that permits easier high and low-angle shooting and also facilitates easier self-portraiture. The electronic viewfinder also has a 920k-dot resolution and the eye-level viewing capabilities provide an additional point of contact between yourself and the camera for greater shooting stability.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dwarrowdelf on June 3 2013
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This is a really good camera. It comes with 2 year Canadian warranty. If you are looking for something better than just point & shoot but not wanting to invest into expensive SLR systems / lenses, this is the one. As far as I know this is the only camera that looks and feels as an SLR. Comparing to an actual SLR, this camera is really light and you could easily carry it for many hours at a time. I compared it to Nikon, Canon and Pentax models with similar features but this one stood out. For me it was the manual zoom lens that stood out above the competitors. Power zooms drain the battery quite a bit and can be rather noisy, (especially when recording videos the zoom noise can get recorded). The manual zoom on this camera is quite smooth even when recording videos. Being an owner of several film SLRs I wanted the flexibility of digital camera without investing into lenses again. This one has many features that SLR cameras have: Aperture as well as Speed priority, Automatic, Program, Fully manual exposure, & several more. Shoots RAW, JPEG files. But having said that this is not a professional camera, rather a bridge camera. Well designed, easy to operate. The swivelling LCD screen is a nice touch, excellent detail & contrast.
The viewfinder is a little awkward since it’s not rubberized which is especially noticeable if you wear glasses.
Also once you zoom in with 1000mm it has trouble focusing but this is easily solved if you select continuous tracking from the main menu, so not really a problem. Autofocus is pretty good. Shutter speed ranges from 30 seconds to 1/4000 which is pretty good. It does not have the Bulb feature so for very long exposures at night such as star trails (which could take several hours), this camera would not be able to do this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blue on Feb. 10 2015
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I mainly purchased this camera for the manual features like focusing and manual zoom, but as it turns out there is no focusing aid like typical SLR cameras. No split ring, cross hair or star pattern focusing aid. It relies on the matte screen only and in the end leaving the camera to auto focus was better.

It is true this camera can use F11 but only in manual mode. If I set the F stop and the ISO the camera won't allow me to set the shutter speed as well. I love the fact it has a viewfinder with adjustable diopters because in bright sunny environments the view screen can be hard to see.

The tripod mount is PLASTIC... according to Fujifilm it is so that is is easier to replace because in their opinion people tend to over screw and thus end up forcing the tripod screw through the camera internals. Having it plastic makes it break before it will damage the internals. And that is their exact reply when I was inquiring where to send it because I accidentally striped the outer threads on the first day with a crappy accessory I got from a 3rd party retailer. According to Fujifilm... if we break/strip the threads on the mount, it is NOT covered by our warranty and it will cost $50 plus the cost of shipping to have it replaced.

((Edited on March 18))
Battery life is quite amazing as long as we're not using the flash or shooting video. I charged the battery to full in January when I received it. Played with it every weekend through February (took three dozen shots each time), and now into March break. Only now does the battery signal that it is down to the last quarter and I've taken over 400 images since January and played with it on and off for a month and a half before the battery needed charging.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erock on Feb. 21 2014
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I've had this camera for a couple of months now and it is amazing. I still have my DSLR, but after my last summer camping trip I had it with having to replace lenses to try to catch wildlife. Most times by the time I changed the lens, the wildlife had either moved on or was not optimally placed for the lens I had. I could get great shots for slow moving wildlife, but trying to catch a good shot of running moose or sea birds was much harder. I also had it with having to carry along so much equipment (lenses).

Having said this, I was fully aware that the 50EXR sensor is smaller than my CMOS sensor, and that I could be compromising picture quality for convenience.

Now for my actual impressions:

- Picture quality: very good, and much better than most others hybrid cameras (I tried quite a few before purchasing, and this one beat them hands down). Of note, the 50EXR has a slightly bigger sensor than most other hybrids. I will note that when you use the fully automatic setting (EXR), the pictures come put a bit cool. This is easily fixable though by using more manual settings and not a big issue as it is easily fixable with any photo software.

- Zoom: The zoom is amazing. While it may not be the biggest on the market now, the apertures it allows are simply great, even at max zoom. The image stabilization is top notch as well. I have taken photos at 42x zoom while holding the camera with my hands and distortion is minimal and some time not perceivable. The fact that the zoom is manual is amazing, allow for much faster manipulation (and one less motor to break).

- Quality of build: The camera seems strongly built and I have not had any issues. I will say this.
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138 of 144 people found the following review helpful
Very Nice Camera for General Use, Wildlife and Birding March 15 2013
By DonD - Published on
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Review of Fujifilm HS50EXR

This review is based on my experience with the Fujifilm HS series cameras (HS10,20,30 and 50) and represents my opinion and not necessarily scientifically tested fact. One should visit the Fujifilm forum (use a search engine because Amazon will not allow me to list the URL) to develop a better understanding of all of the features. Just be sure to ignore all of the trolls.

The new Fujifilm HS50EXR is a very nice upgrade of the HS30EXR. I would give it 4 ½ stars if Amazon would allow. The best feature of this camera is the 42x (1000 mm eq.) F2.8-5.6 zoom lens. It is very sharp throughout its range. The next best feature is the very fast and accurate focusing. Fuji uses a new ½ inch sensor with phase detection pixels and contrast detection to quickly AND accurately focus the lens. All in all, a very nice wildlife, birding and general camera for a good price.

The Good:

- Whopping 42x (1000mm eq.) F2.8-5.6 zoom lens. Edge sharpness is good and purple fringing is all but eliminated by the EBC lens coating and the software.
- Fast and accurate automatic focusing within the optical zoom range. Focusing accuracy is average to poor while in digital zoom.
- Lens shift optical image stabilization is excellent and allows you to hand hold to 84x(42x optical, 42x digital).
- The new processing system is much, much faster than the HS30EXR. Frame freeze is eliminated (so far).
- Image quality is good and comparable to the HS30EXR but is still limited by the ½ inch sensor.
- Space for your fingers above the lens has been provided to manually focus the camera.
- The macro mode is outstanding and allows you to focus as close as one centimeter. Produces amazing insect photos.
- Fuji's color has always been outstanding and is so with this camera.
- The EVF (Electronic View Finder) is very usable with 920 K dots and is my preferred method.
- Excellent 920,000 dot articulated LCD display.
- Very useful "Q" button that gathers all of your most changed settings in one place.
- Three way switch on the side of the camera that allows you to change from Continuous, Single and Manual focus is very useful.

The Average:

- Manual focus is better, especially using focus peak highlight to strengthen high contrast outlines but I still yearn for my split screen as on my Nikkormat and no focus hunting.
- I find that I only use EXR mode when the conditions are poor. In looking at my photos, I find I have good photos of poor conditions and usually do not use them.
- Focusing accuracy is average to poor while in digital zoom.
- The menu system needs to be better organized with like settings grouped together.
- The manual needs to be expanded and organized, with actual explanations of the myriad of features and a usable index. It is not enough to just list the feature.
- You should not have to go through menus to access RAW file mode. It should be one touch as on the earlier HS cameras.
-As a Photoshop user, I find the SilkyPix included program to be very un-intuitive and almost useless.

The Poor:

- The battery door is an accident waiting to happen. It is poorly constructed of cheap, flimsy plastic, is difficult to open, and sure to break. What happened to the old HS battery door that was well constructed with a steel back?
- This year's lens cap is also a disaster. In the name of style, Fuji has eliminated any chance of gripping the cap and releasing it from the lens. Maybe I can buy last years model that was designed with function over form.

*** Addendum 4-13-2013 *** I purchased the HS30EXR lens cap from Fujifilm USA to replace the crappy one on the HS50EXR. Problem solved. Cost was $6.50 plus S & H.
68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
This is a real "bridge" camera. July 13 2013
By Jan Wieck - Published on
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Except for changing lenses, this camera allows to do everything, you normally need a DSLR for. One can go from the complete "auto" modes, that are very much like high-end point'n'shoot, to complete "manual". And when I say "manual", I mean it. There are no zoom buttons, the zoom is manual. When in manual focus mode, there is a focus "ring" to turn - no buttons. It has all the modes - shutter-priority, aperture-priority and full manual control over both. Interestingly, the half-auto modes only support f/8. You have to go full manual to use f/11. I don't mind that, but someone preferring the half-auto (priority) modes might care.

The manual zoom is a blessing! You control the speed, at any rate you want, and it never drains the battery. The lens has another feature that is rather unusual for bridge cameras. A standard 58mm threading for filter lenses. No ugly adapter ring needed. Not that digital cameras need many of them, but a circular polarizer is always good to have in your camera bag. Other than that, the lens is outstanding. For a 42x optical zoom, sporting an aperture of f/2.8 at a 24mm equivalent is excellent.

Since this is NOT a DSLR, the viewfinder is of course electronic. However, Fuji packed the same 920K-dot resolution, you find on the 3'' rear screen, into the EVF. The EVF is a 1:1 copy of the LCD screen. There is a button that lets you switch between LCD, EVF and an auto-mode, where a sensor next to the EVF switches back and forth as you hold the camera to your eye or move it away. The LCD screen can be folded backwards for protection. I prefer looking through the viewfinder ... but I'm an old f*rt, as you can probably tell by now.

Speaking of buttons, They are right where I think they should be. Not too many and none missing. I especially like the dedicated "focus mode" switch on the left side. One can easily select between manual focus and two different auto-focus modes. A button in the center of that switch activates a digital zoom for fine tuning the manual focus. Or if pressed long, toggles between different modes of manual focus assist, there black and white pixels highlight high contrast areas in the picture.

Other buttons, that are easily available "blind" (in other words while looking through the EVF), are the EV and burst-mode buttons. The EV button has different functions in different modes. In programmed auto mode, it just enables control of the Exposure Value via a dial, easily used with the right thumb. But when shooting in the semi-auto modes (shutter or aperture priority) it toggles between the EV and the selected shutter speed or aperture value, again controlled with that thumb dial. And in full manual mode, it toggles between shutter and aperture. In that mode, you will see a kind of exposure meter displayed, where the EV setting used to be ... very useful.

The sensor in this camera is rather average for this class. It is a CMOS sensor, so not surprisingly Fuji has packed 1080p 60fps video recording and even up to 480fps slow motion recording (with lower resolution depending on speed) into it. Being able to attach an external mic is a plus, and again above average for bridge cameras.

A nice side effect of using a CMOS sensor are the burst modes. And the HS50 has plenty of those. Not only can you shoot 11fps at full resolution (assuming your memory chip can keep ... which it can't ... even a Class-10 SDXC will bog down to 3fps very soon). 3fps continuous at 16 megapixels still isn't bad. But there is a very interesting "best shot" mode. The moment you half-press the shutter release, the camera starts taking pictures at the selected frame rate (3/6/11/16fps). They all go into internal memory, none of them go onto SD. The moment you press the button all the way, it stores the last 3, this one, and the next 4. I definitely need to play more with this feature, because I did miss many shots in the past by not being fast enough on the trigger.

So after all this praise, there are a few little things, Fuji should have done different.

Making the USB connector not only an exotic type, but switching the wires around just to push sales on the remotes? That should be below Fuji's standards. I guess some marketing drone won that discussion. And like everyone else has complained, the battery door does feel flimsy to me too.

I think this is an excellent "bridge" camera. Maybe even more than that ... an alternative to a DSLR.

I love it!
194 of 207 people found the following review helpful
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR March 20 2013
By Michael T. McCaffrey - Published on
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16 MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) I just received my Fujifilm HS-50. I had ordered a new charger and some spare batteries that arrived sooner today, so I had a chance to charge up before the delivery of the HS-50 and was ready to go on a few tests the minute I took it out of the box. THIS IS A GOOD CAMERA! I am more than pleased with the test shots: clear, well focused, the zoom is great. This should be a great camera for anyone wanting to not have to change lenses with changing requirements. Having had all the HS series cameras prior to this one, I can say this is a worthy update (zoom). I have always had great success with shots pleasing to me, particularly with the HS-30, and have no doubts whatsoever that the HS-50 will be perfect for MY needs/desires. NOW: I might have stated this with my review of the HS-30 previously, BUT: this is a camera with a 1/2 inch sensor. The pros out there will want more (I just sold off a DSLR with an APS-C sensor, 24mp, and all sorts of lenses due to NOT wanting to change lenses every time a great photo op came into being ... photo ops don't want to wait for lens changes ... and, let's face it, changing lenses (and risking getting dust on the sensor every time one lens is changed for another ... been there) is an absolute pain in the posterior!). The HS-50, right out of the box, has a great solid feeling to it, a camera of substance. Compared to DSLRs I have owned, the weight of this thing is an absolute non-issue. I bought a CASE LOGIC SLR HOLSTER case (same kind I carried the HS-30 in, which was totally perfect) along with the HS-50. I also bought a B&W Clear Haze Filter. A previous excellent review mentioned the clumsiness of the CHARGER that comes with the HS-50, I totally agree. It has a wire that has to be plugged into the charger, a non-starter for travel. I bought the WASABI 2 battery set with a charger that plugs directly into the wall. The FUJI charger will be relegated to a box somewhere. The one test I haven't done ... yet ... is to try to track a flock of geese in flight to test the write speed of this HS-50 vs the previous HS-30. I do want to say that I LOVE THE MANUAL ZOOM LENS!

Few observations: If you want great shots that should be pleasing to you, this could very well be the camera you're looking for. If you belong to a photo club where one's status is often determined by the size/price of your lenses or how many megapixels are in your camera, then this will not put you at the head of the class, if that's important to you. :-)

Post processing: This means using software to "tweak" your pics (I routinely do this to all my pictures ... whether from a DSLR or the FUJI). I find this adds that "finishing touch" that I personally love ... everyone has different tastes. Just thought this might be worthy of mention.

Lastly: Considering the price of the HS-50 vs. a DSLR and lenses, preferably quality lenses - and the fact this does not weigh anywhere near what a DSLR assemblage in a large case does ... AND the fact one does not have to change lenses all the time ... then I ... personally ... think this HS-50 is a steal.

UPDATE: 3-21-13: No camera is ever fully adopted by me unless I take it out to my favorite park and give it the FULL WORKOUT, which I just did this morning. I believe I said this in my review of the HS-30 a year or so ago: buying a camera ... any camera ... is a subjective thing. No camera is satisfactory to everyone. The camera that IS satisfactory to YOU, the reader, is the one that does what YOU want it to, based upon your interests/desires/budget. After my gaggle of MANY DSLRs in the past, I always find myself returning to the HS series cameras. Why? "Bangs for the bucks!" The things do just about EVERYTHING in one easily transportable package that doesn't break your neck/shoulders when "out there" taking pics. The HS50 performed, FOR ME, marvelously today ... and I never had any doubts, based upon my prior experiences with the HS series in the past. There is one thing I feel like alerting buyers/would be buyers: be a bit careful of the ON/OFF switch. It appears a bit sensitive if you accidentally brush against it when moving the camera about. Everything worked fine today, and the ZOOM ... that wonderful zoom ... worked superbly. I got shots today that I NEVER would have gotten with the VERY expensive DSLRs I disposed of (without buying even more/increasingly highly expensive zoom lenses).

Before buying ANY camera, ask yourself what you want to do with that camera, what are your realistic expectations ... how much do you want to spend, when all is said and done ... then you'll make the right choice. AND: Whatever camera you do end up with, remember to CONSULT THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL when you have questions. The manuals give many insights into what your camera will/won't do. :-)

Leaving you with a thought: "It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera... they are made with the eye, heart and head." - Henri Cartier-Bresson.

UPDATE: 8-11-14 ... Well, I've had the HS-50 for over a year now. I wasn't sure if yet MORE from me would be appreciated, but wanted to say a few things. This is about the time (1+years) when I get a bit "antsy" and want to check out the latest technology in cameras, so I did. I read TONS of reviews (and handled various models in stores) on all sorts of new choices out there. Some were works of art: superbly made, large sensors for P&S cameras, etc., but NONE gave me what I presently have in this HS-50. Take a look at what the HS-50 is going for now! If it was a STEAL before, it would be downright SINFUL to not at least consider what this complete package could do for you! :-)

Lastly, and I keep mentioning this in all my reviews on the various HS models: SOFTWARE. A good software package for Post Processing can make all the difference in the world in having GOOD shots turn into GREAT shots. A few tweaks here/there might astound you :-)

Lastly ... lastly: Final thought: I always felt, with this camera, that if I could SEE a potential shot, I COULD GET IT. Now, THAT is power! Try that without having to search a heavy bag full of EXPENSIVE lenses!

Wishing everyone well.


32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Feature rich, portable and versatile! June 21 2013
By J Reinhart - Published on
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Simply put, this is truly a great camera. I have been following Fujifilm's progress in the HS series since the HS10 and they have constantly improved upon the previous models. Sure, some things have changed, some maybe not for the better (people have mentioned a sturdier battery/memory card compartment door in previous models, and the arrangement of the buttons is different), but really, if you take care of your device, nothing's going to break. I find the build of good quality, even if it's a plastic case. It does not feel cheap.

The main improvement is the lens and the now easily accessible manual focus ring. If you had an HS series camera before, you will feel at home with the setup. I find all the controls are easily reachable, the menu structure is clear; the (Q)uick access button is very handy and allows you to adjust every major setting - that allows to be adjustable in the chosen mode - very fast. Although I generally avoid automatic modes on cameras, the EXR Auto mode is definitely worth a shot. I managed to take a picture of a lady bug, which had strategically placed itself in a thorn bush's most inaccessible part, in that camera mode, where (semi-)manual settings did not cut it.

The image quality is very good for a (technically) point-and-shoot camera, and a lot of times the images reach DSLR quality even without postwork. Make no mistake though, this is NOT a DSLR. If you expect the same quality of this camera, you will be disappointed, and reviews along those lines can be disregarded. The exposure time is limited to a maximum of 30 seconds (or less, depending on the chosen mode), there is no adjustable DOF and the f-stop goes to a maximum of f11.

On the bright side, you are getting a highly portable, well-built device with a huge range and plenty of nice modes and features. As part of your purchase you definitely want a UV filter and polarizer (58mm), additional batteries and I definitely recommend a tripod and remote shutter (, because this camera does take great night shots, too. The zoom range even allows for stunning images of Earth's moon!

I found that the camera takes better pictures if you do not zoom right the way into the 1000mm (42x). It also doesn't handle twilight overly well, but I'm sure I'll eventually find a good setting for that, too. It does excel at daylight shots and at night (with Tripod preferably). The up to 16fps (11 at full resolution) are marvelous and it really does portrait pictures very well using the (Adv)anced mode's portrait setting. Absolutely incredible from my perspective, especially at round 80mm focal length.

Problems other people had with a focusing issue I did not experience. If you use the little dial to the left of the camera body to set the correct focusing mode ((S)ingle, (C)ontinuous or (M)anual), then you will get clear, sharp pictures without a problem. Tests have shown that the camera focuses in under 0.2 seconds and I definitely concur. I haven't timed it, but it's fast! My wife takes a lot of reference photos for her charcoal paintings and especially when taking photos of musicians playing guitar, the 11 fps really start to shine, especially in dimly lit rooms!

The only hiccup I had was that I found a rather large piece of dust/fluff inside my lens after I ordered it (my wife's camera was fine -- we had ordered two) which happened most likely during the manufacturing process. Within 36 hours I had a replacement from Amazon (RMA'd Sunday evening, replacement arrived Tuesday by noon). No issues since.

I gladly and happily recommend this camera to hobbyists and professionals alike, especially if you enjoy nature photography, portrait photography and enjoy close-ups as much as taking ranged photos. This is a camera that will get as close to a DSLR as you can imagine without the need to change the lens or having to carry a lot of weight!
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Fuji HS50 EXR vs Canon SX50 HS Jan. 20 2014
By Andrew Singh - Published on
I compared both the EXR 50 and the Canon side by side image by image over several weeks. Both excel in different areas, but it came down to individual preference:

Canon pros:
Slightly bigger zoom than Fuji
Better hand held IS (image stabilization) for long shots like the moon
More compact
Makes colors in images 'pop' a bit more (subjective)
Metal tripod screw in base

Canon cons:
Case and texture feel flimsy/hollow
Might be a bit small for guys/larger hands (subjective)
Delay saving/writing images between shots (Fuji was noticeably faster)
Has a tendency to over compensate 'pop' in most images, thus some slight yellowing can be seen on skin tones etc
Smaller EVF and LCD
No auto eye detection on EVF
Electronic zoom can feel a but jumpy
Flash flip-up does not have a button (use your fingernail to push up ...looks and feels very cheap)

Fuji pros:
Built like a tank - very solid, rubberized coating feels good to the touch
Larger LCD, and EVF
Auto eye detection on EVF (very convenient)
Manual zoom is more stable in your hands
Menus are a bit easier in the Fuji and there are more pre-selected categories to choose from for a novice
Images don't have as much 'pop' as the Canon, however images are much more realistic in color (subjective)
No lag between shots (Canon was noticeably slower here)
Dedicated flash up button. Much better than the Canon

Fuji cons:
Can be a bit heavy compared to Canon (subjective)
Slightly less zoom
IS at far night objects like moon needed manual intervention to capture (Canon captured the moon shots on auto mode with no fuss).
Since images are more realistic, some may consider them 'bland' as compared next to the Canon
Plastic tripod screw-in base

I ended up sending back the Canon and keeping the Fuji. It was very close comparison with both scoring well in certain categories and underscoring in others. For me, I had read several articles before that claimed the Canon had superior image quality (IQ) but I wanted to see for myself in an objective test. Time an again in multiple modes and manual settings, the Canon over-colored the images and the Fuji presented them as-is. There was no discernible sharpness or distortion difference to the average person looking at the images side by side. I ultimately felt the Fuji produced a truer representation of what my eyes were seeing in terms of color, vs an enhanced colorized image by Canon. Both units are great pieces, but for my preferences, Fuji was ever so slightly, the better fit.

Giving it 4 stars because of the cons noted.