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

4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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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 Details

  • 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 Amazon.ca: Feb. 19 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,102 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

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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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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I mainly purchased this camera for the manual features like focusing and zoom, but as it turns out there is no typical focusing aid. No split ring, cross hair or star pattern focusing aid. It has a digital version which measures either by highlights, or contrast on a bar graph and best for under 30 m range. The focus ring is a digital control and not a linear one so the ring can freely spin with no obvious stops. The camera has a manual focus check mode.

At high zoom the pictures tend to have a soft focus effect. This camera does not like UV filters. In film photography we are taught to add a standard 1A filter mainly for lens protection. I could not find a 1A so I opted for a UV filter instead. Daytime photography no quirks, but night time like shooting the moon or other brightly lit subjects, the subject was refracted off the UV filter and only achieved focus lock when I removed the UV filter.

Night time photography for general scenes is almost as good as daytime. For night time photography, we have the option to add focus assist by turning on the AF illuminator, but it's range is limited to under 12 meters. But because it fires off like a mini flash it sometimes defeats the purpose of night time photography, we can turn if off. For people shots, it can act as the red eye reducer, but the flash has a separate red eye reduction mode.

Without the illuminator, I find the images on a soft focus side over the 10 meter range at night and though some say they can hand hold it still. I found myself using a monopod or tripod as the situation requires.

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.
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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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