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Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR Digital Camera Review$499.95
The HS20EXR offers pretty solid color accuracy, achieving an error value of only 2.69 in our test. This will add a flattering, realistic element to all shots, especially those with human subjects. Problem areas, where they do exist, are spread out evenly across the spectrum. Fleshtones, greens, and blues are all darker than they should be, though only slightly. Saturation is also nearly perfect, off by only 1.5%. More on how we test color.
Today we'll be comparing the HS20EXR to three very similar models: Panasonic's Lumix FZ150, recently crowned king of the superzooms, Canon's PowerShot SX40 HS, another powerful model, and Fujifilm's own HS10, the nearly-identical camera preceding the HS20EXR
The HS20's color scores are the best of them, although by a slim margin. All these cameras offer strong accuracy, but we do notice a relatively sharp increase from the HS10.
Fujifilm handles color modes in a cool way that harkens back to the proud tradition of film photography. The HS20EXR's "Film Simulation" setting adjusts color based the company's own line of reversal films. Provia is the standard setting for a wide range of subjects, Velvia increases the vibrancy of color, and Astia reduces saturation. There's also two extra settings for sepia and monochrome. Provia is by far the most accurate mode, so all further tests were performed using this setting.
One more thing. This wouldn't be much of a review if we failed to mention the camera's titular "EXR" mode. We found this mode either detracted or failed to improve image quality in general, including color accuracy. So all of the results presented in this review were recorded without EXR. The extra processing also violates our policy to avoid artificially sharpened or enhanced photos, unless they occur at default factory settings.