Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera Review

Fujifilm's first new ultrazoom since the overpriced X-S1 fails to improve on its predecessor.

$499.95 MSRP


Of all the many ultrazoom cameras in their crowded section of the market, Fujifilm's HS series stands out as one of the most compelling to enthusiasts. Like the HS20 before it, the HS30 is distinguished by a mechanical zoom ring surrounding the lens, plus a by-wire focus ring further up the barrel, making this fixed-lens camera feel less amateurish than the competition. Aware of their audience, Fujifilm added core improvements like a new sensor and the ability to shoot RAW, instead of extending the lens past 30x, which would've risked a drop in image quality.

We like the strategy, and think it could result in a much better value than Fujifilm's overpriced X-S1. The HS30EXR, meanwhile, is priced consistently with the competition at $499.95, and comes only in black.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Photo Gallery
  5. Image Quality
  6. Sharpness
  7. Color
  8. Noise Reduction
  9. Dynamic Range
  10. Low Light
  11. Distortion
  12. Video
  13. Usability
  14. Ease of Use
  15. Handling
  16. Controls
  17. Speed
  18. Features
  19. Video Features
  20. Conclusion