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Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL)
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- Tilting 3.0-inch TFT color LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder with eye sensor
- 16 million effective pixels 1/2-inch EXR CMOS processor with primary color filter and lens shift image stabilization.
- Fujinon 42x optical zoom lens with approx. 2.0x digital zoom (up to approx. 84x with 42x optical zoom)
- Focal Length: f/4.4mm-185mm; Full Aperture: f/2.8-f/11 (Wide), f/5.6-f/11 (Telephoto)
- Full HD Movie (1920x1080p/60fps) with stereo sound
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||500 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||11 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fully articulated|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||12,800|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 ), RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Type||via Hot-shoe|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 5.3 x 5.7 inches|
|Item Display Weight||3.1 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.78 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.996 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.756 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||0 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.|
|Maximum Aperture||5.6 mm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||1,000 mm|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608 Pixels|
|Metering||Multi, Average, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||EXRCMOS|
|Processor Description||EXR Processor II|
|Remote Control Description||Yes|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Shipping Weight||3 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60 fps)|
|Viewfinder Description||920000 dots|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||5.3 x 5.7 x 4 in||4.57 x 4.84 x 3.43 in||4.57 x 4.84 x 3.43 in||4.96 x 5.16 x 3.82 in||4.33 x 4.92 x 3.43 in||4.06 x 5.1 x 3.67 in|
|Item Weight||1.78 lbs||1.48 lbs||1.48 lbs||1.51 lbs||1.3 lbs||1.46 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 megapixels||16.2 megapixels||16.2 megapixels||16 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||20.1 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60 fps)||1920 x 1080 (6oi), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (60i), 1280 x 960 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
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 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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!