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Fujifilm reveals HS30EXR 30x CMOS superzoom with Raw

By dpreview staff on Jan 5, 2012 at 05:00 GMT

Pre-CES: Fujifilm has revealed the HS30EXR, the latest in its range of Raw-capable EXR superzoom cameras. The HS30 features a redesigned 16MP back-lit CMOS sensor and gains a series of improvements over the existing HS20 model. These include not only interface features such as electronic level gauge and manual focusing during video capture, but also more fundamental changes, such as the use of a lithium-ion battery and the addition of a high resolution electronic viewfinder. It retains the 24-720mm equivalent, F2.8-5.6 lens.

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Press Release

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR – Long zoom versatility and exceptional image quality

Fujifilm is delighted to announce the launch of the FinePix HS30EXR, the latest in a long line of market-leading bridge cameras loved by photo enthusiasts all over the world. The HS range has become synonymous with versatility and optical quality among those photographers who don't want the lens-changing capability of a DSLR, but still want total control over their images.

The HS30EXR includes a number of key specification improvements over the HS20EXR model it replaces. The Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) has been greatly improved while a switch in power supply to a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery delivers up to 600 pictures per charge. These are just some of the changes that will ensure the HS30EXR keeps the Fujifilm name at the forefront of the bridge camera market in 2012.

New sensor, even better pictures

The FinePix HS30EXR features an improved EXR-CMOS sensor, which gives the user even more versatility, most notably in low light conditions. By redesigning the shape of the photo diodes used in the EXR-CMOS sensor, the images display 30% less digital noise at higher ISO settings, which results in smoother tones and better low light images.

The EXR-CMOS sensor offers three different user-selectable options: High Resolution (HR) delivers the best results in bright lighting conditions or when fine detail in an image is of paramount importance. Wide Dynamic Range (DR) Priority is ideal for capturing images in high contrast light situations, when the user wants detail in both shadow and highlight areas, while High Sensitivity and Low Noise (SN) Priority is the one to choose in low-light. All of these modes can be selected, or it can be left to the HS30EXR to choose through the EXR AUTO function.

Never miss a shot

Composing images on these HS-series can be done using either the 3-inch tilting LCD or the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), both of which have been substantially improved over the HS20EXR. The LCD uses 460,000 dots to display menus and images with great clarity and now benefits from a brighter screen that ensures it's easy to view, even in direct sunlight.

Meanwhile, the FinePix HS30EXR’s EVF is also larger at 0.26-inches and features 920,000 dots, compared to only 200,000 dots on the HS20EXR, making for a far clearer viewing image.

Viewing comfort has also been boosted thanks to a 22 degree viewing angle (16 degrees on the HS20EXR) and the whole picture taking experience has been improved through a substantial reduction in starting up period compared to the HS20EXR. The starting up period is now just around a half compared with that of HS20EXR. The writing period after continuous shooting has also been dramatically cut to approximately 2 seconds (compared to 20 seconds on the HS20EXR).

A lens for every occasion

Sitting at the heart of the HS-series is a Fujinon 30x optical zoom lens offering a huge focal range from 24-720mm (equivalent to a 35mm camera). This enables photographers to tackle almost any type of subject matter from sweeping landscapes to fine details on wild animals.

But there may be occasions when users require even more telephoto power to pull in really distant details and, thanks to the Intelligent Digital Zoom function, this is now possible. This doubles the focal range, delivering a massive 60x zoom with a maximum telephoto setting of 1440mm. What's more, the Intelligent Digital Zoom function doesn't suffer from the problems typically associated with digital zoom capabilities. This is achieved through intelligent image processing where the HS30EXR boosts sharpness in selected areas without increasing digital noise.

Movie making and picture taking made easier

Like the HS20EXR, the HS30EXR also captures 1080p Full HD movies at 30 frames per second, but this hasn't stopped Fujifilm's designers making some key improvements to ensure movie capture is even easier.

Now, it's possible to manually focus during movie shooting for more creative focusing effects, while those preferring to auto focus will benefit in a reduction in focus hunting, so they can keep up with the action. When it comes to still images, the technologies used for Face Detection and Tracking AF have been combined to create Face Tracking Auto Focus. Ideal for capturing all the sporting action and active children, this unique feature allows users to follow the action, ensuring that the faces of friends and loved ones are kept sharp and perfectly exposed.

Finally, the FinePix HS30EXR has also been improved with the addition of a customisable Function (Fn) key on the rear of it. This enables fast access to regularly used functions without needing to go into the full menu each time.

Key differences between HS20EXR and HS30EXR

 HS20EXRHS30EXR
Sensor 16 megapixel EXR-CMOS 16 megapixel EXR-CMOS
LCD 3-inch, 460,000 dots 3-inch 460,000 dots
Sunny Day mode
Electronic viewfinder 0.20-inch, 200,000 dots
16° viewing angle
0.26-inch, 920,000 dots
22° viewing angle
Battery 4x AA batteries (350 shots per set) Lithium-ion rechargeable (600 shots per charge)
Intelligent Digital Zoom No Yes
Manual Focus during movie recording No Yes
Customizable Function (Fn) key No Yes
Electronic level No Yes
RAW shooting Yes Yes

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR key features

  • 16 mega-pixel EXR-CMOS sensor
  • 30x Fujinon Optical zoom lens (24-720mm equivalent to a 35mm camera)
  • Up to 60x Intelligent Digital Zoom
  • 3-inch LCD screen with Sunny Day mode
  • EVF with 920,000 dots
  • 1080p Full HD movie capture
  • Hot shoe for TTL flash
  • RAW file format
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable battery – 600 shots
  • Programmes AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual exposure modes
  • Macro focusing down to 1cm

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Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Specifications

Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 1840, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 1536, 1920 x 1080
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2" (6.4 x 4.8 mm)
Sensor typeEXRCMOS
ProcessorEXR
Color filter arrayRGB color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (6400 and 12800 with boost)
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 )
  • RAW (RAF format)
  • RAW+JPEG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–720 mm
Optical zoom30×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F5.6
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (2x)
Manual focusYes (Still and Movies)
Normal focus range45 cm (17.72)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD monitor with Sunny Day mode
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Natural Light
  • Natural Light & Flash
  • Portrait
  • Portrait Enhancer
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Landscape
  • Sport
  • Night
  • Night (Tripod)
  • Fireworks
  • Sunset
  • Snow
  • Beach
  • Party
  • Flower
  • Text
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range7.10 m (Wide: 30cm - 7.1m / Tele: 2.0m - 3.8m )
External flashYes (via Hot-shoe EF-42/EF-20 )
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive11 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Auto release, Auto shutter (Dog, Cat))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerStereo
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included20 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini)
Remote controlYes (Optional RR-80)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLi-ion NP-W126 battery and charger
Weight (inc. batteries)687 g (1.51 lb / 24.23 oz)
Dimensions131 x 97 x 126 mm (5.16 x 3.82 x 4.96)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

Comments

Total comments: 82
Bookwizard
By Bookwizard (May 24, 2012)

Sad that it looks as if there was room for AA batteries like in the SX 20 but they chose a Lithium which experience shows will slowly go to half or less the number of shots will go dead in the camera case do not keep the charge like AA's and replacements will not be available. I have several Lithium powered cameras which are of no use due to battery failure but an ancient pocket digital camera that uses AA bateries is still working and is good for the grandkids to use.

Sorry Fugi this traveler after having a charger smoke in Europe will not carry any camera that does not use AA Bateries on vacation.

Bill

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PixelDivaUK
By PixelDivaUK (May 12, 2012)

Hi,

I have a HS20 and just wanted to point out that in the comparison you say the HS20 has no electronic level, mine does, know it's only a small matter but just thought you might like to know.
Pixel xx

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oaksnacorns
By oaksnacorns (Mar 31, 2012)

I hope it doesn't bother anyone to maybe open a new thread. I have not read all the posts on this camera, so maybe this has been discussed.
But does anybody else feel it a loss, to not be able to connect an external mic to this, for much better control of the audio?

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Ali Afify
By Ali Afify (Feb 26, 2012)

I received this E-mail from FUJIFILM North American Corporation :
Dear Ali,

Thank you for contacting FUJIFILM North America Corporation. Please allow us to assist you.

The FinePix HS30EXR should arrive in stores by mid-March 2012. At this time, we do not have an exact release date due to the potential of unforeseen shipping delays.

We sincerely hope that this information has been beneficial to you. If you should have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us in the future. It would be our pleasure to assist you again.

Thank you for your interest in FUJIFILM products and services.

Respectfully,

Kelly, Imaging Support Team
Contact Center
FUJIFILM North American Corporation

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martinmark
By martinmark (Jan 26, 2012)

Good camera but Small sensor

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Kawika Nui
By Kawika Nui (Jan 25, 2012)

Great comments and useful observations from all. One key point: for the HS30, Fuji states write times after burst shooting of only 2 seconds". This is many times faster than many competing cameras. Does anyone know the post-burst write time for the X-S1? The stated burst depth of the X-S1 is disappointingly small, but a fast write time like the HS30 would go a long way toward compensating for it.

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elixer
By elixer (Jan 20, 2012)

I'm definitely looking to replace my hs20 with the basic upgrade to the new hs30! The price isn't bad for the improvements they claim and, I think waiting to see how the xs1 fares out there is important. Additionally, the upgrade to the xs1 should be a joy and well worth the wait(I HOPE) lol.

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Doug Sinnott1941
By Doug Sinnott1941 (Jan 1, 2013)

Yes the HS30 is definitely a better camera!
And I have had the HS10,and the HS20,and the HS30 is a definite improvement,particularly the EVF!
And image quality is almost as good as the XS-1,which is a much more expensive camera.

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ciberguenzza
By ciberguenzza (Jan 17, 2012)

I'm replacing my S200EXR for the upcoming HS30EXR
PROS: Manual ring for zooming in and out (Some people find this as a CON and will go for the Canon SX40 or other super zoom in the market), Li-ion batteries (Again this is just a personal preference some people will go for AA), 30X zoom that can be doubled to 60X without degrading image quality (We will see if Fujifilm is telling the truth), $300 less expensive than X-S1.

CONS: Small sensor, too many pixels squeezed in to a small sensor, not as good EVF as X-S1

My wishlist: X-S2 with 30X zoom for $500 is that too much asking?

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 14, 2012)

The little brother of the mighty warrior X-S1, but the HS30 has a 30x zoom and 1/2-inch sensor against the X-S1's 26-times focal range and slightly larger 2/3-inch sensor. So the X-S1 should be substantially better in low light situations!

HS30 = 16MP sensor
X-S1 = 12MP sensor (for me, this is better)

HS30 viewfinder: 0.26-inch diagonal
XS-1 viewfinder: 0.47-inch and about 50% more pixels, too. Huge difference favoring the X-S1 once again.

But the XS-1 weighs about 40% more than the HS30, if that makes a difference to you (I actually like them heavier for better handling and steadier shots in hand-held video mode).

No word on the Fuji web site about date of release and price, apparently cannot be pre-ordered as of yet (but I only checked on Adorama and B&H).

Anybody has any more info on it? The X-S1 is US$799, so this will be how much, $500, $600, ...??

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ciberguenzza
By ciberguenzza (Jan 17, 2012)

HS30EXR is advertised at amazon for $499.95 but only as pre-order.

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Rainbowrider
By Rainbowrider (Jan 13, 2012)

When comparing the X-S1 to the HS30EXR please check out the weight specs. and decide if you are really prepared to carry the weight of an X-S1 around you neck or anywhere else on you body as it is very heavy. I'll wait for the X-S2 which will probably be half as heavy an maybe even have the same weight specs as the HS30EXR.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 14, 2012)

Right you are. XS-1 is 945 grams loaded, and HS30 is 687 grams. Personally, I can handle the slight extra weight. Also, the HS30 lens design looks too much like the HS20 lens design, it is practically impossible to manual focus with the left hand, because the camera's top blocks a large portion of the focus ring.

Based on photos, this is much, much easier to do with the X-S1. In video, you may need to hold the camera AND focus and zoom in/out simultaneously, so this makes a huge difference even if the camera is on a tripod & video fluid head.

Best of luck with the X-S2, Rainbowrider. When is that coming out, I wonder, in 2013 maybe?

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Doug Sinnott1941
By Doug Sinnott1941 (Mar 21, 2012)

You're wrong about manually using the Hs30 lens,as the body has been subtly altered to enable a better grip on the lens.I compared the new camera with my own HS20,and it is much easier to access the zoom control.
The new camera seems a distinct upgrade on the HS20,a better viewfinder,faster start up and focussing,an improved EXR sensor.
Why are these saddoes talking about waiting for and XS1 upgrade already,when they haven't used either the HS30,or the XS1?
Fuji are to be congratulated on their new cameras,first class pieces of up to the minute technology!
Well done Fuji.

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stol2004
By stol2004 (Jan 12, 2012)

It aint gonna be better than SX40 and im pretty sure that will cost much more

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 14, 2012)

Could be, but the HS30 has a slightly larger sensor (1/2-inch versus 1.23-inch with the Canon). But then the Canon is only 12 megapixels vs. 16MP with the Fuji-cam, so they may see pretty much the same in low light? And you won't be able to do any manual zooming or manual focusing with the Canon SX40, so the Canon is strictly an all-auto point-and-shooter superzoom.

The Canon SX40 only has a 202,000 pixel EVF, and the Fuji HS30 has a 920,000 pixel VF. But since you cannot do manual focus with the Canon, anyhow, maybe 202K resolution is enough just to compose the image?

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clk_walker
By clk_walker (Jan 9, 2012)

So what exactly is the real resolution of this camera at max zoom?? Seems like marketing numbers to the unintiated. I gues ignorance pays.

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GuardianFlash
By GuardianFlash (Jan 9, 2012)

Why couldn't they make the HS30 12mp? 16mp + small sensor = shitty high ISO performance.

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Daniel Lowe
By Daniel Lowe (Jan 11, 2012)

The HS20 had the best high ISO performance of any of the superzooms, Pixel density in 8mp 'sn' mode (or M size for access to all manual shooting modes) is approaching that of a premium compact. This camera has a larger sensor than any other current superzoom except the Fuji XS1.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 14, 2012)

"This camera has a larger sensor than any other current superzoom except the Fuji XS1."

This camera has a 1/2-inch imager, which is 6.4 x 4.8mm in size. All other superzooms (except for X-S1) have the "standard consumer-class" 1/2.3-inch imager, which is 6.16 x 4.62mm in size. So, the difference is app. 2mm per side, not all that much, really.

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/Camera_System/sensor_sizes_01.htm

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

Boy, oh boy, this looks like totally identical to their X-S1, another "up and coming" Fujifilm-cam model out of dozens and dozens and dozens already, it seems.

Slightly smaller sensor, 4 million more squeezed-in pixels, smaller and lower-rez EVF, and slightly longer zoom range. Did I miss anything?

How much will this sucker be, anyone?

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jimr
By jimr (Jan 8, 2012)

600 images per battery charge is great....

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atetuna
By atetuna (Jan 8, 2012)

Not compared to the old camera with nimh Eneloop batteries.

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jimr
By jimr (Jan 8, 2012)

It is the new sensor that is most intriguing.
How will it compare to X-S1 sensor...THE ???

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

I disagree. The best thing about the HS30 is that it has separate DOG and CAT mode. I would have also preferred a RABIT mode and HEN mode as well, but apparently, you can't get everything even from Fujifilm.

Re. the sensor, the low-light performance particularly will be really poor. Tiny sensor with 16 million pixels dumped onto it -- you do the photosite size math.

X-S1 looks much, much better already (larger sensor, few pixels), but they should have given the X-S1 a 30x zoom and this turkey a 26x zoom. Not the other way.

Fuji is launching so many new models now, even they can get things mixed up.

I am not sure about the HS30's price, but if it is half-as-much as the X-S1's $800, I'll probably just go with this one. Too bad now you have to use their proprietary battery and charges, no more free market AAs here.

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dskushwaha
By dskushwaha (Jan 7, 2012)

Hope unlike HS20, HS30 will arrive at stores in time.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

Or better yet, try to get one that somehow had just "fallen off of the back of a truck."

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Donthuis
By Donthuis (Jan 7, 2012)

Most people prefer chargeable batteries to penlights: you just take an extra charged battery with you, instead of a set of penlights. The fact that superzoom camera's are often sold on how far they zoom in is pure marketing. Next to the Megapixelcount, the zoomrange comes second in selling cameras to consumers. Although real photographers are well aware of the limitations of zooming in at the long end. Those rare people who always carry tripods around excepted of course..

The raise in pixels on the EVF follows the trend also set bij Sony: the higher te count, the closer it comes to optical viewing. Since superzooms compete head on with SLR's this is a natural development for all Fuji/Canon/Sony designs.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

EVF's resolution should have matched that of X-S1's (i.e. 1.44 million). But the EVF size (diagonal) is half of that as with the X-S1, so area-wise, it is about 25% of the X-S1's size. So I have no clue how you can see anything with this one w/o eye strain. My eye would still be the same exact size whether I look through this small EVF HS30 or the much larger EVF X-S1.

Sony is the EVF leader in digital photography and videography, followed by Panasonic.

Re. the 30x zoom range here.... well, some camera stores and online vendors will have to educate their would-be Fuji-cam buyers as to why this much cheaper HS30 sports a 30x zoom range, whereas the also brand new X-S1 only sports a 26x zoom range.

You and I know this, but will everyone understand and accept it? Bodes poorly for the X-S1, especially at $800, phew...

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chrisbard
By chrisbard (Mar 3, 2012)

I just bought this camera and will receive it in a couple of days, will let you know how its behaving.

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atetuna
By atetuna (Jan 7, 2012)

Changing to a lithium ion battery was the last thing I wanted them to do. Now the only reason for me to consider this camera is the manual zoom, and that's not really worth it.

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griz
By griz (Jan 8, 2012)

the AA Battery was the reason I didn't consider it now it makes me look twice I think it's a good selling point.

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atetuna
By atetuna (Jan 8, 2012)

The only problem is that it reduced battery life. Yeah, if you're the type that would put alkaline batteries in your camera, then you shouldn't like it, but then you're probably the same type that would buy a cheap chinese spare lithium ion battery. On my S9000 the AA battery life is rated about the same as the HS20, but I've gone 2053 shots on one charge with Eneloops, and still had extra juice when I stopped shooting.

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Tams
By Tams (Feb 16, 2012)

@ griz

Not for travellers (especially those off to far flung places). The HS series was probably one of the best for travellers as a result. AAs are pretty much universal and when plugs are accessible, the Eneloops do probably just as well as a lithium ion battery (and are cheaper to replace/get spares).

I'm hoping the battery is large and that an AA mod could be added. I'm very doubtful though. An AA design with a lithium ion battery made to the shape of AAs would have been a good idea (if possible).

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Macist
By Macist (Jan 6, 2012)

No GPS?!

Seriously, who buys superzooms? People who travel, I'd guess, so they don't have to carry an SLR and lenses.

Without GPS, this fails as a travel camera.

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atetuna
By atetuna (Jan 8, 2012)

People that know they can only get the shot from a long distance.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

NEWS ALERT: You can still travel and and shoot still pictures and video clips with this camera, or in fact with any other camera out there (Nikon D4, etc) even without a built-in GPS. Never a good idea, anyhow, when you travel to countries where the importation of any GPS equipped device (cell phone, camera, tablet, etc) is a serious crime.

Really, you can shoot stuff with this one in your travels. Seriously. Honestly. Scout's honor? Yes, you can, and we can, too.

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Macist
By Macist (Jan 10, 2012)

"People that know they can only get the shot from a long distance."

O.K., so perverts, as well as travelers. :)

Francis, you show your age :) Other than possibly North Korea, I can't think of a single country where your camera's GPS would be deemed a "serious crime."

I come back from a trip with usually couple thousand shots, often taken in multiple countries, as well as multiple locations. It is often hard to tell where a shot was taken after a few months.

In addition, many shots are taken in between populated areas, and it is really nice to be able to plot a shot on a map and be able to tell where it was taken.

Virtually all major photo sites offer GPS mapping, so I can only imagine that those who see no need for it have never used a decent GPS camera, or are simply too old to learn.... :)

Anyway, I'd never buy another camera without GPS.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 14, 2012)

@ Macist, nice to see that at least you are trying.

So, superzoom cameras are used by "perverts." You should know this for a fact, right?

Re. the countries where GPS devices are not being allowed to be used, I bet you cannot even name them, can ya' now? So you used "North Korea" as a wild guess, or what?

So, you cannot tell where all of your "thousands of shots" were taken. So what? You still have the photos, who cares what the exact coordinates are down to the meter, hello!? Do you prefer to look at the actual photos you take -- or their coordinates, maybe I should have asked this questions first?

Fujifilm does not offer this camera or the X-S1 with built-in GPS. Nor does Nikon with their $6,000 D4 DSLR, for that matter. So some of the cheaper consumer-class GPS-cams may be better suited to your particular workflow and needs, I suppose.

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Macist
By Macist (Jan 16, 2012)

@ Francis Carver: LOL, I can not only name the countries, in many cases I have actually been there. But perhaps you should try naming a few, since you are the one making the assertion?

And you not only missed the joke, but missed my whole point about why super-zooms are the best of all worlds for travel, where a DSLR and the corresponding lenses would be too much to carry.

Perhaps you don't see the need for GPS tagging, but I bet you've never had a camera with that feature. But then you probably used to question the need for digital photography, and never saw any use for email, either....

Even the new version of LR has built-in GPS mapping capability. It's mainstream. A "travel" camera is not for real travel without it. Cheers.

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Morderator
By Morderator (Jan 6, 2012)

fuji should start reading all the comments here so the next time they improve the HS-xx camera line, theyd know what to remove and to put on the features

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cala1900
By cala1900 (Jan 5, 2012)

The EVF is one reason I've remained with Fuji and shall continue to do so.

It will be interesting to see if the new improvements introduced (Face Tracking Auto Focus) will improve the video experience. The manual zoom will still cause jerkiness while zooming in video mode.

And i like the new built in flash! it has double the flash range now. But otherwise, it sounds like the same HS20exr, dont you think?

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Humboldt Jim
By Humboldt Jim (Jan 6, 2012)

No, I don't think it sounds like the same HS20exr. It is more like the logical evolution of the HS series. One thing I'd like to see devolve is the sensor back to a sensible 12 MP. OTOH, maybe just shooting at 8 MB is the more sensible approach, as said earlier.

Try cutting down on the caffeine to solve that jerkiness;-)

HJ

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

It's the Baby X-S1, folks. When you look at all the pictures of the two, you can't tell the difference hardly!

16MP 1/2-inch sensor is pure insanity. Bad, bad, bad all around. I am not sure how much worse video will be out of this one versus the X-S1, but fact is that the pixel density will be much larger w. the HS300 than with the X-S1. So, low-light performance will suffer?

Anyhow, when will this thing come out and at what price? Otherwise, why even create a press release about it now?

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Seth36
By Seth36 (Jan 10, 2012)

The HS30 is available on Amazon for Pre-order for $500, the XS-1 is going for $800.

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skyy38
By skyy38 (Dec 27, 2012)

8 MP is perfectly sensible for most applications. For me, it delivers a perfectly acceptable 20 x 30 blowup, which is my current limit. I fit the resolution to serve my needs. Why take a 16MP picture for a craigslist ad when you're just going to have to reduce the size of the image for publication? I shoot CL ads at 1 MP and they load up in just about no time at all.

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Humboldt Jim
By Humboldt Jim (Jan 5, 2012)

Lighter weight and better cold weather performance by switching from NiMH to Li ion, better EVF and firm wear improvements have eliminated the deal killers that outweighed the positive of the manual zoom. The HS30 is now on my short list.

I handled the Canon SX40HS which was uninspiring to me. Unfortunately, I need to travel at least 200 miles to handle the cameras on my short list and I am not OC enough to do the order and return routine.

I have yet to see the enthusiasm for the HS 20 on the Fujifilm Forum as for the FZ150 on the Panasonic forum. Maybe the HS30 will change that.

HJ

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atetuna
By atetuna (Jan 8, 2012)

They didn't switch from nimh to lithium ion, they switched from AA to lithium ion. I've gone 2053 shots on my S9000 using Eneloops. With cold resistant lithium batteries I probably could have got more shots. I wouldn't have known though because at 2053 shots I was done shooting even though the batteries weren't.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

He probably meant using Nickel Metal Hydrate AAs, no?

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wkay
By wkay (Jan 5, 2012)

720mm seems silly as I doubt IS will be very effective.. otherwise looks interesting. Need to focus on being a camera rather than bells and whistles (electronic level gauge? How did photography survive for 150 years without it?).

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steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Jan 6, 2012)

Agreed - I think they overdo it on the long end of these supezooms. Would prefer to see them push the envelope at the wide end of the range.

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Baseman
By Baseman (Jan 7, 2012)

Actually, the zoom range isn't 24mm - 720mm. Over in the FTF some months ago, it was discovered the zoom range is really 22mm - 660mm on the HS20!! I see the same lens and sensor size in this HS30, so I can't see what I just stated changing any for the HS30.

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atetuna
By atetuna (Jan 8, 2012)

So what? It's there if you need it and have a tripod to overcome the limitations of its IS. Having a tripod for long distance shooting is always a very good idea.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

Right, who is shooting at 720mm focal lengths hand-held, and hope the lens's IS will take care for the lack of a good tripod and camera/video head?

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Daniel Lowe
By Daniel Lowe (Jan 11, 2012)

I shoot the predecessor to this model hand held at full tele all the time.
Can't see why the newer camera should be any worse.

I also can't see the problem with using a tripod when necessary in lower light.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 14, 2012)

You are hand-holding a camera at 660mm or 720mm telephoto? And what do you get? Can you do this nifty trick while shooting video as well, I wonder?

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daza
By daza (Jan 5, 2012)

If it were a 1/2" 12mp sensor i wouldnt wait to change my hs20, but with those especifications, i surely will wait to reviews and maybe a year to find a drop in prices.

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bikebum
By bikebum (Jan 5, 2012)

Finally a superzoom with a useable viewfinder! That alone is a reason for me to upgrade from my FZ35. I wish they would have used it in the X10 and I hope to see similar VFs in future high end compacts like the likes of the LX6 and XZ-2...

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steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Jan 6, 2012)

That IS tempting, coming from an FZ35 myself. I really never know what I got through the EVF until I review it on the computer, and in fact I think I miss alot of shots because the view through the FZ35s EVF is so uninspiring.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

Based on what I just read, the Fuji HS30's viewfinder is app. 50% smaller (diagonal) than the X-S1's EVF, and that would make its physical surface area size about 25% of the X-S1's viewfinder, which is app. 50% higher resolution, anyhow.

But I guess compared to an even smaller and lower rez EVF, this is an improvement.

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Daniel Lowe
By Daniel Lowe (Jan 11, 2012)

Why do you keep referring to the XS1? wouldn't it be more sensible to compare the HS30 to it's predecessor than a camera that is largely unknown?

This camera seems to represent a logical evolution of the line.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 14, 2012)

Daniel, I do not compqre a current model camera to an older vintage camera, but rather, to the competition that is out now. Fujifilm HS30, Fujifilm X-S1, Canon SX40, and so on.

Everybody knows about the Fuji X-S1, in fact you can order one right now from stock on amazon.com. What's the problem?

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Baseman
By Baseman (Jan 5, 2012)

Still a 1/2" sensor. I don't expect the big improvement they claim. But time will tell......

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Kirppu
By Kirppu (Jan 5, 2012)

Isn't this mainly a sensor size vs. zoom range thingy?
It's much easier to advertise LONG ZOOM than "this thing has larger than average sensor inside"

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Baseman
By Baseman (Jan 5, 2012)

The only way they can maintain the 30x lens zoom is to keep the 1/2" sensor. Go bigger on the sensor and they'll loose zoom range with that same lens. I still say & I know others will agree, 16MP on a 1/2" sensor is counter productive!

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cala1900
By cala1900 (Jan 5, 2012)

I guess that's why we're on EXR mode (8MB) most of the time.. ;o)

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Baseman
By Baseman (Jan 7, 2012)

Yup! 8MP for me on the HS20 but not in EXR mode. I use A mode with DR400, Sharpness set to Soft and NR set on Low. Then I PP everything in CS5. Kind of a pain in the butt but it's the only way to get a decent image out of the HS20

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

Fujifilm X-S1: 2/3-inch sensor, 12MP, 26x zoom range.

Fujifilm HS30: 1/2-inch sensor, 16MP, 30x zoom range.

I would take the X-S1 over the HS30 based on these main specs, but then again, how much will the HS30 cost vis-a-vis the X-S1?

And when will Fuji release this HS30, anyhow? The X-S1 is coming to the USA next month.

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geoson
By geoson (Jan 5, 2012)

@daMatrix

APS-C sensor? X100? New Mirrorless ILC? Unless you're talking about a non-interchangeable zoom lens, they've already made what you're looking for.

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daMatrix
By daMatrix (Jan 6, 2012)

You are right. They have made 1 compact with large sensor in 2010.

With a 23mm lens (for me a show stopper). I would expect them to refine that model with a healthier choice of lense.

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GuardianFlash
By GuardianFlash (Jan 7, 2012)

Go to to the Fujifilm forum and look at the new Fujifilm X Pro 1. A compact sized camera with DSLR sensor and interchangeable lenses.

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daMatrix
By daMatrix (Jan 7, 2012)

He he thats what I hoped for; The lord of darkness strikes back.

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daMatrix
By daMatrix (Jan 5, 2012)

Oh dear what has Fuji done to itself.
I would expect in their flood of new cameras a model with APS-C sized sensor.

It seems that Fuji has drifted from the once leader in darkness (their 400 iso performance in early digi cam days) to a submarginal funny color camera manufacturer.

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GuardianFlash
By GuardianFlash (Jan 7, 2012)

Look up the Fujifilm X-Pro 1. APS-C sensor compact camera where you can change lenses!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

Nasty... :-)

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Daniel Lowe
By Daniel Lowe (Jan 5, 2012)

This is a very nice refinement of a line that is proving to be excellent bridge cameras.

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rccasgar
By rccasgar (Jan 5, 2012)

Hopefully this HS30 is not a "quick" patch because they're not able to solve the WDS problem for being able to release X-S1.

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eddie_cam
By eddie_cam (Jan 5, 2012)

New sensor design? Hopefully, without WDS ...

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rccasgar
By rccasgar (Jan 5, 2012)

I also hope WDS are not there. But my big wish is that they get rid of them in the future X-S1...

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2012)

What the heck does "WDS" stand for?

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kippford
By kippford (Jan 14, 2012)

White dot syndrome.

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Elaka Farmor
By Elaka Farmor (Jan 5, 2012)

I was hoping for a 10mp pure EXR........

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