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Fujifilm launches FinePix HS50EXR and HS35EXR high-end superzooms

By dpreview staff on Jan 7, 2013 at 21:00 GMT

Fujifilm has announced the 16MP FinePix HS50EXR, its new flagship superzoom camera. The HS50 features a 42x 24-1000mm (equiv.) optical zoom lens and a new EXR CMOS II sensor. A 3" articulated rear LCD complements the camera's built-in 920k dot electronic viewfinder. The HS50 records 1080p60 video alongside stereo audio. An 'Intelligent' hybrid autofocus system allows for automatic switching between contrast and phase-detection AF operation. Burst modes as high as 11 fps are possible in full resolution mode. A more affordable HS35EXR has also been announced, which features an earlier version sensor, 30x optical zoom and 1080p30 video recording.

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Press Release:

FUJIFILM announces new flagship HS50EXR bridge camera that has the world's fastest in-class autofocus speed and powerful long zoom

New flagship HS50EXR delivers the world’s fastest autofocus speed in its class, and gives consumers a compelling alternative to expensive DSLR kits with its long zoom, powerful features and compact design

Valhalla, N.Y., January 7, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation announces the new flagship FinePix HS50EXR that features a manual zoom lens for high precision zooming over a huge 42x focal length range (24-1000mm*2) and a new ½” EXR CMOS II sensor with phase detection that achieves the world’s fastest autofocus speed in its class of just 0.05 seconds*1.

“The new HS50EXR bridge camera gives consumers a truly amazing autofocus speed of just 0.05 seconds and a wide range of shooting features in an all-in-one design that is more economical and easier to use than expensive and heavy DSLR kits,” said David Troy, director of marketing, Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “With the HS50EXR, users can capture everything from beautiful wide angle landscape shots to sharp telephoto pictures with its powerful 42x zoom and Optical image Stabilization – no shot will be too far away again.”   

New EXR CMOS II Sensor with Phase Detection for High Performance
The HS50EXR boasts the latest FUJIFILM EXR 16MP ½” EXR CMOS II sensor, as well as the EXR Processor II, which has faster processing speeds compared to the previous generation EXR processor.

The HS50EXR now includes built-in phase detection to achieve an incredibly fast autofocus speed of just 0.05 seconds in fastest conditions, along with a new Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus system that automatically selects between phase detection autofocus or contrast autofocus in low light to ensure the optimal focus system is used for sharp, vibrant images.

The new EXR CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II make the HS50EXR a truly powerful camera when it comes to capturing moving objects. In addition to the 0.05 seconds autofocus speed*1, it also achieves a start-up time of 0.5 seconds*3, and interval time between shots of just 0.5*4 seconds. And by using the Continuous Shooting mode, the HS50EXR can shoot in burst mode of 11fps at the full 16MP resolution (up to 5 frames)*4 and seamless 5.5fps shooting at 8MP resolution. Combined, these technologies mean that you will never miss that crucial shot, no matter how fast your subject is moving.

The HS50EXR also uses a new Focus Peaking feature in manual focus mode to help photographers by highlighting high contrast areas of a subject and provides a guide for focusing in situations where it is difficult to tell whether the subject is correctly focused.

Manual 42x Optical Zoom Lens (24-1000mm*2)
The newly developed 42x FUJINON zoom lens in the HS50EXR offers the precision of a manual zoom and stunning optical performance for beautiful high resolution images. The HS50EXR can shoot Super Macro photography as close as 0.39” all the way through 24mm wide-angle up to 1000mm telephoto*2, a range that of focal lengths that would require several different lenses on a DSLR camera.

To ensure premium image quality, the HS50EXR lens uses aspherical, ED and cemented elements and achieves blur reduction with Optical Image Stabilization, over the entire aperture range of F2.8 to F5.6. The lens features 17 elements in total, 15 of which have FUJINON’s Super EBC coating on both sides to reduce ghosting and flare in challenging low light situations.

3.0” Variable Angle LCD Screen
The HS50EXR features a 920k dot, highly detailed electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is perfect for helping users frame a subject, even in bright sunlight. And for challenging low or high shots, the HS50EXR has a useful 3.0” variable-angle 920k dot LCD screen that folds out and flips around for easy viewing and shooting.

Full HD Movie 1080p/60fps with continuous phase detection AF and stereo sound   
The HS50EXR with built in stereo microphone is now the ideal camera for the budding cinematographer. Thanks to the EXR CMOS II sensor, the HS50EXR is capable of full HD movie recording (1080p) at up to 60 frames per second. Connect an external microphone to the dedicated input and you can get amazing sound to rival the image quality. If you want to be more creative you can record lower resolution movies at up to 480 frames per second*5 – and capture some amazing slow motion action. The Phase Detection pixel technology and scene recognition modes also work while recording movies to ensure that your video stays sharply focused on the subject.       

Artistic shooting effects
The HS50EXR features several Film Simulation Modes. Users can choose from ten different modes which simulate the effects of traditional Fujifilm films, including color reversal film effects (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA), as well as create Multiple Exposures by combining two separate subjects into one photo.

The HS50EXR also features Advanced Filter functions including:

  • Pop Color – emphasizes contrast and color saturation
  • Toy Camera – create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
  • Miniature – adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect
  • Dynamic Tone – create a fantasy effect by dynamically-modulated tonal reproduction
  • Partial Color – retain one selected original color and change the rest of the photo to black and white
  • High Key – enhance brightness and reduce contrast to lighten tonal reproduction
  • Low Key – create uniformly dark tones with few areas of emphasized highlights
  • Soft Focus – blur the focus of the image edges to create a softer effect

Within the FinePix HS-Series, Fujifilm is also introducing the new FinePix HS35EXR. The HS35EXR features a 16MP ½-inch EXR CMOS Sensor and 30X manual zoom to offer tremendous versatility at a great value.

FinePix HS50EXR Key features:

  • FUJINON 42x optical manual zoom (F/2.8-5.6 24-1000mm*2) with Optical Image Stabilization, and up to 84x with Intelligent Digital Zoom
  • 16MP ½” EXR-CMOS II sensor with Phase Detection AF and EXR Processor II
    • Intelligent Hybrid AF : 0.05 seconds; world’s fastest *1
    • Continuous shooting:11fps at full resolution (max 5 frames), 5.5fps at 8M  
    • Start-up time of 0.5 seconds*3
    • Shooting interval of 0.5 seconds
    • 108 EXR Auto shooting patterns
  • Full HD movie 1080P/60fps with continuous phase detection AF and stereo sound
  • 3.0” Variable-Angle LCD screen (920K-dot)
  • High Resolution EVF (920K-dot) with eye sensor
  • “Q” button for direct control of settings
  • Super Macro to 0.39”
  • Manual exposure control (P/S/A/M modes)
  • Focus Peaking function on the LCD screen
  • RAW shooting (RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG image capture modes)
  • Advanced Filters
  • External microphone input (microphones sold separately)
  • Hotshoe attachment for the use of external flash
  • Lithium Ion battery with up to 500 shots per charge

FinePix HS35EXR Key features list:

  • FUJINON 30x optical manual zoom (F/2.8-5.6 24-720mm*2), and up to 60x with Intelligent Digital Zoom
  • 16MP ½” EXR CMOS sensor
  • Full HD movie 1080p/30fps with stereo sound
  • 3.0” Tilting LCD screen (460K-dot)
  • High Resolution EVF (920K-dot) with eye sensor
  • Super Macro to 0.39”
  • Manual exposure control (P/S/A/M modes)
  • RAW shooting (RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG image capture modes)
  • 6 Advanced Filters (TOY CAMERA /  MINIATURE / POP COLOR / HIGH-KEY / DYNAMIC TONE / PARTIAL COLOR )
  • Hot shoe attachment for the use of external flash
  • Lithium Ion battery with up to 600 shots per charge

*1 Fujifilm research as of November 2012. Compared with other compact digital cameras based on CIPA standards and conducted in High Performance mode at the maximum wide-angle position with AF-area mode set to center position. Comparison models include the Canon EOSKissX6i, EOS5DMarkⅢ, SX40HS, SX260HS, Nikon D7000, P510, L810, Nikon1 Olympus OM-D, XZ-1 Panasonic GX1, LX5, TZ30, Sony NEX-7, NEX-6, α77, RX100 and HX30V.
*2  35mm format equivalent
*3  Fujifilm research based on CIPA standards in High Performance mode
*4   Fujifilm research based on CIPA standards
*5   High Speed Movie can be recorded at the following speeds and sizes:
     480fps (320 x 112 pixels), 240fps (320 x 240 pixels), 120fps (640 x 480 pixels)

Pricing and Availability
The FinePix HS50EXR and HS35EXR will be available in March 2013 at the price of $549.95 and $399.95 respectively.

Fujifilm HS50EXR and HS35EXR specifications

 Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXRFujifilm FinePix HS35EXR
Price
MSRPUS: $549.95
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 Processor IIEXR
Color filter arrayRGB color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (6400 and 12800 with boost)
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYesYes (1)
Image stabilizationOpticalSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 )
  • RAW (RAF format)
  • RAW+JPEG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–1000 mm24–720 mm
Optical zoom41.7×30×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F5.6
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (20x)Yes (2x)
Manual focusYesYes (Still and Movies)
Normal focus range45 cm (17.72)
Macro focus range0 cm (0.15)1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulatedTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD monitor with Sunny Day mode
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution920,000
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)Yes (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-timerYesYes (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 (60 fps)1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMonoStereo
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included20 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini)
Remote controlYesYes (Optional RR-80)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLi-ion NP-W126 battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)500
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

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Comments

Total comments: 58
kforever
By kforever (11 months ago)

Had tried by my self. Very good camera in his class, sharpness also better than older HS, also color balance very good. Near to X-Series.

The importance is the AF speed. Very fast !!! still in the room, this is very fast super zoom i ever tried. Handling operational, very similar to DSLR entry level. Convenient to handle.

With optical image stabilizer lens shift, lower speed can be done without tripod in wide position. I will post mine later in my gallery.

Need to be improved with this HS50EXR or next model are :
1. Bulb time. Love this feature.
2. Aperture range must be reduced such as 2.8 - 4 or 2.0 - 2.8 *hope this so much
3. Film Simulation Pro Nega. Really like this in X-Pro1.
4. Considered to make Battery Grip. W126 is big enough, but need more when in photo hunt without open Tripod's pad and battery case.
5. Coating is better than older HS, but still need to be improved.
6. Digital Split Image using Phase Detection like X100S.
7. Add dedicated button for AF point.

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kforever
By kforever (11 months ago)

check this out : http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5656873111/albums/finepix-hs50exr-kf

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Nafees A Bazmi
By Nafees A Bazmi (11 months ago)

excellent zoom
i enjoyed mine of panasonic FZ30 !!
superb macro... miss it a lot :(

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Hank the Tank
By Hank the Tank (Mar 10, 2013)

Does this camera have a date and time stamp?
also, can the date and time stamp print on the photos and video image?

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Paul Houston
By Paul Houston (Apr 23, 2013)

You can set the camera for a permenant date or date & time stamp in photos but not in video.

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tron555
By tron555 (Mar 3, 2013)

If Fuji (or any company) could/would manufacture a 1-inch (or slightly smaller) sensor with a 24–224 mm, F2.0 – F4.0, high quality lens with sharp images and great IQ, I would be all over it! If anyone could do it, Fuji might be able to since they make their own sensors and lenses. I hope it happens but not holding be breath, but that would be a perfect camera for me all my needs. So far, all bridge cameras with pinhead sensors basically suck (big time) when it comes high resolution/sharp images.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Feb 4, 2013)

Can someone remind me why an average consumer needs a 1000mm lens? This just seems like an exercise in seeing how big a lens you can fit on a small sensor camera.

I would much rather see a smaller zoom range and an F2.8 lens throughout. The Panasonic FZ200 is a much much better choice.

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daza
By daza (Feb 20, 2013)

The Fz200 is for people who only cares about low light performance, the FZ200 doesnt have manual zoom ring, advanced controls or even a profesional body. 600mm is good but 1000mm is almost twice better for birds. The fuji Hs50exr has an exr sensor it means twice the dinamic range, perfect for landscapes.

Plus The hs50 is perfect for moon pics.

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bb42
By bb42 (Mar 12, 2013)

An _average_ consumer would rarely need more than 300 mm - so why invest in the size of a bridge cam in the first place?

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Vested
By Vested (Mar 26, 2013)

Why? Gee, maybe because they want more magnification.

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skaterkid1977
By skaterkid1977 (Feb 2, 2013)

I am looking for a new camera. Is this a good one?

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Shunda77
By Shunda77 (Apr 2, 2013)

Of course it's good! it's in the name! SUPER zoom baby!!

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JohnDWewege
By JohnDWewege (Jan 16, 2013)

Wonder how the HS50 compares with the X-S1?

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 17, 2013)

There are plenty of threads on that already on the Finepix Forum. Of course, we can only theorize re. the HS50 EXR's performance at this point. Everyone is hoping that the launch will not be a recurrence as to what has happened to the X-S1.

"Pricing and Availability

The FinePix HS50EXR and HS35EXR will be available in March 2013 at the price of $549.95 and $399.95 respectively."

Great prices, Fujifilm says March release date, but I read someplace that it might actually happen by the very end of February.

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JohnDWewege
By JohnDWewege (Jan 16, 2013)

Is a 1/2"better than 2/3" sensor? And is a Manual zoom better?

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 17, 2013)

1. No, the 2/3-inch diagonal sized sensors are MUCH BETTER FOR IMAGE QUALITY than the 1/2-inch sensors are, all other factors being held constant.

2. A Manual zoom for most folks is ALWAYS BETTER than a servo-only zoom. The better video camcorder lenses have both -- you can turn the zoom ring manually on the lens, by hand, or else operate the rocker button to zoom in and out via the servo motor.

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bb42
By bb42 (Jan 9, 2013)

Good to see the Fuji Bridgecam line continues. It's a bit sad that the column of useful buttons left of the screen have been droped compared to the HS30, but the new sensor and quicker processing give hope for an improvement in these more important aspects.
I have used the HS10 and HS30 and was not so impressed by the sensor of the latter, but I will definitely follow Fuji with this model.

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2013)

Had to forego the X-S1 due to its myriad of birth-pain problems, and I don't hold my breath for a model X-S2 replacement soon. So, this one may be it for a while longer from Fuji. Looking for video capabilities, but only Panasonic seems to be making cameras that are top-notch for video, also some Canikon models. Sonys are also good, provided you can live with their horrid interframe Long GOP predictive-frame AVCHD codec.

Advantages of FinePix HS50 EXR:

New sensor, new processor -- hoping for the best from both.

New hybrid AF -- on paper, indeed world's fastest.

Amazingly spec'd zoom lens, provided it is not the same design & build quality than went into the X-S1.

Manual zooming, manual focusing in video mode.

1080p video codec (features list it as 1080p60), specs list it as 720p60. Anyhow, if you can only record at 60p in 720-mode and maybe in 1080 mode, then that is no too good -- unless Fuji also gives you the lower frame rates of 24p, 24p, and 30p. Specs say nothing.

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Paul Houston
By Paul Houston (Apr 23, 2013)

"1080p video codec (features list it as 1080p60)"
It has 1080p60
The movie set-up menu offers 1920x1080-60fps, 1280x720-60fps, 640x480-30fps, 320x240-240fps and 320x112-480fps

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2013)

Questions re. HS500 EXR:

Will it be able to let users adjust manual ISO, iris, shutter speed while in video mode -- or not. (My bet: not.)

Fuji's specs are moot not only on bitrate, but recording frame rates as well. I suspect video bitrate will be pretty dismal, like maybe 17Mbit/sec. I don't even think it would be as high as 24Mbit. 60fps is listed only for 1280 x 720 mode. And at 80fps, you are down to 640 x 480 resolution videos, ha-ha-ha-ha.

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Paul Houston
By Paul Houston (Apr 23, 2013)

I don't see any ISO or iris selection option in video mode.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2013)

Things I don't like:

Dedicated video START/STOP button is almost touching the flip-out screen. Since I would be using a 2x LCD magnifier loupe on the LCD screen, once I mount that, I would not be able to reach the start button too good. Hopefully you can start/stop video recording when mode dial is in video mode using the regular topside shutter button.

EVF is only 1/4-inch in size, whereby X-S1 EVF is 1/2-inch. Good luck using this one. And a 920K resolution EVF is considered mighty low rez these days.

Finally, external microphone jack is only the dismal 2.5mm type, so unless you like to break your flimsy mic jack into the camera, you probably need to find one that uses the standard 3.5mm thick ext. mic jack. That one is about 4-times as sturdy as the 2.5mm type that Fuji had decided to use here.

I guess I'll wait and see if 2013 or 2014 will bring an XS-1 replacement from Fuji.

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bb42
By bb42 (Jan 9, 2013)

Quite picky - if you wait for the next model what will you be shooting your vilms with? The manual zoom has no alternative on the market, so if you're serious with your hobby/work you choose the latest model, if it provides some benefits on the predecessor.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 11, 2013)

Based on the bad component cameras that came out of Fujifilm of Japan during the past 18 months or so.... I no longer give any credence to their flashy press announcements. Or anyone else', for that matter. I can certainly purchase a copy and do my own intricate testing with it before the 30 or 60-day return period is up.... or else let DP Review and others imminently more qualified do the field testing for me.

According to the press release, they fixed up the hardware problems with the new HS50 EXR's sensor/processor that were pestering the previous models (X-S1, etc).

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Paul Houston
By Paul Houston (Apr 23, 2013)

Other than the dedicated video button there is no other button to start video.

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jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (Jan 8, 2013)

I am not very confident that Fuji's efforts in research and development and inventions are very fruitful in their end product due to poor quality control. White Orb Issues, Too much CAs, jpeg artifacts, soft except for "cluster line patterns" in photos are sporadically present in Fuji cameras. But, though inferior in spec. sheet Panasonic, Canon cameras deliver better output.

I hope/drool fuji delivers good output overall and nail the coffin of other bridge cameras. But I insist fuji to concentrate more in output quality than the fantasies of out of world inventions.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2013)

Cannot really get this one until someone else does some thorough testing of the HS50 EXR. I want it for the phenomenal zoom range and mostly for video, but from the press release it does not seem this thing is any better than all the Fuji-cams in video mode: all auto, all the time. If there is no manual control in video mode, I have to pass on it. Would be a crying shame, too.

I'm not holding up much hope for an X-S2, either, after the mess that had befallen the X-S1. I hope I am proven wrong, because a nice 26 to 30x range Fujinon zoom lens mated to a 2/3-inch EXR CMOS II sensor Fujifilm camera would be a dream coming true.

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jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (Jan 9, 2013)

Francis Carver,
Amen.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2013)

Well, I called Fujifilm USA just to double check, and like with all of the other Fuji-cams, when using the HS50 EXR in video mode, you will NOT be able to adjust ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.

All AUTO, all the time, in other words. Since the immense zoom lens has variable maximum wide open aperture ring instead of a constant aperture design, this means that when you zoom in or out and the light level changes in your frame as a result, the Fuji-cam will automatically change the iris or something else like ISO and/or shutter speed, to compensate. So, the result in video will still look just as cheesy if you had shot the thing with an all AUTO $150 job. If you could at least set iris manually, I might have swung for it.

Fuji does not publish video recording bitrate information, either, although the chap "thought" that the camera may be recording video at about 30Mbit/sec. Lastly, the Fuji chap had no idea when this thing would be shipping at all.

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bb42
By bb42 (Mar 12, 2013)

For more hands-on information you might want to learn japan.
Or, if the features you ask are so obvioius, motivate competitors to jump in the gap.

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SH Photo
By SH Photo (Jan 8, 2013)

Any idea what the bit-rate is for the video?

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SamTruax
By SamTruax (Jan 8, 2013)

I was wondering that myself. The X20 is 36 Mbps but I don't think this one will be that good...different sensor and processor. If it is at least up to 24 o r28 then it might be decent.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2013)

Fujifilm does not publish video recording data rates, and neither does Canon for the most part. And if you call them, they still won't tell -- maybe because CS also hasn't a clue.

I seriously doubt 36Mbit/sec with any Fuji camera, since they themselves do not state any recording bitrate in their own specs.

http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x20/specifications/

There is nothing out there, except some top-end Canikon DSLRs, that have better selection of quality video codec's than Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 has. The issue with that one is the poor lens line-up.

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stevens37y
By stevens37y (Jan 9, 2013)

You make a video and can check the bit rate in file metadata.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2013)

Yes you can, Steven. Or else you can let the camera manufacturer do this work in the first place, and simply check it in the openly published specifications. The ones making good quality video-capable digital cameras seem to do this as a routine.

I was told this morning by a Fuji CR person that he thinks the Fujis do about 30Mbi/sec, but of course the only way to find this out for sure, like you had suggested, would be to actually purchase the camera first and then test for the recording bitrate.

For me, I would prefer the manufacturer itself do this for me, so I would already know this for me crucial data BEFORE laying my money down for one.

Unfortunately, seem that you cannot manually adjust aperture, ISO, and shutter speed for video clips, so regardless how amazing the zoom lens is, you will be at the mercy of the camera. Frankly, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 sounds like a better deal, as you can adjust everything manually with that one if you like.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Jan 8, 2013)

Great job Fuji. Time to put nails on competitor's coffin.

Faster AF and STS on top of much faster framing because of excellent manual zoom. The miles gap in handling and framing just gets farther.

OIS, Focus peaking, Hybrid AF, Faster STS, and possible fast aperture on 600mm-720mm so it's time to shine.

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Dave Blair
By Dave Blair (Jan 8, 2013)

could this be Fuji's answer to the Panny FZ200? The HS30 certainly was not a competitor.. The bigger sensor and manual zoom is appealing.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Jan 8, 2013)

Competitor in what? Handling,ergonomics, build for HS30. Video for FZ200, IQ is same, sometimes FZ is horrible. Constant aperture for FZ200. So they are equal in terms of features but HS30 is overall better in terms of price/performance.

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isb_deep
By isb_deep (Jan 7, 2013)

I wonder if the EVF is the same as the one in HS30EXR?

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steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Jan 7, 2013)

Can it be true that the rear LCD screen and internal EVF actually have the same 920K dot resolution?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jan 7, 2013)

"high-end superzooms"

Are you sure they are high-end? What is X-S1 then?

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Revenant
By Revenant (Jan 8, 2013)

It's part of the X series, which is soaring above the high-end. :D

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2013)

Fujifilm X-S1 is an unfortunate product that came out looking great on paper, but ended up letting just about everyone down. They finally managed to 'fix" it -- well over a year after its launch. I would like to say that there will be an X-S2 that should actually be problem-free from the get-go, but I suspect there will not be one. So, the top-end Fuji-cam in the manual zoom ring category might very well be this HS50 EXR model.

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Revenant
By Revenant (Jan 10, 2013)

Well, the higher you go the harder you fall, I guess.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Jan 7, 2013)

1" sensor please!

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bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 8, 2013)

This class of camera depends on tiny sensors. Otherwise the cameras would be too big, too heavy, or lose zoom range.

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MarioV
By MarioV (Jan 8, 2013)

I'd be interested in seeing a 1/1.7" superzoom even. Noone else has done it. It might be the best compromise between IQ and reach.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2013)

2/3-inch sensor (a la X-S1), please!!!!

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bb42
By bb42 (Jan 9, 2013)

Larger sensor meant much larger lens - the XS1 is much heavier than a basic DSLR, and that will be one of the reasons they do not sell that much. They're not doing it for religious reasons after all, it's a business.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 11, 2013)

The X-S1 is not selling well because it is HEAVY??? You crack me up. man.

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posterman
By posterman (Jan 27, 2013)

On the subject of camera weight, yes I think bb42 is correct.
I have a Panasonic FZ50 and was seriously considering upgrading to the X-S1 but it is quite a bit heavier than the FZ50 and much heavier than the Panasonic FZ200. For me, weight is an important consideration. Weight aside, the X-S1 was a joy to handle with an excellent EVF. I just hope the HS50 (which is lighter) can match the X-S1 on most criteria. If it can, then that's the camera I'll get to replace my FZ50.

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Jan 7, 2013)

This looks like a good all-around camera for someone who doesn't want to get into DSLR's, though it still rests on it's IQ. If there is any benefit from the new sensor, that long zoom range might be interesting to use, though images usually get so soft it's like using a teleconverter. When someone gets one of these right, it would be great for birding.

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bobbarber
By bobbarber (Jan 8, 2013)

I see good bird photos out of this class of camera. I like the DOF.

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Jan 8, 2013)

It's been a long time waiting for someone to get it right.

X-S2, maybe. 2/3 inch D-Tran sensor with PDAF and hopefully no droopage, purple veil, decent AF and IS even at max zoom. If not, then FZ250 with decent high ISO performance. We live in hope.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 9, 2013)

For some reason, I just doubt there ever will be an X-S2. If there will be, it will probably have a 2/3-inch diagonal sensor. Better yet would be to wait a year or so, and then have Fuji come out with a 1-inch sensor X-series "superzoom," even though the zoom range using a 1-inch sensor might not be much over 8x or 10x, probably not over 12x for sure. But that would still rake it in for them (Fujifilm) in the $$$ department, big time.

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bb42
By bb42 (Jan 9, 2013)

It makes sense to have both a bridgecam and a DSLR, and even to carry them both on a journey, and take the one with you depending on the situation.
My experience, on the occasion of the arab spring, for everything that involves surprising situations nothing beats this kind of manual zoom.
As an example, this picture was shot with the HS10:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Palmaria_bengasi_1903_0612_b1.jpg

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Almeida
By Almeida (Jan 7, 2013)

A bit expensive...

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bb42
By bb42 (Mar 12, 2013)

So this is just the model to attract you, look at the dozen or so of cheaper bridge offers from the same brand and you might get happy...

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