My new Fuji HS30EXR
I must totally disagree with the first reviewer who complained that the camera he had(NOT even the HS30!) was cheap and plasticky.
It might have a similar lens,but Fuji have released a few superzooms lately on the market,and those at the bottom end may well be not as solidly made as the HSEXR series starting with the HS10,but all the cameras I have had have been very well made,and very solid.
As regards being "Made in China",they're still made in Japanese managed factories,and Japanese quality control,and indeed, more and more cameras are being made there,by various makers,and in fact Nikon now make most of the their lenses and DSLRs in Thailand.
I have owned various camera,film and digital,compacts,superzooms,and SLR's,Nikon,Canon,Panasonic,and have now had all the previous Fuji Superzooms,starting with the S602Z.
I owned the HS10 for a while,and the lens and pictures were great,I found it slow to use,so I sold it and bought the HS20EXR,which was faster to use,and had several internal improvements.I used this camera a lot,as it could tackle most things,produced some great prints for me,and it relegated my Pentax DSLR,and heavy bag,to the spare room.
When I saw a demonstration of the new HS30EXR on a shopping channel,with it's improved sensor,bigger EVF,better rear LCD,and the ability to increase the zoom lens to a massive 60x digitally,I decided I had to have it!
I sold both the DSLR,and the HS20,and the HS30 is a definite improvement,not massively admittedly,but improvements still.It's very speedy to start up,and take photographs,the flash recycles quicker,and the digital zoom really works,although some sort of support is recommended!Images are bright,sharp,and colourful,in EXR mode,and there's plenty of custom functions.
Write times for continuous shooting is greatly improved,whereas before the camera would "freeze" for quite a few seconds while the images were being saved.
Even "Raw" files load onto the card fairly quickly,so there's few delays in picture taking.
The more I use this camera,the more I like it!
Inevitably you will get the "pixel peepers",who probably never print a photograph,who think that unless you have a Nikon,or Canon,DSLR,and a bagful of heavy,expensive "glass",(lenses to the rest of us),you can't take a decent photograph.
This is patently rubbish,as I usually print A4s,after cropping,and a bit of editing,and if I put a print from the HS10/20/30 next to prints from my Canon, Pentax,and Nikon DSLRs,it is hard to tell them apart,and the non-photographic viewer certainly couldn't.
But the convenience of having an "all-in-one" package far outweighs,in my view,the very slight improvement a DSLR image might give you,not to mention the cost of comparable lenses!
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