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The Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR features a 42x optical zoom lens equivalent to 24mm wide-angle zooming all the way to 1000mm at the telephoto end. A 16 megapixel EXR CMOS II sensor features hybrid auto focus, and optical image stabilisation is built in, as well as a 3inch vari-angle tilting screen.
The Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR features an impressive 42x optical zoom lens, with the lens starting at a wide 24mm equivalent zooming all the way to 1000mm equivalent at the telephoto end.
Included is Full HD video with stereo sound, a mic socket, and adjustable microphone level. High speed 11fps continuous shooting at full resolution. Manual controls, RAW shooting, P/A/S/M modes, manual focus with peaking and focus ring surrounding the lens. On top is a flash hot-shoe.
On the back is a 3inch (920k dot) tilting / swivelling screen to allow self portraits as well as tilting up and down for varied angles, and an EVF (920k dot) with eye-detection sensor to automatically switch to the EVF when the camera is held up to your eye.
- 16mp 1/2inch EXR II CMOS sensor
- 42x optical zoom lens, 24-1000mm equivalent, f/2.8 - f/5.6
- Lens shift optical image stabilisation
- 3inch 920k dot vari-angle screen
- EVF 920k dot, with eye-detection sensor
- Hybrid AF Sensor
- Manual zoom barrel, RAW shooting
- Full HD Video at 60fps, stereo sound
- ISO100-12800 (6400 M, 12800 S)
- 1cm macro mode
- EXR: DR: Dynamic Range, HR: High Resolution, SN: Low Noise modes
- Electronic level
The camera has a large rubberised grip with a deep recess for your fingers and on the rear is a good sized section of rubber grip for your thumb, as well as a large rubber ring around the lens to aid grip and zoom control. There’s another textured area on the left of the camera, however this is simply textured plastic and the plastic on the camera has a soft touch to it. On the same side as the main grip is the memory card slot, and underneath is the battery compartment. On top is exposure and drive buttons.
Surrounding the lens is a large manual zoom ring, and closer to the body is a focus ring, for manual focusing. A switch on the left of the camera lets you switch between manual, continuous and single focus, with the button in the middle letting you zoom in when using manual focus. If you hold the button you can switch between standard focus and focus peaking – the focus peaking mode has a neat bar at the bottom that shows you how much of the image is in focus, with a dot signifying optimum focus, and this aids focus. Unfortunately the focus ring and button do nothing else, unless you are in manual focus mode, it would have been clever if you could use the ring to change aperture or shutter in manual mode, instead the rear command wheel is used for this and you press the +/- exposure button to switch between aperture and shutter.
Also on this side is the mic / USB / remote and HDMI sockets, as well as the manual pop up flash button.
A small petal shaped lens hood is provided and the camera has a 58mm filter thread at the front, that does not rotate when the lens is zoomed in or focused.
A Q button gives quick access to options on the rear screen, and next to this is an Evf/LCD button, although the EVF also features an eye-detection sensor and dioptre adjustment. On the other side of the EVF is a dedicated video button that can be used in any mode, and easily reached by your thumb. AE/AF lock, 4-way controller with Fn, Flash, Macro, Timer, and middle Menu/OK, with display/back and playback buttons underneath. The fn button can be customised.
The screen tilts and rotates and can be closed for protection, but is not a touch screen. Despite the plastic body the camera feels well built with good battery and memory compartment covers, although surprisingly for a relatively large camera, the tripod thread is plastic. There is one custom position on the mode dial.
Menus – The menus are clearly laid out with the photo options in a set of red colour coded menus, setup menus in blue, with playback in green. In playback you can mark photos for upload to Facebook, Youtube and MyFinePix, and there are also a number of ways you can search for photos. Photo options include settings for colour, tone, sharpness, noise reduction, dynamic range, microphone level, as well as electronic level to name a few.
Battery – A 7.2v 1260mAh (typical) rechargeable lithium-ion battery is included which is rated for 500 shots according to Fujifilm / CIPA testing.
Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Fujifilm FinePix HS50||Sony RX100|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.2||0.3|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.2||0.3|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.3||2.2|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||1.1||0.9|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.1||2.1|
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
|10fps (6 shots)||7fps (speed priority mode, 15 shots)|
|Continuous Shooting - Flash||N/A||1.6s|
|Continuous Shooting - RAW||6fps (5 shots)||4fps (13 shots)|
Shooting RAW limits some of the shooting options and continuous shooting speeds available (11fps available shooting JPEG, 6fps shooting RAW), as well as some of the settings available, such as dynamic range bracketing and film simulation bracketing which are only available when shooting JPEG.
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Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Sample Photos
Cow DSCF1298 | 1/220 sec | f/5.6 | 106.8 mm | ISO 100
Cow Zoom DSCF1300 | 1/120 sec | f/5.6 | 185.0 mm | ISO 160
Wide | 1/600 sec | f/5.0 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
Aston Martin | 1/900 sec | f/7.1 | 17.3 mm | ISO 400
Wide, Perth | 1/600 sec | f/5.0 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
Sample Photos - Colour is good with bright saturated colours and you can enhance these using one of the Fujifilm film modes, including Velvia for increased saturation and richness, or Astia for a softer effect. Flash performance is good with no signs of red-eye although it's worth keeping an eye on the (Auto) ISO setting as the camera often increases the ISO setting when using flash.
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Lens test images
Wide | 1/800 sec | f/4.5 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
12x optical zoom | 1/800 sec | f/5.0 | 47.3 mm | ISO 100
23x optical zoom | 1/900 sec | f/5.6 | 92.0 mm | ISO 200
42x optical zoom | 1/280 sec | f/5.6 | 185.0 mm | ISO 100
Trees | 1/800 sec | f/3.2 | 4.4 mm | ISO 400
Lens Performance - The lens shows low vignetting, purple fringing and chromatic aberration which is impressive considering the amount of zoom on offer. Macro performance is impressive with the camera focusing on subjects just 1cm away from the front of the lens. There is very little barrel distortion at the wide end, and little pincushion distortion at the telephoto end of the lens which is good. Lens flare is noticeable when shooting with the sun in the frame, however the provided lens hood helps avoid this occurring regularly. The camera provides good levels of detail, particularly at the wide-angle end of the lens, although detail noticeably drops when using the lens at the full telephoto end of the lens.
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR ISO test images
1/480 sec | f/5.0 | 13.8 mm | ISO 6400
1/950 sec | f/5.0 | 13.8 mm | ISO 12800
ISO Noise Performance - ISO settings range from ISO100 to ISO3200, at full resolution with RAW available. At ISO6400 and ISO12800 RAW isn't available, and images are resized to 8 and 4 megapixels respectively. Noise is very low at ISO100, with a slight increase at ISO200. At ISO400 noise increases a little again, and detail drops a little. At ISO800 and ISO1600 noise increases again and detail suffers as a result, although images should still prove useful. At ISO3200 noise becomes strong and detail suffers noticeably. The ISO6400 results are decent and should provide useable images for use on the web. ISO12800 is best avoided.
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR White-balance test images
Fluorescent Preset 1 | 1/4 sec | f/5.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 200
White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well under Tungsten and Fluorescent lighting, with the Tungsten preset giving a slightly more natural result under Tungsten lighting. The fluorescent presets give a colour cast and it's best to stick to AWB.
Panoramic | 1/450 sec | f/8.0 | 4.4 mm | ISO 200
Panorama mode - Panoramic mode lets you choose 120/180/360 and 360 circular(?) with the camera auto stitching the image as you hold the shutter button and pan the camera around.
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Other sample images
DR100 | 1/500 sec | f/2.8 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
DR200 | 1/480 sec | f/2.8 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
DR400 | 1/500 sec | f/2.8 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
DR800 | 1/850 sec | f/3.2 | 4.4 mm | ISO 200
DR1600 | 1/800 sec | f/4.5 | 4.4 mm | ISO 400
In normal shooting modes DR expansion can be set to 100, 200 and 400%. Using the EXR DR mode, this can also be set to 800 and 1600% with a noticeable improvement in dynamic range as can be seen in the examples above.
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Digital filters
Astia | 1/800 sec | f/5.6 | 12.4 mm | ISO 100
Black And White | 1/850 sec | f/5.0 | 12.4 mm | ISO 100
Dynamic Tone | 1/800 sec | f/6.4 | 12.4 mm | ISO 200
Hikey | 1/280 sec | f/4.0 | 12.4 mm | ISO 100
Low Key | 1/800 sec | f/8.0 | 12.4 mm | ISO 100
Miniature | 1/800 sec | f/5.6 | 12.4 mm | ISO 100
Pop 1/850 sec | f/5.0 | 12.4 mm | ISO 100
Sepia | 1/800 sec | f/5.0 | 12.4 mm | ISO 100
Soft | 1/850 sec | f/5.6 | 12.4 mm | ISO 200
Standard | 1/800 sec | f/5.6 | 12.4 mm | ISO 100
Toy | 1/800 sec | f/5.0 | 12.4 mm | ISO 100
Velvia | 1/800 sec | f/5.6 | 12.4 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - The camera has a number of options when set to advanced filter mode, with multiple exposure, pro low-light, pro focus, and filters including: toy camera, miniature, pop colour, high key, low key, dynamic tone, soft focus, and partial colour (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). There are two scene positions on the dial so you can choose your favourite two.
Video - 1920x1080, 60fps, 1280x720, 60fps, 640x480, 30fps, 640x480 HS 120fps, 320x240 240fps, 320x112 240fps. It’s also possible to take photos while recording videos, and it takes a 16:9 aspect ratio photo (1920x1080 resolution). You can also adjust the microphone level. Using the optical zoom while recording can be difficult due to the stiff zoom ring, although mounting the camera on a tripod should help - there are additional examples on our ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.
Value For MoneyThe Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR is available for around £400, and is up against the Fujifilm X-S1 with 26x optical zoom lens around £400, Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 with 50x optical zoom lens, £295, the Nikon Coolpix P520 with 42x optical zoom lens, £349, the Canon Powershot SX50 with 50x optical zoom lens £349, and Olympus SP-820 with 40x optical zoom lens £279.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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The Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR offers a wealth of features and impressive dynamic range.
Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR ProsEXR Dynamic range mode
Good battery life
Good colour reproduction
Tilting / Swivelling screen
Excellent macro performance
Full manual controls and RAW
Quick operation and focus
Can rate images out of 5 stars
Wide neck strap included
Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR ConsPlastic tripod mount
Image quality at telephoto end
Difficult to zoom smoothly with manual zoom ring
Size difference / compared to previous model
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Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.8 - f/5.6|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 1000mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS EXR (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size||1/2 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||920k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 12800|
|Video FPS||1080p 60fps, 720p 60fps|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Box Contents||Li-ion battery NP-W126, Battery charger BC-W126, Shoulder strap, USB cable, Lens hood, Lens cap and Lens cap cord, CD-ROM, Owner's manual|