Pros - Similar image quality comp w Canon SX10IS and G11. at 100-800 ISO.
- DSLR - like discrete controls to essential funct: WB, AF, AE, ISO.
- Manual zoom.
- B&W histogram before shooting.
- AA - type batt..
- The possi to attach filters and a hood.
Cons - No external (only built-in) TTL flash capability.
- Slow RAW shot--to-shot times, but not much different than the similarly recorded values offered by other bridge or hyper-zoom cameras.
Summary An excellent travel and vacation camera.The mistake many enthusiasts make when judging this camera is to expect DSLR quality due to the higher price.
Updated on May 26, 2010
Absolutely no Point-and-Shoot, "Bridge", or Hyper-Zoom currently available is expected to equal a DSLR, entry level or not, obviously because:
- a DSLR has a much larger sensor;
- a DSLR uses dedicated quality lenses.
The Fujifilm HS10 may be compared only with other cameras in its class. In its class it does very well, and it is a pleasure to use.
Pros Great Mega Zoom Lens, fast burst speed, full set of manual features,
Cons Slow shot to shot speed, low image quality, manual focus nearly unusable, unable to focus on objects in low contrast conditions. low light shooting capability not as good as expexted
Summary The hype preceding the release of this, Fuji Film's flagship Digital Camera, gave me every reason to expect a camera that could compete with the best of the entry level DSlR's currently available. Fuji's "Backlit imaged sensor" coupled with the fast 30x mega-zoom lens was going to give users the ability to capture high quality images in both normal and low light conditions. Unfortunately, the HS10 does not live up to expectations. After spending a couple of weeks with this camera, I was less than impressed. My first disappointment was the slow shot to shot speed of as much as 2-3 seconds. This coupled with the cameras lack of ability to quickly focus in situations where the contrast between an object and its surroundings are low, meant a lot of missed shots. In these low contrast situations, the user guide suggests you switch to manual focus. The manual focus system is nearly useless. The focus ring is about 1/4 inch wide and butted up against the camera body, making it hard to adjust and the focus magnifying box that is supposed to make it easier to see the image in the view finder actually makes it very hard to understand what you are looking at. Switching the magnifier off, gives you a strange slider that is supposed to indicate when the image is in focus. None of the manual images I shot were in anything near sharp focus.
Then there is Fuji's claim of great low light capability. I found that in most situations, shooting at ISO's over 400 resulted in image noise levels slightly better than my Nikon D300 DSLR. That being said, I wasn't able to duplicate Fuji's results as shown on their website. Noise levels become severe above ISO 800.
The camera shoots full 1080 HD video with full stereo sound by way of 2 small microphones on the camera body, one on either side of the lens mount. The lack of a jack for an external mic is an unfortunate oversight. The camera allows you to use the zoom while shooting movies, but the focus tends to drift and you cannot use manual focus while in video mode. When using image stabilization with the video,it seems to add little jerky spots where it's trying to compensate for the camera's movements. I found I got better results with this feature turned off.
The camera has an interesting and useful feature for producing in camera panoramic images. Once in panorama mode, you just push the shutter release and pan the camera and it captures a sequence of images and stitches them together to create one panoramic image. It's not perfect; there were some strange artifacts in the images, generally very minor. But the panoramas were quick and easy to produce.
Overall, the camera has a large feature set, a great zoom lens and could have been a real champion if it could just to the one thing a nearly $500.00 camera needs to do; produce high quality images.
Pros Very nice picture quality
Cons saves RAW slow
Summary For the money, you can't beat it. It is a very nice top-end point-and-shoot camera that has many cool features. If you are looking for a all-in-one point-and-shoot this is a great camera.
Very nice picture quality in low light setting, great all around camera that can handle most needs.
Pros Very good images, both photos and videos. Good colors, impressive stabilisator, good ergonomics, impressive zoom range. Overall: a good concept.
Cons The camcorder lacks a ¨pause button¨while recording: this is a mojor issue. Small glitches regarding the menu.
Summary Overall, this is a very good if not the best hybrid concept on the market. Ergonomics is good, though not perfect: one canot use the flash if the sound is muted (why not?). If the face detection is on, the AF option to follow a subject cannot be activated - but one have to go deep in the menu to desactivated it instead to have it from the instant AF button besides the screen.
But the most inconvenient issue is the lack of a ¨pause button¨ to record scenes, like we can find on any camcorder on the market. Here how it works: to record a scene with the camcorder, one has to press the red button, then the screen (or viewfinder) becomes black for 1-2 seconds long. Then the image shows but it starts to record immediately, taking you by surprise eache time. I called the technical support to get a firmware to solve this problem (please call if you are interested in).
It would not be a problem if you shoot a landscape or any non moving objects and you record long shots on a tripod, but it will certainly be a major issue if you want to record people or take many 3-4 seconds shots - a lot of editing will be necessary.
The zoom is fantastic: I could never imagined such a long range 24-710 mm for a zoom: not much aberration chromatics and pincushing, the are significant barrel distortion at wide angle (this quite normal). Noise is not an issus at ISO 800 and lower; but it is always there. Details are quite well rendered, not stellar (not better than the Panasonic FZ30, on the market in 2005).
Pros Image quality a lot better than my old Minolta S414. Zoom is spectacular, wide angle more than enough. Focal distance readable on zoom ring. Batteries NiMH2500 last very long. Dark shooting good results. Video quality HD1080 is outstanding.
Cons Evf not very useful so I switch it off because it keeps popping up when anything is near the vieuwfinder. When connected to PC it is impossible to delete photos, only copy. Need to delete one by one on camera, or format, or use external card reader.
Summary See above. You can shoot quick without much knowledge, or you can use all the manual controls and settings which are easy to use and well situated but need some knowledge. Takes some time to get familiar with everything because of the many options. But once you know, it goes all very fast. Some often used settings can be stored and called back with only the main rotary button. E.g. I store landscape and flower setting, and one mode with spot light meter. very handy camera, size and weight OK but does not fit in your pocket!