Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Review

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Review posted 09/03/2014

Quick Take
Pros
  • EXR Auto shooting mode provides bold and eye-catching images
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Non-EXR shooting modes provide less image noise 
  • Lens-Shift image stabilization is very helpful
  • 3.0-inch adjustable LCD screen is easy to see in all shooting situations
  • Great shooting performance
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Incredibly versatile
  • Mic Input for increased sound quality
  • HDMI output
Cons
  • Higher than normal image noise in most images. Especially when shooting in EXR Auto
  • Manual lens does not zoom smoothly
  • Burst shooting rates only last for a few images
Bottom Line
The Fuji FinePix HS50 EXR is a versatile dSLR alternative that allows you to carry just this camera, no extra lenses required. Fuji's EXR II system is very powerful and delivers bold images with a slightly high level of image noise. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Fujifilm's new flagship EXR camera, the HS50EXR boasts the world's fastest in-class autofocus (as of January 2013) as well as a 42x manually operated optical zoom and a 16-megapixel EXR-CMOS II image sensor. Thanks to Optical Image Stabilization and Phase Detection autofocus, extreme shots as well as Full HD movie recording are always crisp, in focus, and shudder free. Manual shooting controls and RAW image capture come straight from Fuji's pro dSLR cameras and, for those nervous about making mistakes, Focus Peaking (in manual mode) helps even the most novice shutterbug find true, sharp imagery in even then toughest shooting conditions.

If you like to enhance or stylize your photos, Fuji includes 10 film stock simulation effects, a multiple exposure mode, and Artistic Filters like Pop Color (which pushes contrast and saturates color), Toy Camera (which shades an image's borders), Miniature (an in-camera tilt-shit photography look), Dynamic Tone (creates a fantasy effect), Partial Color (which turns all but one selected color to black&white), High Key (enhances brightness and reduces contrast), Low Key (creates uniform dark tons and a few highlights), Cross screen (blasts starbursts around bright objects), and Soft Focus (like old school Hollywood movies).

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Features
  • 42x optical manual zoom (F/2.8-5.6 24-1000mm in 35mm equivalence) 
  • 16MP ½" EXR-CMOS II sensor
  • Phase Detection AF
  • EXR Processor II
  • 3.0" Variable-Angle LCD screen (920K-dot)
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF : 0.05 seconds
  • Continuous shooting:11 frames per second at full resolution (max 5 frames), 
  • 5.5 frames per second at 8M  
  • Start-up time of 0.5 seconds*3
  • Shooting interval of 0.5 seconds
  • 108 EXR Auto shooting patterns 
  • 1080/60i/30p HD movie recording with continuous phase detection AF and stereo sound
  • "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)
  • 10 Film Simulation Modes
  • Multiple Exposures
  • Advanced Filters
    • Pop Color
    • Toy Camera
    • Miniature
    • Dynamic Tone
    • Partial Color
    • High Key
    • Low Key
    • Soft Focus
  • External microphone input (microphones sold separately)
  • Hotshoe attachment for the use of external flash
  • Lithium Ion battery with up to 500 shots per charge
The FinePix HS50EXR is available a MSRP of $499.95. See our best price box at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • HS50EXR camera body
  • 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

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