I've been waiting for this camera ever since I found out about it a month ago and flew down to the camera shop as soon as they told me it had arrived. I had read all the specs and seen the pics of the camera, and wanted to find out if it was all style and no substance, or if there really was a heart inside the beast. The shop owners opened the box for me to inspect, attached the screen protector, strap and lens cap string, and I took it for a spin before I even left the shop.
Before I say anything more, I'd better let you know my digital camera background. I've been using them ever since they first came out about 10 years ago. Sony DSC-30, Kyocera SL300 (world's first 3.3 fps limited only by size of memory card), Nikon S4, Canon 350D, Nikon s10, Nikon P90, Pentax k-x. In addition, I have always used mobile phones with cameras- xcute (world's first 3 mpxl mobile phone camera), SE k810, k850, Motorola ZN5, Samsung Innov8, SE Satio. So i've used a wide range of digital cameras.
1. Camera felt lighter than I expected, even with the 4 AA batteries in place.
2. Solid plastic, yet at the same time a little hollow.
3. Great grip- right side hand grip is deep and rubberised for gripping.
4. Thankfully the lens cap has a string attaching it to the shoulder strap- no chance of losing it or wondering where to put the cap when you take it off.
5. Lots of buttons at the back. Going to have to refer to the manual quite a bit.
6. The "chrome" ring on the bottom right feels a bit cheap. Though I guess use of plastic helps reduce the weight.
7. It's amazing how friendly store people can be once you buy something from them. I was dripping sweat- hot day, so they gave me a cup of water :)
8. The screen is beautiful. I can't say it enough. It's very clear and bright, even with screen protector on.
9. The lens has an INCREDIBLE zoom range- 24mm to 720mm (35mm format) and feels very smooth when you manually zoom.
10. Zooming ring has good grip, but the pattern isn't attractive.
11. Shop owner told me the lens is 58mm diameter- that's good because I can use my IR and UV filters.
12. Electronic view finder is ok, but I find for "bridge" cameras they tend to be small in size. Only the dslr's have eyepieces which are a good size which is comfortable for your eye. Ignoring the size, the EVF quality is good, and you may have read about the sensor next to it, which activates the EVF when you bring your eye to it. So the 3 inch LCD screen turns off and the EVF turns on when you bring your eye to the EVF.
What about the photos?
13. Really good. I've taken about 100 photos so far, mostly at night. You have to be quite steady, even with the shake reduction function on (there are 4 options for shake reduction!!!), especially at the maximum zoom. But if you are, then the photo is very very good and sharp. Not quite as sharp as the Pentax k-x, which is known for it's low light performance, but it's pretty damn good. It's certainly good enough for me. Colours seem accurate and bright. Focusing in good light was pretty fast. Focusing in low level light was slower. In poor light it might even hunt for 2-4 seconds and flash a focusing light. It takes about 1 to 3 seconds to save a photo, so it's not high speed unless you use that function.
14. The focusing is active. That is on auto, it will focus on faces, and even if those people are moving around, you can see the focus square remain glued to their face. My friends had to move side to side pretty fast for the HS-10 to lose the lock.
There are so many fancy functions on this camera that I have really only just scratched the surface of what this baby can do. But I'm very glad to say there is substance in the HS-10. If you are in the market for a bridge camera, the HS-10 should definitely be on your shopping list.
2010-05-18 - 12:51:48
Although I have only had the camera for a couple weeks I have only had the chance to go out and play with it a couple times not so I really have not put it through its paces. The zoom is excellent - there are a couple things that I am not all that sure about; example when in mid zoom and I take a shot the lens seems to move ever so slightly and take a different shot that the one I setup.. But like I said I am still in the testing stages.
Great camera for the average user. Probably not ideal for a pro.
2010-05-19 - 08:52:40
Very good photos in normal settings with enough room to try this or that on special settings (feels DSLR like). Zoom is amazing and you donít have the bulk like on a DSLR. It has the tendency to react sensitive to very bright sun light / reflection of leaves and water (filter would help).The low light performance is mind boggling good for a non SLR. If you are after a easy to use all-rounder with enormous zoom I think it is as good as it gets for that money and very hard to beat.
Battery low indicator comes in to early. Sensitivity in bright light (which can be worked out). Just do not compare with DSLR itís a fixed lens camera which is good. First firmware updates already out which is good if you know how to do it but bad is bad if you are a bit insecure with computer things. Camera is a bit heavy but you save not having extra lenses to carry (better go for a Panasonic LX3 if you like lighter with less zoom). Would I buy it again? In an wink of an eye so far. Anything more would make me an DSLR fanatic (donít want that anymore itís addictive and takes too much time out of my life). So if your profile fits mine go for it.
2010-08-12 - 06:48:29
Monkeyed with the HS10 for a week now and really an excellent camera. Was going to purchase from Amazon, but out of stock. Purchased from Crutchfield and they didn't haggle me to buy more accessories.
I've also used a Nikon 40D and a friend's Canon T1i. For the features and quality, I personally like the HS10 overall. Don't get me wrong, I like Nikons and Canons. I read several of the reviews and think the negative Reviewers are just pissed they overpaid for their camera(s) :)
Last week, I took several shots of the bluebonnets with the family. The pics were crisp and in some aspect the HS10 brought out details that a quick glance wouldn't have noticed. Zooming in or out the focus was quick and on target. The movable lcd is nice when shooting macro flowers at odd angles which I had the camera at near ground level. With the Auto and SR Auto (Scene Recognition) setting, the camera is able to really help beginners with their shots. Shooting at night when it was practically dark, the pic really came out well. The street light was several house down and the horizon still had a very small amount of sunlight. HS10 was able to capture a few stars and the horizon in the shot.
Played with the motion plus feature and the motion object has to be moving in the same direction. If the motion object repeats a former position like turning around, the camera's processor isn't able to stitch the motion object in the pic.
Final thought, I would recommend this camera as a primary camera for beginner to advance photographers. For Professional Photographers, this would be a good backup.
2010-09-29 - 10:46:42
Not a bad camera for a person who has just owned small point and shoot cameras but if you own a dslr I can see some of your gripes with it! I gave it 4.5 stars for it does have some strange operations but the zoom and lens on this camera is enough alone to me to give it this rateing. At first I wasn't sure about it but the more I used it the more I like it! Will it take the place of a dslr? No.
Likes: 24mm to 720mm lens.
Tilting lcd and very clear.
Able to use AA batteries.
SD card type.
Auto scene setting.
Large 3 inch disply.
Zoom bracket shooting.
Multiple video frame speed shooting(very cool)
Pictures are very nice.
One lens, No hauling other lenses around!
Cons: The flash is out to far to turn the zoom ring with out hitting it with your fingers?
If you delete a picture the camera takes you to the last shot you took! ( Crazy).
Zoom is jumpy ( not very smooth if you try to zoom slowly, might loosen up after use?)
Wright speed alittle slow.
Is the camera worth 500 bucks, NO (Price will drop over time.)
2010-10-06 - 18:40:29
Excellent Bridge Camera
First off, I'm upgrading from an older Canon S3 IS. I've never had interest in a Dslr, or the bag of glass needed to cover the range of this wonderful zoom lense. NO, you will not get the clarity of a high end large-sensor Dslr. But for someone looking for a family camera that can also allow you to play with some significant advanced features, and to reach out and capture long-range shots, this camera really fit's the bill. The fast-speed movie mode is fun to play with, and the HD video is pretty stunning. The manual zoom can make zooming in video a bit of a challenge, but you get used to it, but I find the manual zoom for photos to be much easier to handle than the typical electric zoom. I specifically wanted the AA compatibility, and I'm still on the first charge of NIMH 2700's after 300 images and some short vids. I don't use the EVF, so can't comment, but the screen, while being a bit lower res than some, is very clear and well articulated. With some practice, and a good reading of the manual, great shots can be had from this swiss-army knife of Camera's. I've been a Canon fan for a long time, but this fuji has won my vote.
2010-10-13 - 18:40:32
Robert E. Freese, Jr.
Fujifilm FinePix HS10
This is a decent camera. The main problem I have with it is that it is very slow. It does all the things Fuji claims it does...just be prepared for it to do them at its own pace. If you're used to DSLR cameras, this one will test your patience. But I wanted a camera that I could grab when I didnt want to take a lot of equipment somewhere, and this one does just that.
2010-10-21 - 11:27:37
good camera - but autofocus is messed up
Bottom line - this is a GREAT camera, but the autofocus takes time and missed the mark often, which is very annoying and my biggest gripe with it.
I guess it isn't fair to complain about it too much, because I am taking pictures in low light where this is especially a problem and with other cameras I wouldn't be able to do this at all... it's still annoying though.
2010-10-25 - 18:39:10
Wayne G. Gifford
Well worth the money
I am an avid amateur photographer who wanted to step up a notch to a megazoom camera without all the extra lenses. Some that I reviewed were Canon, Panasonic, Kodak and the Fuji HS10.
The Fuji HS10 on paper was the best of the bunch. It was ironic that while I was considering this camera, my last months issue of Popular Photography did a feature article on the Fuji and gave it pretty high marks across the board.
Once it arrived, I was impressed with its DSLR body and its durability. After putting the batteries in it, I was immediately taking photos without even reading the basic manual. I was impressed with the photo quality, click to capture speed, tilting LCD screen and the EVF with the electronic eye. The 30x optical zoom is top notch in this camera. Shooting at high ISO's, this camera has exceptionally low amounts of noise up to 800 and even for a amateur like myself,I could go higher without any issues. This camera even shoots video at 1080p. Now to the feature that really make this camera an outstanding value for the money. Fuji developed the new, Honeycomb-Shaped Super BSI Image Sensor. Didn't understand the technology jargon either until I read about it. For you techies, instead of conventional CCD with square pixel arrangements, Fuji's Super BSI has octagonal pixels situated at 45 degree angles. What Fuji claims is that the octagonal profile of the pixels increases sensitivity,improves signal to noise ratios, produces richer , true to life colors and excellent clarity. Although I'm still in the learning stage with this camera, because of all its features, I can say my photos have pop like I've never seen before.I have sampled some images taken with a 14 MP camera and I honestly believe my photos at 10 MP are sharper and the colors are brighter.
Just a couple more notes on this camera; definitely use the cd manual as it details all the options this camera has, the macro and super macro settings are exceptional, and on the downside, some features on the camera require you to hold a button and turn a knob at the same time, a bit awkward however, not impossible! This camera sets the new standard for megazoom point and shoots. Very happy Fuji HS10 owner.
2010-11-02 - 18:39:29
Tina from Brooklyn
Excellent camera for the price.
I bought this camera for its 30x zoom feature and have not been disappointed.
Have taken about 300 photos and think the Image Quality is excellent, esp. at full telephoto.
Camera feels comfortable (I have small hands) weight for the lens size but it is a bit awkard to turn the manual zoom lens and someone with large hands might have trouble. Did take me a bit of practice to get used to the manual zoom after using the buttons on my other superzoom cameras.
Macro images are wonderful, tack sharp. All full zoom photos are remarkably clear even without a monopod.
All features work well but I had trouble with the panorama shots. Couldn't get the right panning speed. Much easier to do with my Sony HX1.
Cons: Really annoyed that Fujifilm didn't include a printed instrucion manual and expect the buyer to print out a 170 page manual! Not consumer friendly at all.
Wish there was a single delete button on the camera rather than having to go thru a menu to delete photos.
My biggest complaint since I do a lot of cropping is it is a poorly designed function on this camera. The new cropped photo is placed at the end of all succeeding photos rather then immediately after the cropped photo. At the end of a long photo taking day, cropped photos may be many, many photos later for review. Real nuisance when compared to my Sony HX1 which makes it so easy to review cropped photos. Also needed to figure out how to do cropping since no zoom button to push and had to dig thru computer manual to get info.
2010-11-17 - 18:40:06
More than we hoped for
We had been trying to decide on whether or not to buy an SLR camera since last Christmas and had spent many hours online or speaking w/ store clerks and were still on the fence. When we finally found the HS10, It seemed to be a perfect fit. An advanced digital w/ a lot of the perks of a low-end slr. It definately was more than we had hoped for. In a short amount of time, we have familiarized ourselves with this camera and have taken some excellent pictures. We have a long way to go to learn all of the tricks but we are well on our way and the manual provides very good information on maximizing the tools that the HS10 has to offer. For the novice, like ourselves, it has definately gotten us more excited about photography and has provided us an easy to get started platform for diving into the hobby.
2010-11-23 - 18:42:37
Michael J. Costello
Fujifilm HS10 30x vs. Canon SX10IS 20x
I need a camera that takes clear photos of people at distances out to 500-yards. I bought the Fujifilm HS10 30x today and took it to a lake to take long range shots with it. I also brought along my Canon SX10IS 20x, which I bought last year. In order to compare apples to apples, I mounted both cameras on a heavy Monfrotto tripod with Monfrotto 501HDV head which gave me more than enough stability. I used the "Auto" settings on both cameras. I found that the Canon SX10 at 20x takes much better pictures at distances over 300-yards than the Fujifilm set at 30x. I'm very disappointed with the Fujifilm camera because it is no where near 30x as advertised - it is more like 15x. In any case, I'll continue to use my SX10IS until someone comes out with a compact zoom lens camera that is truly more powerful than 20x.