Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)

  • Tilting 3.0-inch TFT color LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder with eye sensor
  • 16 million effective pixels 1/2-inch EXR CMOS processor with primary color filter and CMOS shift type image stabilizer
  • Fujinon 42x optical zoom lens with approx. 2.0x digital zoom (up to approx. 84x with 42x optical zoom)
  • Focal Length: f/4.4mm-185mm; Full Aperture: f/2.8-f/11 (Wide), f/5.6-f/11 (Telephoto)
  • Full HD Movie (1920x1080p/60fps) with stereo sound

The Fuji FinePix HS50EXR Digital Camera features a manual zoom mechanism for high precision zooming over the huge 42x focal length range (24-1000mm). Boasting stunning autofocus speeds of just 0.05 seconds thanks to Phase Detection pixels on its 1/2-inch EXR CMOS II sensor, this all-in-one camera is a high-speed performer and will capture images with stunning crisp quality. For image review and monitoring, both a rear LCD monitor and an eye-level electronic viewfinder are available. The 3.0-inch

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3 Responses to “Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)”
  1. Michael T. McCaffrey "sumofan" says:
    98 of 104 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR, March 20, 2013
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    Michael T. McCaffrey “sumofan” (Sterling, VA United States) –
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    This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)

    Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16 MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) I just received my Fujifilm HS-50. I had ordered a new charger and some spare batteries that arrived sooner today, so I had a chance to charge up before the delivery of the HS-50 and was ready to go on a few tests the minute I took it out of the box. THIS IS A GOOD CAMERA! I am more than pleased with the test shots: clear, well focused, the zoom is great. This should be a great camera for anyone wanting to not have to change lenses with changing requirements. Having had all the HS series cameras prior to this one, I can say this is a worthy update (zoom). I have always had great success with shots pleasing to me, particularly with the HS-30, and have no doubts whatsoever that the HS-50 will be perfect for MY needs/desires. NOW: I might have stated this with my review of the HS-30 previously, BUT: this is a camera with a 1/2 inch sensor. The pros out there might want more (I just sold off a DSLR with an APS-C sensor, 24mp, and all sorts of lenses due to NOT wanting to change lenses every time a great photo op came into being … photo ops don’t want to wait for lens changes … and, let’s face it, changing lenses (and risking getting dust on the sensor every time one lens is changed for another … been there) is an absolute pain in the posterior!). The HS-50, right out of the box, has a great solid feeling to it, a camera of substance. Compared to DSLRs I have owned, the weight of this thing is an absolute non-issue. I bought a CASE LOGIC SLR HOLSTER case (same kind I carried the HS-30 in, which was totally perfect) along with the HS-50. I also bought a B&W Clear Haze Filter. A previous excellent review mentioned the clumsiness of the CHARGER that comes with the HS-50, I totally agree. It has a wire that has to be plugged into the charger, a non-starter for travel. I bought the WASABI 2 battery set with a charger that plugs directly into the wall. The FUJI charger will be relegated to a box somewhere. The one test I haven’t done … yet … is to try to track a flock of geese in flight to test the write speed of this HS-50 vs the previous HS-30. I do want to say that I LOVE THE MANUAL ZOOM LENS!

    Few observations: If you want great shots that should be pleasing to you, this could very well be the camera you’re looking for. If you belong to a photo club where one’s status is often determined by the size/price of your lenses or how many megapixels are in your camera, then this will not put you at the head of the class, if that’s important to you. :-)

    Post processing: This means using software to “tweak” your pics (I routinely do this to all my pictures … whether from a DSLR or the FUJI). I find this adds that “finishing touch” that I personally love … everyone has different tastes. Just thought this might be worthy of mention.

    Lastly: Considering the price of the HS-50 vs. a DSLR and lenses, preferably quality lenses – and the fact this does not weigh anywhere near what a DSLR assemblage in a large case does … AND the fact one does not have to change lenses all the time … then I … personally … think this HS-50 is a steal.

    UPDATE: 3-21-13: No camera is ever fully adopted by me unless I take it out to my favorite park and give it the FULL WORKOUT, which I just did this morning. I believe I said this in my review of the HS-30 a year or so ago: buying a camera … any camera … is a subjective thing. No camera is satisfactory to everyone. The camera that IS satisfactory to YOU, the reader, is the one that does what YOU want it to, based upon your interests/desires/budget. After my gaggle of MANY DSLRs in the past, I always find myself returning to the HS series cameras. Why? “Bangs for the bucks!” The things do just about EVERYTHING in one easily transportable package that doesn’t break your neck/shoulders when “out there” taking pics. The HS50 performed, FOR ME, marvelously today … and I never had any doubts, based upon my prior experiences with the HS series in the past. There is one thing I feel like alerting buyers/would be buyers: be a bit careful of the ON/OFF switch. It appears a bit sensitive if you accidentally brush against it when moving the camera about. Everything worked fine today, and the ZOOM … that wonderful zoom … worked superbly. I got shots today that I NEVER would have gotten with the VERY expensive DSLRs I disposed of (without buying even more/increasingly highly expensive zoom lenses).

    Before buying ANY camera, ask yourself what you want to do with that camera, what are your realistic expectations … how much do you want to spend, when all is said and done … then you’ll make the right choice. AND: Whatever camera you do end up with, remember to CONSULT THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL when you…

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  2. Donald W. Dejarnette "EMA person" says:
    53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Nice Camera for General Use, Wildlife and Birding, March 15, 2013
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    This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)

    Review of Fujifilm HS50EXR

    This review is based on my experience with the Fujifilm HS series cameras (HS10,20,30 and 50) and represents my opinion and not necessarily scientifically tested fact. One should visit the Fujifilm forum (use a search engine because Amazon will not allow me to list the URL) to develop a better understanding of all of the features. Just be sure to ignore all of the trolls.

    Conclusion:
    The new Fujifilm HS50EXR is a very nice upgrade of the HS30EXR. I would give it 4 ½ stars if Amazon would allow. The best feature of this camera is the 42x (1000 mm eq.) F2.8-5.6 zoom lens. It is very sharp throughout its range. The next best feature is the very fast and accurate focusing. Fuji uses a new ½ inch sensor with phase detection pixels and contrast detection to quickly AND accurately focus the lens. All in all, a very nice wildlife, birding and general camera for a good price.

    The Good:

    - Whopping 42x (1000mm eq.) F2.8-5.6 zoom lens. Edge sharpness is good and purple fringing is all but eliminated by the EBC lens coating and the software.
    - Fast and accurate automatic focusing within the optical zoom range. Focusing accuracy is average to poor while in digital zoom.
    - Lens shift optical image stabilization is excellent and allows you to hand hold to 84x(42x optical, 42x digital).
    - The new processing system is much, much faster than the HS30EXR. Frame freeze is eliminated (so far).
    - Image quality is good and comparable to the HS30EXR but is still limited by the ½ inch sensor.
    - Space for your fingers above the lens has been provided to manually focus the camera.
    - The macro mode is outstanding and allows you to focus as close as one centimeter. Produces amazing insect photos.
    - Fuji’s color has always been outstanding and is so with this camera.
    - The EVF (Electronic View Finder) is very usable with 920 K dots and is my preferred method.
    - Excellent 920,000 dot articulated LCD display.
    - Very useful “Q” button that gathers all of your most changed settings in one place.
    - Three way switch on the side of the camera that allows you to change from Continuous, Single and Manual focus is very useful.

    The Average:

    - Manual focus is better, especially using focus peak highlight to strengthen high contrast outlines but I still yearn for my split screen as on my Nikkormat and no focus hunting.
    - I find that I only use EXR mode when the conditions are poor. In looking at my photos, I find I have good photos of poor conditions and usually do not use them.
    - Focusing accuracy is average to poor while in digital zoom.
    - The menu system needs to be better organized with like settings grouped together.
    - The manual needs to be expanded and organized, with actual explanations of the myriad of features and a usable index. It is not enough to just list the feature.
    - You should not have to go through menus to access RAW file mode. It should be one touch as on the earlier HS cameras.
    -As a Photoshop user, I find the SilkyPix included program to be very un-intuitive and almost useless.

    The Poor:

    - The battery door is an accident waiting to happen. It is poorly constructed of cheap, flimsy plastic, is difficult to open, and sure to break. What happened to the old HS battery door that was well constructed with a steel back?
    - This year’s lens cap is also a disaster. In the name of style, Fuji has eliminated any chance of gripping the cap and releasing it from the lens. Maybe I can buy last years model that was designed with function over form.

    *** Addendum 4-13-2013 *** I purchased the HS30EXR lens cap from Fujifilm USA to replace the crappy one on the HS50EXR. Problem solved. Cost was $6.50 plus S & H.

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  3. Paul E. Seals "Lunasdude" says:
    27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Simple and Easy Review, March 23, 2013
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    Simple and Easy Review: I have had the HS10 and HS20 and both were excellent cameras.
    The HS50 is easy and simple to use on EXR (fully automatic) mode or as complicated (Manual mode) as you want.
    Build quality is solid.
    Focusing is now on par with a low end DSLR level, meaning it’s dam fast in great light and very quick in low light.
    Battery life is excellent but the HS50 uses a proprietary battery, but you can get aftermarket batteries.
    The HS50 is set up for a eyefi card which means it will keep transmitting even if the camera is turned off until it has uploaded all your pictures!
    Accessories such as the remote that worked on the HS20, 30, 35 will not work on the HS50 which has a different input.
    You will need a 2.5mm adapter to use a standard external microphone with this camera.
    The Standard Fuji Flashes such as the HS42 flash (or compatibile pin flash) will work.
    Overall, an excellent camera, incredibile zoom, Fast focus, great pictures!

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