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Good: HS20EXR.. I'm loving it
Bad: noise levels at times
* a all-in-one..go-shoot cam, except for absence of GPS(to record locations).
* a good buy for the price!
* though AA sized batteries - useful for photographers exploring places where there is no power supply/charging facility..just pick few AA sized batteries to suffice.. I hit around 250-300 quality shots with 4*AA.
Good: easy to use
Comment: My first large camera I found it easy to use striaght out of the box, as I found my way round the camera settings it was even better . This is a good digital camera that gives you the confidence to go up to use a DSLR . Also this is excellent value for money . There was only one downfall, that was the first camera kept freezing and had to go back.
Good: Packed with features, 1080p video
Bad: Only uses AA batteries, bad video focus
Comment: A great bridge camera if you don't want to spend out on a dslr. Packed with features including a digital spirit level.
There is just two things to bear in mind, 1. it uses AA batteries and not a rechargeable pack 2. the video recordings often pulse (bad focus).
Comment: very good
Good: Lens range, menu system, panorama facility and screen.
Bad: Build quality and overall design.
Comment: I previously owned a 9600 for five years. When I acquired the 9600 it was an absolute pleasure to use, it looked good, felt good, and performed well. However, after a couple of years or so I became aware of the HS10, and its subsequent replacement the HS20. Having reviewed the impressive spec and read rave reviews on the HS20 I decided to go for it. I sold my 9600s in order to purchase the HS20 – big mistake.
I ordered the item online without having inspected one in a shop. On receiving the replacement, I opened the box, held the camera and thought oh no! By comparison to the 9600 the HS20 felt cheap, poorly designed and constructed:
• The battery door does not fit tightly, it clicks when touched.
• The lens zoom ring also feels loose and clicks when moved.
• The zoom motion feels gritty/rough when turned just like an unused nut in need of a good dose of WD40.
• Turning the zoom ring is made awkward by the extended overhang of the flash unit.
• The tripod screw thread is made of plastic and not metal.
Despite the above I have attempted to be objective and persevered with the camera for the past couple of months or so. Overall the results have been satisfactory, but certainly no better than the 9600.
On the positive side there are some very good improvements:
• The menu system is excellent, much more intuitive.
• The lens range is exceptional.
• The panorama facility is a brilliant and effective feature.
• The larger screen is excellent.
But, I still don’t like it. If they had only included the above enhancements into the 9600 body …
Bad: nothings perfect ..
Comment: II've had my HS20 for about 3 months now and I have to say 'at first' I was not over impressed with it,but after trying all the various settings, and ready to accept it as just average ,I discovered manual mode,and it was one of those 'eureka moments'. Ever since then I love this camera.I've had none of the problems with overheating(maybe mine is a later model) and the focusing is fine.I think the 30x barrel zoom is just so versatile and I've had some stunning images even at full zoom.Here's a link to my Flickr page to take a look.
I would suggest anyone who has this camera and is not happy, to try the manual mode and with some trial and error you will be surprised..
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Comment: Hi I purchased a HS20EXR. replacing my S9500 that had failed due to flood damage. I was very happy with my old camera so I waited and bought the latest Fuji model.
I have been very dissapointed in the camera, I took it away with me & my son who competes in surfing comp's around Australia. I try to take a lot of pics and video of him for his sponsors and to help his tecnique, but the camera keeps going in and out of focus while taking stills or Video, I live in Tasmania and at first thought it was low light but I have been useing the camera in very good light and the same is happening?
Am I doing something wrong? have read the manual and tried many different settings still the same.
My 15 year old son is very dissapointed because he caught some great waves that he will remember for life but the video goes in and out of focus a lot ruining the quality and unable to use it for his sponsors!
Cheers Tank and Tom Gray
Good: Lighter weight than SLR and lens is fantastic no need to carry multiple lens.
Bad: video keeps refocusing in low light conditions.
Comment: Just had a vacation in Scotland and camera did excellent job inside and out. Good low light shooting. I also recorded video and the sound was fantastic, only problem in low light camera kept refocousing. For the price, size, weight camera was an excellent choice for me. Took over 2000 shots in 10 days and batteries would las entire day.
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