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Good: Price, quality, handling, big zoom
Bad: little slow
Comment: After reading a lot of reviews, I think this is gonna be the camera I am gonna buy. The price is good for a beginner in taking photos (like me) and I already had the camera in my hands, but I didn't buy it then. The point is: it fits perfectly in my hands.
looks like it is a very good camera.
Good: RAW image format, manual focus and zoom rings
Comment: @Hiran, I was also looking at the Nikon CoolPix P510, until I saw that it does not support recording images in a RAW image format which preserves the full dynamic contrast range at a higher bit depth.
Also the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR has both a manual zoom ring and a manual focus ring - both big positives.
Good: Does everything
Bad: Cant remember what it does
Comment: I have had this camera 6months and I still need to learn what it is capable of. Very interesting
Comment: Have been spending almost two days now, looking for the best super zoom digital camera out there in the market... and finally, decided to buy Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR over Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, Nikon Coolpix P510 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150. Hope I won't be regretting my decision !! :-)
Good: covers most bases
Comment: greetings...in the buying process this camera kept floating to the top with 2 others.it looks beautiful to the eye,so using our system of choosing boats,"it sails well if it looks right",this could be for us...ronald.c.
Good: Very intuitive câmera. Good fotos in low light conditionz. Amazing exr more.
Bad: Some fotos taken at high ISO presents a anormal amount of pixels.
Comment: Excelent machine. A great UAU
Good: Nearly everything especially the big zoom range
Bad: Manual focus reacts a bit slow
Comment: I own the camera for several weeks now - it has replaced my DSLR camera and gear. I know about the fact, that my DSLR had a bigger sensor - but last time I just hated the heavy and bulky camera and equipment. I'm quite sure if more photo amateurs and hobbyists would be really honest - they would say the same (after a while of using a DSLR). This brings me back to the HS30, I really enjoy this camera - I'm still discovering all the possibilities it offers. What I like most is the DSLR like handling without its size and weight. And for the images, so far the results are covincing me really.
Good: Zoom, macro pictures, image quality
Bad: low light performance is good but not enough for profesional quality pictures in low light, but, this is not a DSLR
Comment: Good camera with many capabilities. The video is a fake, the guy is not usin the D700 camera at the top of the capabilities. The D700 is a monster of camera, and the fuji can match some features of this camera, but I think fuji can't be better. But hs20, hs30 very good cameras, I prefer FUJI instead of a Dslr because DSLR are too expensive, very big to carry on, you need to buy extra lenses for every thing, for eery situation, with fuji you have all in one with good quality pictures, not like a DSLR, but good quality.
Good: A great all-in-one,well made,with a great zoom lens!
Bad: Nothing really,the best bridge camera out there for the price!
Comment: I agree 100% with CNET's review,and I have owned various "bridge" superzooms,including Canon,a few FZ series Panasonics,and Fujis,starting with the S602z a few years ago.
In the last year I have had the Fuji HS10,great pictures,but too slow,a HS20,quicker,with a 16MP EXR sensor,but I found the viewfinder a bit small(like most bridge cameras!)although the rear LCD was great.
When I found out that the new HS30,not only had a better viewfinder,as well as improved performance in low light via an updated EXR sensor,plus various other improvements,I sold my HS20 a month ago,and have been very pleased my new camera.
Even the digital zoom works a treat,(but you need a steady hand!),and I have had some great A4s printed out.To cover the range that the HS30 can cover,with a DSLR,would be prohibitively expensive,and far too heavy to cart about.
I recently also sold my Pentax DSLR,as,althought,due to it's bigger sensor,it was better for really big blow ups(not that I ever do any!) ,I found that I hardly used it.
Up to A3,at lower ISOs,there was very little difference in the finished print,and the Fuji can tackle anything I'm likely to want to photograph on holiday,or out on country walks.
So ignore any nit picking by "pixel peepers" on the web forums,this camera is a great camera,deserves great success,and is great value for money.
To get the most out of the HS30,ring Fuji UK,and they will post you out a "proper" manual (free),instead of the CD version included with the camera,it's well worth the effort
Buy this camera!.
Good: Very fast startup time and It's so versatile, a real no brainer.
Bad: Manual focus ring is awkward to use with Camera on a tripod/monopod.
Comment: Takes a while to get used to all the settings available (point and click for speed or very long night shot on a tripod) once you master them you'll love this Camera.
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