This long-zoom bridge camera features the new 16-million-pixel EXR CMOS sensor and offers a real alternative to a compact system model. We put it to the test
- 16-million-pixel EXR CMOS sensor
- 30x zoom (24-720mm equivalent)
- 3in, 460,000-dot tilting LCD
- Sensor shift stabilisation
- ISO 100-12,800
- Street price £360
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 review – Introduction
Photographers seeking a small camera for a day trip or weekend away have traditionally turned to the advanced compact or bridge camera. Although bridge cameras are still fairly large, they tend to offer long zoom lenses with magnifications you would struggle to obtain on any SLR without eye-watering investment.
For a lens with up to a 500mm focal length (750mm with 1.5x magnification) on a DSLR you would have to pay upwards of £850 (Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3). This would not only add extra bulk, but also almost 2kg of weight to your standard kit, where a bridge camera has at least 30x zoom built in.
Bridge cameras are styled more like DSLRs and offer similar handling, but on a smaller scale. Their lenses can be longer thanks to smaller sensor sizes (which create greater focal magnification) and also by withdrawing into themselves for storage.
The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 is the latest in a long line of bridge cameras from the company, and it is an area in which it has long excelled. This model is an update of the FinePix HS10 that was released late last year, and shares many of its features.
The one noticeable change is the sensor, which has been upgraded from 10.3 to 16 million pixels, although it still has the same 1⁄2in physical size, making it notably smaller than even the micro four thirds units.