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

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Fujifilm FinePix HS20

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Fujifilm FinePix HS20 review


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Our verdict

Despite the technology, the smaller sensor on the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 means it cannot match DSLRs or compact system cameras for image quality. However, for a bridge camera it offers impressive functionality and great-looking images. The manual zoom is a huge strength, but there are other areas that need some improvement for the HS20 to be considered ideal for creative users. The viewfinder needs to be larger and of a higher resolution, the aperture range wider and available in all modes, and the option to shoot above ISO 3200 available at full size. For anyone looking to get closer to their subject, whether wildlife, action or travel, there is no better way to get this kind of magnification for the money.


Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Built-in Flash:Yes
LCD:3in, 460,000-dot tilting LCD
Sensor:1/2in EXR CMOS
Weight:730g (including battery and card)
Exposure Modes:PASM, auto, EXR, panorama, 17 scene modes, 2 advanced modes
Power:4 x AA (included)
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec
File Format:JPEG, RAF (raw), MOV
Lens:30x zoom (24-720mm) f/2.8-5.6 Fujinon
ISO:100-3200, 6400 (M), 12,800 (S), Auto (400/800/1600/3200)
Focusing Modes:Single AF, continuous, manual
Metering System:Average, spot, multi
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0, Mini HDMI
White Balance:Auto, 6 presets, custom
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features and Build
  3. 3. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  4. 4. Focusing
  5. 5. Our verdict
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