A 30x zoom range, DSLR-style handling, tilting LCD screen, a clever tourist-removing mode and a sub-£400 price tag make the Fujifilm FinePix HS10 an interesting proposition

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Fujifilm Finepix HS10

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Fujifilm Finepix HS10 review

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Price as reviewed:

£375.00
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Our verdict

Ironically, one of the challenges for the bridge camera genre stems from the fact that they look like digital SLRs, so some people expect DSLR-like performance from them. The Fujifilm FinePix HS10 is one of the best, if not the best bridge camera I have used, but it cannot match a DSLR for performance.

It can be frustrating trying to shoot a tightly composed wildlife image and discover that the lens doesn’t immediately snap into focus, but sharp, detailed results are possible at the lower sensitivity settings. It is clear that Fujifilm has made some headway with noise minimisation and reduction as low-to mid-sensitivity-level images make pleasant A3 prints. The Motion Panorama and Motion Remover modes are far from perfect, but they are a good start.

Details

White Balance:Automatic, 6 preset, custom
Viewfinder Type:0.2-in, approx 200,000-dot, FLCD monitor. Approx 97% coverage
Memory Card:Internal memory (approx 46MB) 
SD/SDHC memory card
Output Size:3648x2736 pixels
LCD:3in, approx 230,000-dot, colour LCD monitor. Approx 97% coverage
AF Points:Area, multi, centre, tracking
Exposure Modes:PASM, panorama, 15 scene modes
Sensor:1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS with 10.3 million pixels
Power:4x AA-type alkaline batteries (included), Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (optional) or Lithium batteries (optional)
Weight:Approx 636g (excluding battery and memory card)
File Format:Still: raw, JPEG, raw+JPEG simultaneously. Movie: MPEG4 (MOV, H.264/AVC, ISO standard)
Shutter Speeds:¼-1/4000sec (auto), 4-1/4000sec 
(all other modes)
Compression:Two-stage JPEG
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 High-Speed, HDMI
Metering System:TTL 256-zones metering, 
centre-weighted, spot
Dimensions:130.6×90.7×126mm
Colour Space:sRGB
Drive Mode:10fps for 7 raw files, self-timer with 10sec or 2sec delay
ISO:Auto ISO 100-6400
RRP:£379
Focusing Modes:Single AF, continuous AF, manual focus
Tested as:Bridge camera
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  4. 4. Our verdict
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