FujiFilm has announced the availability of its latest bridge camera in the shape of the 16 megapixel, 30x zoom lens FinePix HS20.
Announced first back in January, the HS20 is available in store now with a price tag of £399 and comes with a host of features including the afore-mentioned 16 megapixel sensor, a 30x zooms lens, full HD video capture, high speed continuous shooting capability, RAW capture and an improved user interface. The HS20 comes with a brand new EXR CMOS sensor and combined with the new triple-core EXR processing engine, should ensure some pretty good results – speeding up processing time and improving low-light results.
The camera also comes with not one but three methods of image stabilization to ensure blur-free results. Firstly the EXR CMOS sensor moves during exposure to eradicate shake. Secondly, the camera will employ Pixel Fusion to increase sensitivity and boost shutter speeds and finally in EXR Auto, the HS20 features an Advanced Anti-blur technology where four images are taken in quick succession then combined to deliver a single shake-free image. So if you can’t take blur-free photos with the HS20 you should probably just give up.
The 30x mechanical zoom Fujinon lens covers a focal range of 24-720mm (35mm equivalent). Full HD video is captured at 30fps and the HS20 employs the same Pixel Fusion technology for video as it does for stills to allow for improved low-light recording. Videos can be easily played back via the HDMI port on the camera. The camera also comes with a 460,000 pixel, 3in tilting LCD screen with a new Rich User Interface using vector fonts and graphics.
While FujiFilm has produced bridge cameras before, such as the S2500HD we have been disappointed with the image quality. We will be hoping that the new EXR sensor and processor combination will help to change that with the HS20 when we get our hands on a review copy.