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Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Superzoom Camera

The 16-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR is a great camera for families, small businesses, students and photographers on a budget who want manual controls and lots of zoom – it’s got a huge 30x 24-720mm f/2.8-5.6 Fujinon optical zoom lens. To get the same kind of zoom range with a digital SLR you’d have to spend thousands! Besides a monster zoom, the HS20 also has full HD video (1920 x 1080), manual controls, a 3-inch tilting LCD display and RAW shooting. You get pretty much all the features and control of a digital SLR with a lot more lens, and for a lot less money. You won’t get DSLR image quality from the HS20 but the ½-inch EXR sensor is very good for a compact camera and the overall features and performance are excellent for the money.

Hands-On With The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR >>

  • MSRP: $499
  • 16-megapixel 1/2-inch EXR CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video with stereo sound
  • 30x 24-720mm (equiv.) f/2.8-5.6 Fujinon optical zoom lens
  • 3-inch 460k-dot tilting LCD display
  • 8 frames-per-second high-speed burst
  • Manual exposure controls
  • RAW mode
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  • thien says:

    The Canon S100 is officially on my christmas list!

  • Photo-John says:

    Happy to help siphon some money out of your wallet and stimulate the economy, Thien! :-)

  • OllieK says:

    How on earth could you guys not include the Canon SX230HS with a 14x zoom, image stabilization, HD video with mini HDMI out, and many more great features all for under $200 street price. Your overall selection is pretty lame considering the truly fabulous cameras out there. A few of your selections are just plain pathetic. Who is paying you off??

  • Photo-John says:

    I can’t help laughing a bit at your comment, Ollie. Diplomacy is not one of your skills, I guess. Still, thanks for the comment and thanks for mentioning the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS, which I actually own. And I agree with you – it is an awesome camera. That’s why I bought it. Pocket superzooms like the SX230 HS are actually my favorite kind of compact camera. I have been pushing them hard outside of this guide (my pocket superzoom camera guide) and I was disappointed I didn’t get to include one in this list. I did try to explain how I made my choices in the introduction. I only chose ten cameras and I based them on what was popular on the site and what is selling well on Amazon. No matter how I make a top cameras list I’m going to leave something out and someone is going to think its lame. That’s why I encouraged our readers – and you – to post their picks in the comments. That way you get to voice your opinion, tell me I’m lame and tell people what camera you think is best. So thanks for your contribution. And no – no one is paying us off :-)

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