Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR
16MP EXR CMOS II 1/2 inch Sensor; 30x Manual Optical Zoom Lens with 24mm wide-angle; 1080p HD Movie with HDMI output, and high-speed movies at reduced resolution; 3 inch swivel LCD; TTL Hot Shoe; 11fps Continuous Shooting; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery;
The EXR sensor is the selling point here; the user can choose
one of three modes that favor high dynamic range, low noise, or high
resolution. The low noise and high dynamic range modes reduce the
resolution, yet truly improve image quality. You can even leave the
camera on EXR AUTO, which will make these difficult decisions for you.
Also included are manual, aperture priority, and shutter priority modes. The HS30 is the successor to the HS20, a barely noteworthy upgrade with few extra features. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, however, for the HS20 did a lot of things right. You still get a wonderful 30x manually operated zoom, a 3-inch swivel LCD screen, 1080p HD recording, and high-speed movie modes at reduced resolution. Upgrades include a faster continuous shooting rate and weight-savings due to the switch from AA's to a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Image quality should match that of the recently-reviewed very good F770EXR, so look there for more information.