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FujifilmFinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 46 reviews)

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    (27)

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    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (37)
  • Zoom range/performance (37)
  • Large clear LCD (35)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Image stabilization (29)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (7)
  • Poor flash (5)
  • Poor image quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (37)
  • Landscape/scenery (34)
  • Wildlife (29)
  • Family photos (27)
  • Sports/action (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Casual photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (44)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

awesome camera

I received the camera as promised in 5 business days!
This camera is an upgrade from my S5000.
The HS30EXR has a good feel, the controls are easy to reach, it...Read complete review

I received the camera as promised in 5 business days!
This camera is an upgrade from my S5000.
The HS30EXR has a good feel, the controls are easy to reach, it starts up fast, the tilting lcd has a crisp image as well as the view finder.
After charging the battery (and it goes fast) I started taking pictures. I am impressed with the quality of the camera as well as the pictures (Fuji has always had a very good eye for color)
I am still in the process of discovering all the features. So far nothing else but great things.
The zoom ---> unbelievable, fantastic. I have made pictures of airplanes approaching for landing (about 0.5 miles away from me) on max zoom (not on a tripod) and the picture is so good that you can easily read the letters on the plane and start counting the number of windows. The image is very sharp.
I made pictures of flowers and again color and sharpness is fantastic.
The 360 degree program works best when on a tripod and the result is great.
Can't wait to take this camera on my next trip to Hawaii.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fills great, but images not too good

The HS30EXR looks very solid with many additional buttons not found in other brige cameras. The viewfinder is good, but is a little short and my nose touched screen often. (not big deal...Read complete review

The HS30EXR looks very solid with many additional buttons not found in other brige cameras. The viewfinder is good, but is a little short and my nose touched screen often. (not big deal actually).
The manual zoom is useful and works very well. Unfortunately this camera has more then necessary modes and it is confusing. The buttons on left in many modes are locked and useless. It looks like only EXR mode take full advantage of the sensor. The menu settings are tricky to understand from User Manual. Most of advices on forums tell to set camera to M (8MP) size. In most cases it gives better picture quality, but camera is loosing a half of its potential. The pictures almost all the time are a little out of focus or noisy. In some cases by surprise the picture is great at ISO 1600, but it is rather exclusion.
To be honest, all above is noticeable to experienced users; point and shot users will probably be happy with this camera.
This camera has big potential; the problem may be in firmware. If Fuji fix processing algorithm HS30 will be very good.

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A GREAT CAMERA FOR THE MONEY YOU SPEND

By Whitey

from Hurricane, Utah

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

The manual could be more user-friendly. I was using a Canon XSi with a 70mm-300mm lens. It was too much weight for me to carry. So I decided to buy the Fuji FinePix HS30EXR for its lightness.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 6
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

great camera great deal

By bethy

from portland, oregon

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

    ive only gotten a chance to play with my new toy a couple of times but absolutely love it. Its taken great pictures of the dogs out and about in the park and is user friendly enough for a person like me that doesnt have much experience with digital cameras.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Amazing camera

    By Hapy2balive

    from Milwaukee, WI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Nice Body Color

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

      Great but for traveling any picture you want to take you can just by changing the settings. Simple to figure out low light flash brightness and other settings. Great camera for a great price.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      has it all

      By oldtimer

      from new york city

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

      this camera will take you from beginner to semi pro. a light easy to manage camera , with all the options you will ever need, at a fair price

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
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      • No

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      3.0

      A little dissapointed

      By Davey

      from Boksburg south africa

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Poor Image Quality

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Video

      Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

      I own the HS10 and the HS30EXR and I have to admit the image quality on the older HS10 is noticeably better than that of the HS30. The noise on the HS30 is quite noticeable where as on the HS10, it's barely seen.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Super

      By Marko

      from Quebec, Can

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

        It is great! Easy to use especially with its function mode "EXR" the whole family can take in hand I'm sure the photo is great. Other modes are that the device can use past simple "expert" mode I recommend!

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        GREAT BANG FOR THE BUCK!

        By wrx143

        from Springfield, Missouri

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

          I have been away from photography for twenty years building my business, wow have things changed since my SLR days. Likes- Rubberized grip and overall fit and finish of camera, large LCD screen is easy to read, manual framing of picture is quick, and pictures are razor sharp from cornor to cornor.
          Dislikes- Written manual is easy to understand, but could be more educational about features.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 7
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Amazing little camera!

          By Allen

          from West Virginia.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

          I love this little camera and all it's features. The only thing that I'm not pleased with is the veiw finder is electronic and seems to washout and over expose that is not much of an issue as most pictures are taken and viewed with the large beautiful 3.0 inch screen

          The zoom is wonderful. I really like the panorama feature. I have always been a fan of Fuji because of there saturated Velvia film and there are film simulated settings in which I like.

          Buy now you won't be disappointed.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          GREAT CAMERA

          By F. Parreno

          from Brooklyn NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

            This medium size camera works acts and feels like my prefessional Ni---, and Ca--- cameras, it has all the adjustments and fast focus to take great pictures or videos, just add a polarized filter a Bracket, a TTL cord, a Flash, a bounce dome and a video light and you are set.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Best camera to resemble a DSLR

            By cjdiaz1024

            from Miami, FL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Full HD Video
            • Good Image Quality
            • Great Zoom
            • Manual focus
            • Many settings
            • RAW Format

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

              One of the selling features of this camera to me would be the manual settings the camera has over other bridge cameras. Another big selling point for me was the manual focus, and it isn't a manual focus where you select a little area and the camera focuses there, there is an actual focusing ring on the lens body!

              I love photography, but I can't afford a DSLR right now, so this camera was the closest I could get to one; this camera also IS the closest you can get to a DSLR. It has the same manual settings found on DSLR cameras, like Aperture and Shutter priority, Program Auto, and full Manual. It also can take pictures in RAW which is a big plus for anyone wanting a good all-around camera without the price of a professional one.

              The camera itself is not very large, it fits well in your hand and feels smooth. The zooming on the camera is also manual, unlike many other high zoom cameras that are mechanical zoom. I find this to be very useful when you want to be precise and have more speed than mechanical zooms.

              There is one cool little feature this camera has which is an electronic stabilizer; when you turn it on, two lines appear on the screen that help you level your pictures so they are not slanted.

              This camera takes video in 1080p for which the quality is really good. There are two microphones on the front of the camera which pick up audio very well.

              Another nice feature about this camera is how on the left side of the LCD screen there are 5 buttons for quick adjustments to the ISO, metering, focus area, changing from AF single time to AF continuous or MF, and to change the white balance.

              Overall this camera is the perfect camera for anyone who wants all the features of a DSLR camera but doesn't want to pay the price; or for anyone who wants a good camera for everyday use and who wants a little more control over a simple point-and-shoot camera.

              One thing you should not hope for though is the same picture quality from this camera as you would get from a DSLR. This is still considered a point-and-shoot since it uses a small CMOS sensor. DLSR cameras use much larger sensors than these cameras, thus giving you a more exceptional image quality. But the image quality on this camera is not a disappointment, it is very good for what it is and it would satisfy anyone who can over look this difference.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
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              • No

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              5.0

              Very good camera.

              By miguel

              from Uruguay

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

              • No Cons For Price

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

              Excellent camera, very fast autofocus, excellent color balance, flash correct, super zoom, excellent definition when I use iso 100, iso400 values ​​over a bit noisy, excellent battery life over 600 shots. I had an HS10, the HS30 is much much much better.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              I would buy this product again

              By JOROTABA

              from JUNDIAI - SP - BRASIL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

              In times of family parties when the objective and informal photos, or even when a possible weight the more makes the difference, i leave at home the equipment your DSLR camera and use a model bridge, in the case i already used the FUJI HS10, HS20 and now i upgrade with the HS30, which has as strong point the electronic display 30% more than the predecessors

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great camera!

              By Jess the kiwi enthusiast

              from Albany, NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

                I was in need for a camera for my upcoming trip to New Zealand. After a few of weeks of practicing with this camera, I am confident that it will be perfect for me. I love how light and not bulky it is while having a lot of features. I especially like the option for shooting in the dark; perfect for my apartment that doesn't get much of natural light.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Loving the simplicity and quality.

                By Cold chisel

                from Sunshine Coast, Australia

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

                  At home and at work. The camera works well whoever I need it.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  full of features

                  By bob

                  from onalaska,wivaries

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                  • Poor Flash

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

                  use for travel. very light with good zoom. Has features of slr

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 5
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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Too slow to focus at long telephoto

                  By Budge

                  from Reno, NV

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

                    Versatile camera but slow to focus at high telephoto lenths and produces poor quality pics at high ISOs

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 5
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Amazing cãmera

                    By camposdesa

                    from BELO HORIZONTE(BH) BRASIL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

                    Easy to use, with a lot of functions amd multi language menu, this camera has everything you need to make incredible photos. A great batery that you can use for more than two days. Face recognition, great flash, simple to use and auto mode that detects the scene for you!

                    The only thing they could improve its zoom. They could put it automatic and improve the range...

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                    4.0

                    I love this camera!

                    By Frank

                    from Seattle

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

                        The versatility and capability of this camera are great -- from shooting wildflowers and butterflies inches or feet away to shooting birds and big game at greater some distance. Expecting to enjoy camera even more after learning more about how to use the many features/options. As the reviewers routinely warn -- ultrazooms are NOT digital SLR's. With appropriate expectations one can really enjoy the camera.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        ca honeymoon

                        By honeymooners

                        from nj

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

                          great pics, love the zoom capability without changing lensses

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Camera

                          By m

                          from DE

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera (Black):

                              Great Camera. Very happy with it.

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                              • No

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