Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

January 7, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Compact Cameras | 6 Comments |
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The Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR is a new bridge camera with a 16-megapixel sensor, 24-1000mm equivalent superzoom lens and an ultra-fast hybrid AF system. The newly developed 42x Fujinon zoom lens offers the precision of a manual barrel zoom, and features optical image stabilisation as well as an optical formula that comprises 17 elements in total, 15 of which have Fujinon’s Super EBC coating on both sides for reducing ghosting and flare. The biggest difference over the previous HS30EXR is the inclusion of Phase Detection pixels on the sensor to achieve an incredibly short autofocus lag of just 0.05 second in ideal conditions, less than a third of the already remarkable 0.16-second focus lag of its predecessor.

Fujifilm Press Release

FUJIFILM’s new flagship FinePix Long zoom Camera combines the versatility of a 42x optical manual barrel zoom with the world’s fastest autofocus speed 0.05sec.*1

FUJIFILM is proud to announce a new addition to its popular top-end series of FinePix Long zoom bridge cameras. The new flagship FinePix HS50EXR features a manual zoom mechanism for high precision zooming over the huge 42x focal length range (24-1000mm*2). Boasting stunning autofocus speeds of just 0.05seconds*1 thanks to new Phase Detection pixels on its ½-inch EXR CMOS II sensor, this all-in-one camera is a high-speed performer and will capture images with stunning crisp quality.

1. Manual 42x optical zoom lens (24mm-1000mm*2)
This newly developed 42x FUJINON zoom lens offers the precision of a manual barrel zoom and the stunning optical performance for which FUJINON lenses are world renowned. From 1cm Super Macro photography, 24mm wide-angle through to 1000mm telephoto*2, this lens offers focal lengths which would require several different lenses on a DSLR. To ensure premium image quality, the HS50EXR’s lens uses aspherical, ED and cemented elements and achieves blur reduction with optical Image Stabilisation, over the entire aperture range of f/2.8 to f/5.6. The lens features 17 elements in total, 15 of which have FUJINON’s Super EBC coating on both sides, for reducing ghosting and flare in backlit and other challenging situations.

2. New EXR CMOS II sensor with Phase Detection for high performance
The HS50EXR boasts the latest FUJIFILM EXR sensor technology: a 16 megapixel ½-inch EXR CMOS II sensor, coupled with the EXR Processor II, which achieves twice the processing speed of the previous EXR processor.

The biggest difference over the previous HS30EXR is the inclusion of Phase Detection pixels on the sensor to achieve an incredibly fast autofocus speed of just 0.05 seconds in fastest conditions, less than a third of the 0.16 seconds AF speed of the HS30EXR. The Intelligent Hybrid AF system can choose between Phase Detection AF or switch to Contrast AF in low light to ensure the optimal focus system is used – dependent on the shooting conditions.

A Focus Peak Highlight feature helps photographers manually focus by highlighting the area of your composition in focus.  It provides a guide for focusing in situations where it’s difficult to tell whether the subject is correctly focused; allowing users to manually focus whilst viewing on the LCD monitor.

The new EXR CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II make the HS50EXR a truly powerful camera when it comes to capturing moving objects. In addition to the 0.05 seconds AF speed*1, it also achieves a start-up time of 0.5 seconds. *3, interval time between shots of just 0.5 seconds. And if you engage the Continuous Shooting mode it can shoot in burst of 11fps at the full 16 megapixel resolution (max 5 frames) and seamless 5.5fps shooting at 8 megapixel resolution. Combined, these technologies mean that you will never miss that crucial shot, no matter how fast your subject is moving.

If you select EXR Auto, the HS50EXR uses FUJIFILM’s widely acclaimed auto mode to select from the three in-built sensor modes (HR, SN or DR) and determine the scene-type you are shooting, from the 108 permutations recognised, ensuring that the optimum settings are employed.

3. Hassle free, any-angle shooting made easy
The HS50EXR boasts two key features which help you shoot your favourite types of scene. Its 920K dot, highly detailed Electronic Viewfinder is perfect for helping you frame your composition in bright sunlight, or if you wear glasses. And if you are trying to take tricky, close to the ground, macro flower shots or want to capture the band on the main stage above the heads of the crowd, you can switch to the very useful 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen. Again boasting a detailed 920K dots, the LCD screen can fold out and flip around so you can see what you are taking – no matter what the angle you’re trying to shoot at.

The styling of the HS50EXR is well thought through. Dials are placed on a sloping, rounded shoulder for easy access during shooting in a design that is both attractive and functional.

4. Artistic shooting effects
This exciting new camera features FUJIFILM’s proprietary Film Simulation modes. Users can choose from ten different modes which simulate the effects of traditional FUJIFILM films. Including colour reversal film effects (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA).

Also available on the HS50EXR are the Advanced Filter functions; users can choose from 8 different artistic filters which can be previewed on the LCD screen:
Pop Colour - emphasises contrast and colour saturation
Toy Camera - creates shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
Miniature - adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect
Dynamic Tone - creates a fantasy effect by dynamically-modulated tonal reproduction
Partial Colour - retains one selected original colour and change the rest of the photo to black and white. Colours can be selected from red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple for dramatic effect.
High Key - enhances brightness and reduces contrast to lighten tonal reproduction
Low Key (NEW) – creates uniformly dark tones with few areas of emphasised highlights
Soft Focus (NEW) – blurring the focus of the image edges to create a softer effect
Multiple Exposure - this function offers users the chance to combine two separate subjects into one photo, ideal for creative photos with artistic effects.

5. Full HD Movie 1080p/60fps with continuous phase detection AF and stereo sound 
The HS50EXR is now the ideal camera for the budding cinematographer thanks to the built in stereo microphone. Thanks to the ½-inch EXR CMOS II sensor, the HS50EXR is capable of Full 1080p HD movie recording at up to 60 fps. Plus if you want to be more a little more creative you can record lower resolution movies at up to 480 frames per second*4 – and capture some amazing slow motion action. The Phase Detection pixel technology and scene recognition modes aren’t limited to still photos; they also come into play when recording video to ensure that your masterpiece stays focused.

FinePix HS50EXR Key features list:
FUJINON 42x optical manual zoom (f/2.8-5.6 24-1000mm*2)
Optical Image Stabilisation
Up to 84x with Intelligent Digital Zoom
16 megapixel ½-inch EXR-CMOS II sensor with Phase Detection AF
EXR Processor II
Intelligent Hybrid AF : 0.05sec, world’s fastest *1
Continuous shooting: 11fps at full resolution (Max 5 frames), 5.5fps at 8M for seamless capture
Start-up time of 0.5 sec.*3
Shooting interval of 0.5sec.
108 EXR Auto shooting patterns
Full HD movie 1080p/60fps with continuous phase detection AF and stereo sound
3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen(920K-dot)
High resolution EVF(920K-dot) with eye sensor
Q button for direct control of settings
Super Macro down to 1cm
Manual exposure control(P/S/A/M modes)
Focus Peak Highlight function on the LCD screen
RAW shooting (RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG image capture modes)
8 Advanced Filters
10 Film simulation modes
Multiple exposure, image capture aspect ratio of 1:1 (square) in addition to 4:3, 16:9, and 3:2
Virtual horizon “electronic level” display
External microphone input (microphones sold separately)
Hot-shoe attachment for the use of external flash guns
Lithium-ion battery with up to 500 shots per charge

*1?Fujifilm research as of 30,November 2012. Compared with other compact digital cameras based on CIPA standards and conducted in High Performance mode.
*2 ?35mm format equivalent
*3 ?Quick start mode
*4   HS320 x 240 pixels (480 fps)



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#1 Tushar John Raphael

Wow, Looks an amazing bridge camera with many brilliant configurations. Hope to see its pictures on photographyblog soon. Unfortnately its not available in india :-(

5:49 pm - Friday, January 25, 2013

#2 Loghome73

Upgrading from a simple point and shoot and trying to decide on the HS30EXR or the new HS50EXR. Substantial price difference and not a lot of reviews on the HS50 yet. Given that it's not an upgrade from the HS20 for me but first time entry into this type of camera should I pay more for the brand new one or sace some money and go with last years model? Any thoughts. Thanks.

11:40 pm - Sunday, March 24, 2013

#3 Heimo

the HS50EXR is much much faster focusing, a real plus. Not look to save money, you will regret.

10:00 am - Tuesday, March 26, 2013

#4 Ben

I had an HS20 and really was not that impressed, and I think the HS30 has the same sensor. I know they have improved a lot of things between the HS30 and HS 50, for me I would wait a few months until you can find a good price and buy the HS50.

11:20 pm - Tuesday, March 26, 2013

#5 El Manque

Why not have the explicit review of this camera?
When there seem prolemas with HS30 and Fujifilm.

1:03 pm - Wednesday, April 3, 2013

#6 Dabs

I read that the Fuji HS50EXR has a plastic tripod mount? If so does anyone know if it will last for any amount regular use? Also if it does wear out can it be replaced with a metal mount? I live in the Chicago area and cannot get my hands on one as of now.. I like the camera of what I have read about it. The Fuji SL1000 is also a option with 60X optical zoom, but the lens is F2.9-6.5 compared to F2.8-5.6 for the HS50 plus a faster shutter speed on the HS50 and a few options. Please let me know if someone has any experience with these cameras. thanx, Dabs...

1:47 pm - Thursday, April 25, 2013