Fujifilm FinePix HS10 Digital Camera - (10MP, 30x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch Tilting LCD@ £228.74@ amazon - HotUKDeals
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Nice bridge camera. Was planning to buy it last month, just noticed price has gone down further by £11.
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10 Megapixel BS1 CMOS sensor with 3 inch tilting LCD and 30 x optical zoom 28mm - 720 wide angle lens
Triple Image Stabilisation with up to ISO 6400
High Definition Image capture at 16:9 and Video capture with stereo sound at 1080p with HDMI output
Multi modes including high speed continuous shooting, Pro low light, Motion Panorama Mode and Motion Remover Mode
Manual photographic controls
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banned#1
30 x optical :D
#2
Was planning to buy it last month, just noticed price has gone down further by £11


At what price will you buy it?
1 Like #3
Changed my mind and went for Canon dslr.
YouDontWantToKnow
Was planning to buy it last month, just noticed price has gone down further by £11


At what price will you buy it?
2 Likes #4
How about a refurb with free delivery and 12 month warranty from fuji for 183.42?

No affiliation with fuji but like their cameras and just bought - their refurb is like new. Almost certainly because the HS20 is just around the corner but at that price the HS10 is unmissable.

My promo email below;

'Get an extra 15% off all Fujifilm Refurbished cameras!

Fujifilm's refurbishing scheme already offers you fantastic products at discounted prices, but we want to help you save even more by giving you an extra 15% off all refurbished cameras in the FujiShop for one month only!

All of our refurbished cameras are tested and certified by Fujifilm and come with:

» 28 day money back guarantee
» 12 months warranty
» Option to buy up to 5 years extra cover!*
XXX

To receive your 15% discount and free delivery, simply enter promotion code P10FEB15 at the checkout. Valid until 17/03/2011 '

Edited to add link https://secure.fujifilm.co.uk/shop/consumer/digital/digital-cameras/view-all?utm_source=shop-newsletter&utm

Edited By: fishtailer on Feb 26, 2011 22:55
#5
And the OP needs correcting to 24-720mm zoom (35mm equivalent) as 24mm is significantly wider than the 28mm in the description posted.

(Source- Fuji site, or do the maths (30 x 24=720), and I can confirm on my camera...)
#6
Not quite as good as the Panny FZ38 available from Dixons for £177.00.

Just a bigger zoom with tilt screen & full HD Vid.



Edited By: rizla01 on Feb 26, 2011 23:52
#7
As an owner of both panasonic and Fuji "bridge" cameras I can confirm this camera will blow the pants off any "pany" and is better than the nikon full SLR that I got to replace it!!!!! After spending the best part of a grand on glass the Nikon is just about delivering the image quality of the Fuji straight from the box.
Please Fuji get back into the DSLR market your sensors are the best bar none!
#8
very good price, am looking to buy a camera for an upcoming holiday. will check ot the fuji refurbs.
#9
rizla01
Not quite as good as the Panny FZ38 available from Dixons for £177.00.
Just a bigger zoom with tilt screen & full HD Vid

It's always difficult to compare Carrots to Parsnips (FZ38 to HS10). It all depends on the other ingrediants to the meal. I personally prefer the HS10.
#10
Bluefrombirth
As an owner of both panasonic and Fuji "bridge" cameras I can confirm this camera will blow the pants off any "pany" and is better than the nikon full SLR that I got to replace it!!!!! After spending the best part of a grand on glass the Nikon is just about delivering the image quality of the Fuji straight from the box.
Please Fuji get back into the DSLR market your sensors are the best bar none!




dream on we had the s2000hd and the quality of that **ssed on this i really wouldnt bother if your spending that sort of money put the extra and get dslr .. the colours were all over the place on this model or get the s2000hd or s2500hd also the hd video was so much better on the s series than the hs10
#11
rizla01
Not quite as good as the Panny FZ38 available from Dixons for £177.00.

Just a bigger zoom with tilt screen & full HD Vid.




As a die hard Panasonic Lumix user I have to say that the HS10 is light years ahead...not only the zoom range...but the fact that you zoom using the ring on the lens & not a dodgy toggle switch.

Image quality is also vastly superior

If it has a downside it is the quality of the viewfinder & a bit of shutter lag.

Some of the other features like best shot make this almost an alternative to a full SLR

Yes the HS20 is on the way, but for most people the HS10 will out perform any other camera in it's class.....

Be warned though....it's neither as small or light as the Panasonics.......
#12
Saw a professional using one of these recently and asked him why not a DSLR and he replied he never uses a DSLR as this is suitable for about 95% of his work. Originally I had mistaken it for a DSLR until I looked a bit closer and saw the Fuji name. Personally, too big for me to carry around in my pocket and I would not use half of the features on offer here.
#13
Mighty Anorak
Saw a professional using one of these recently and asked him why not a DSLR and he replied he never uses a DSLR as this is suitable for about 95% of his work.
Indeed, and a phone camera is probably suitable for about 95% of the work that this is used for... it's the hard shots which require the better equipment. Obviously the person who thinks this is better than a DSLR doesn't want to take pictures with small depth of field or in low light. But this has its pluses and I don't believe "the colours were all over the place" because if they were, a respected site such as dpreview would have picked that up immediately.
#14
Mighty Anorak
Saw a professional using one of these recently and asked him why not a DSLR and he replied he never uses a DSLR as this is suitable for about 95% of his work. Originally I had mistaken it for a DSLR until I looked a bit closer and saw the Fuji name. Personally, too big for me to carry around in my pocket and I would not use half of the features on offer here.


I work as a photographer occasionally for a non league football club with a Canon SLR & F2.8 zoom lens.......on one occastion my memory card developed a fault ... but I had an HS10 in my car...managed to get equally good shots & with better close ups from a distance as the F2.8 is only a 200 mm .....that's 320mm equivalent ... the HS10 goes nearer 720mm
#15
Moving on from S5600 then S9600, I am a big fan of Fuji bridge cameras but i dont underestimate Panasonic.
#16
Thanks Fishtaler, have been looking at this for a while, even better wtih the discount code.

Cheers

Paul
#18
Just to throw in another opinion, here is a copy of the review I put on Amazon for the HS10;

"I don't generally write reviews, but I thought I would add my opinion in case you would like some help deciding whether to buy the Fujifilm FinePix HS10 over the alternatives, in the increasingly crowded ultra-zoom bridge camera class.

I am a keen amateur photographer in my forties, and I have owned several film SLR's and various digital cameras (but not D-SLR's).

I mainly photograph wildlife and landscapes, and I wanted a decent bridge camera to offer me a very flexible zoom range. Too many times over the years I have chosen to leave my SLR kit at home because of the bulk, and have missed great opportunities to get shots when out and about.

On the days when I have specifically set out to take photographs I have no problems lugging all the kit around, but I wanted (needed?) a camera that I could grab at anytime and take pretty much anywhere.

After looking at countless reviews, sample shots and forums discussions etc I opted for a Panasonic Lumix FZ45 mainly due to the fact that I have been incredibly impressed with a tiny Panasonic 12mp point and shoot that I bought a year ago, and the reviews on the FZ45 were good as well.

After having the FZ45 for a week I decided that the 24x zoom range was not enough of an improvement over an 18x zoom range of an Olympus I own, even though the test shots I took were very detailed and with lovely natural colours. So I sent it back and opted for the HS10 instead, mainly because it offered the 30x zoom.

When I compared the exact same test shots (the same shots which I do for all of my cameras) those taken on the HS10 were VASTLY inferior to the FZ45. Although the additional zoom range of the HS10 brings the subject slightly closer, the lack of fine detail, colour and punch was very dissapointing.

I took the camera on a couple of field trips, and was very underwhelmed by the results. I even set up the HS10 on a tripod 15 feet from a bird table in the sunshine and again despite various setting changes I just could not improve the IQ to anything close to the FZ45. When the FZ45 shots were cropped in to match the better zoom of the HS10, they still held MUCH more detail and clarity (I can only think it's the Leica optics?)

I googled ideal settings and advice for the HS10, but after 2 weeks of trying I cannot improve the results. Whilst I am happy to tinker with my cameras (I rarely use auto mode etc), I feel that performance straight out of the box should be acceptable and the HS10 has not come close in my opinion.

As I said at the beginning I wanted a camera with a good zoom range, and I was also looking forward to the whistles and bells that this model offers. However, the primary requirement is to take high quality shots, and I am sorry to say that the HS10 has fallen well short in that very key area.


Here, in bullet points, are my overall findings;

HS10 Pro's;

Great zoom range
Zoom can be left extended when switched off, to save batteries and increase reaction time
Uses AA batteries (I prefer this option)
Very functional and easy to use button and menu layout
Good, bright tilting LCD
Manual focus ring (although I found this virtually unuseable due to the EVF problem below)
Good solid feel, weight and build quality
High speed video recording is fun, but relative drop off in PQ makes it fairly useless
Very good burst mode (although you often need to re-select it)


HS10 Con's;

Unacceptably poor picture quality as detailed above
Virtually useless EVF (too small and not enough detail)
Very slow store times (I knew this was an issue, but it's not as bad as the negative reviews state)
Sticky manual zoom is a pain when using video function

In summary, I can cope with countless niggles in any camera but in my opinion it MUST offer acceptable image quality for it's price and type. I have therefore sent the HS10 back for a refund.

I think I will probably re-buy the Panasonic Lumix FZ45 14.1MP Digital Camera - Black (3.0 inch TFT LCD Display, LEICA DC Lens with 25mm Wide-angle and 24x Optical Zoom)

If you would like to see the test shots for FS10 and FZ45 let me know and I will be happy to oblige'

I hope this helps

As a footnote, I cannot comment on low light shots or flash etc. Firmware 1.04 installed."
#19
I'd be interested in those test shots, the nikon p100 is another I'm umming and ahhing over.

Isn't the FZ45's EVF the same size and resolution as the HS10's though?


Edited By: Pondlife on Feb 27, 2011 12:51: .
#20
Purchased the HS-10 6 months ago and found it quite the opposite to the Panny Fanboi, the only niggly thing would be the slow storage. But other than that it is an ideal entry to the cross over to DSLR
#21
Cheaper @Dixons http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/finepix-hs10-digital-camera-220-89-dixons-with-cams6-code-3-quidco-also-availabl/886228


Better to get the HS20 EXR which has much better spec.





Edited By: talkshop on Feb 27, 2011 13:54: .
#22
talkshop
Better to get the HS20 EXR which has much better spec.


Well it is currently almost twice the price. So ought to be rather better really.
#23
jonwalker67
Hmmm, if I was a Panny fanboy would i have spent so much time researching so much first then buying the HS10, followed by the Canon SX30is and finally the Panny?


What was up with the Canon btw? Out of the price range I'm looking at but seemed interesting.
#24
Pondlife
jonwalker67
Hmmm, if I was a Panny fanboy would i have spent so much time researching so much first then buying the HS10, followed by the Canon SX30is and finally the Panny?


What was up with the Canon btw? Out of the price range I'm looking at but seemed interesting.


I loved the handling, zoom range and quality feel of the Canon, but I felt the image quality wasn't as good as the FZ45

I am currently uploading some of the test shot comparisons to flickr and will post a link soon.

Just to clarify, I am NOT an expert. I am simply offering an opinion having owned the HS10, SX30 and FZ45
#25
jonwalker67
I am currently uploading some of the test shot comparisons to flickr and will post a link soon.Just to clarify, I am NOT an expert. I am simply offering an opinion having owned the HS10, SX30 and FZ45


Certainly sounds useful to me :)
#26
FZ38 V HS10 comments (And pic examples fom a FZ38) here

Warning - Don't use the tripod fixing on the HS10. It is prone to breaking

Edited By: rizla01 on Feb 27, 2011 15:06
#27
Pondlife
jonwalker67
I am currently uploading some of the test shot comparisons to flickr and will post a link soon.Just to clarify, I am NOT an expert. I am simply offering an opinion having owned the HS10, SX30 and FZ45


Certainly sounds useful to me :)


Here is a selection from the HS10 v SX30 v FZ45 comparison shots I took (I only had time to upload around 10 from each)

Hope it's useful

Edited By: jonwalker67 on Feb 27, 2011 15:30: Corrected
#28
Excellent JW. Nice comparisons but looking at those shots does leave me wondering if you had either a faulty camera or that there was something in the setting that needed tweakin I.E. contrast levels(Histogram) but you have already stated that you tried that, in which case I am very excited at the prospect of my new (soon to be) arrival.
#29
The test shots were the best I could get after fiddling around and changing various settings on the Canon and Fuji, the Panasonic were straight from the box on Programme mode.

I am sure that with patience (and more expertise) it's possible to get stunning results from the Fuji and Canon (you've only got to look at some sample pics available on flickr), but I need something reliable for the times I dont want to fiddle about, and for me those two cameras just didn't do it.

I have other test shots (macro's etc) as well, and the FZ45 easily outperformed the other two in my opinion.

Only trouble is the zoom control has started getting 'sticky', which I have now read is a fault that others have experienced, so it may be going back for repair/replacement.

Of course, what I really wanted was a camera with a long zoom range, much larger sensor, quick burst mode, fixed lens and compact (ish) size - all for under £300 :|

(Nice shots by the way)

Edited By: jonwalker67 on Feb 27, 2011 16:35
#30
Thanks JW. (Decided to remove them as not appropriate for this thread).

The 10shots per sec burst speed on the Fuji is rather appealing but 2.7ish per sec will have to suffice:)
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1 Like #31
rizla01
Thanks JW. (Decided to remove them as not appropriate for this thread).

The 10shots per sec burst speed on the Fuji is rather appealing but 2.7ish per sec will have to suffice:)
.


Yeah, the burst mode was quick (but slow to write especially in RAW format)
The slo-mo recording was fun too (although quality suffered)

There are three of my examples here, here and here
#32
Bluefrombirth
As an owner of both panasonic and Fuji "bridge" cameras I can confirm this camera will blow the pants off any "pany" and is better than the nikon full SLR that I got to replace it!!!!! After spending the best part of a grand on glass the Nikon is just about delivering the image quality of the Fuji straight from the box.
Please Fuji get back into the DSLR market your sensors are the best bar none!


Thats subtle trolling there. You might only get the same range with a Nikon DSLR with £1000 of lenses but the quality will be in a different league, especially at high ISO.
#33
Interesting pics, thought the canon did slightly more involving colours in some. Have read elsewhere that the FZ doesn't do so well indoors, but not likely I'd be looking to use a superzoom indoors I guess. :)

Is the sticky zoom a known issue on other FZ's or just the 45?
#34
Pondlife
Interesting pics, thought the canon did slightly more involving colours in some. Have read elsewhere that the FZ doesn't do so well indoors, but not likely I'd be looking to use a superzoom indoors I guess. :)

Is the sticky zoom a known issue on other FZ's or just the 45?


I found the Canon shots suffered far more from purple fringing and overall lack of detail, but I thought the colours were quite natural. Edge focus was a bit hit and miss too.

I don't really take low light shots, although I messed about outside in the dark last night waiting for the UFC to start oOhere and here

I thought the HS10 shots were all a bit muddy in anything other than very bright conditions 'Fox on the Ice' and 'duck on the ice'

I really miss the manual zoom now though.

The Amazon US reviews (FZ40 over there) suggest that the sticky zoom is not an isolated incident :(
#35
Loving the night shots, looks a good laugh.

Thought the duck pic was fine, what should I have noticed there? :)

Yeah I loved the manual zoom when I played with it, but it's not enough on it's own. :(
#36
Pondlife
Thought the duck pic was fine, what should I have noticed there? :)


Yeah. the duck pic was ok, but I only managed to get clear, sharp colourful results like that in very bright conditions.

I am aware that it may have been me though, so anyone buying the HS10 may well be as chuffed as I'd hoped I would be
#37
expired now
#38
I have one of these and i have been taking photos for over 30 years and am really impressed with the hs10 .I used mine on Saturday at a play i used no flash at the pictures were crystal clear
#39
Thanks for the code, I've just ordered a refurbished F70EXR for £85, bargain.

This will be my fourth refurbished Fuji, including an HS10, and I can certainly reccommend them. All the items I've had have been spotless. Fuji service is first class as well, they repaired a S9600FD when the mode selector dial broke off, 2 months after the warranty period had expired for free, including collection and delivery. This service has kept me a loyal customer.


fishtailer
How about a refurb with free delivery and 12 month warranty from fuji for 183.42?No affiliation with fuji but like their cameras and just bought - their refurb is like new. Almost certainly because the HS20 is just around the corner but at that price the HS10 is unmissable.My promo email below;'Get an extra 15% off all Fujifilm Refurbished cameras!Fujifilm's refurbishing scheme already offers you fantastic products at discounted prices, but we want to help you save even more by giving you an extra 15% off all refurbished cameras in the FujiShop for one month only!All of our refurbished cameras are tested and certified by Fujifilm and come with:» 28 day money back guarantee» 12 months warranty» Option to buy up to 5 years extra cover!*XXXTo receive your 15% discount and free delivery, simply enter promotion code P10FEB15 at the checkout. Valid until 17/03/2011 'Edited to add linkhttps://secure.fujifilm.co.uk/shop/consumer/digital/digital-cameras/view-all?utm_source=shop-newsletter&utm

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