FUJIFILM FinePix HS10 Digital Camera


What does the 20% ReviewGist Score mean?

Fuji FinePix HS10 is a not recommended buy as per the ReviewGist score of 20%. This is because even though the Fuji FinePix HS10 has garnered excellent reviews from most reviewers, it might not come with the latest specifications as it is a relatively very old model.

  • Excellent ratings from over 34 review sources with an average rating of 4.0 stars. Top review sources include Imaging-Resource.com, CNet.com(3.5 stars), DigitalCameraInfo.com and DcResource.com.
  • Released 4 years 10 months ago (Feb 2010) which makes it one of the very old digital cameras in the market.


Key Features
Camera Type Standard Point and Shoot, SLR-like (bridge)
Image Sensor Type CMOS
Optical Zoom 30.0 x
Resolution 10.3 Megapixel
LCD Screen Size 3.0 in.
HD Recording Format 1080i (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV)
Digital Zoom 2.0 x
Focal Length 4.2 - 126 mm
Focus Range 19.69 in. to Infinity (w) / 196.85 in. to Infinity (t)
Focus Type Autofocus & Manual Focus
Interchangeable Lens Not Interchangeable Lens
Macro Focus Range 0.4 - 38.4 in. (w) / 78.74 - 196.85 in. (t)
35mm Zoom Lens 24 - 720 mm
Image Quality
Camera Resolution 10.3 Megapixel
Image Resolutions 2592 x 1728, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432, 3648 x 2056
Video Format Motion JPEG, MPEG-4
Video Resolutions 320 x 240, 640 x 480 (VGA), 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080
Video Speed 30.0 fps
Exposure Control
Aperture Range f2.8/f5.6 (w/t) - f11/f11 (w/t)
Frames Per Second 10.0 Frames
Shutter Speed 1/4 - 1/4000 sec
White Balance Auto, Manual, Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Incandescent (Preset), Shade (Preset)
Compression Modes Fine, Normal
Compression Type JPEG, EXIF 2.2, DPOF 1.1
Memory Type Built-in, SD Card, SDHC Card
Flash Functions Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync, Forced On
Flash Type Auto, Flash Off, Fill-in mode, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow synchro
ISO Speeds Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
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Viewfinder / Display
LCD Panel LCD Panel
LCD Protected Position Not LCD Protected Position
LCD Screen Resolution 230000.0 pixels
Viewfinder Without Viewfinder
Interface Type USB 2.0
Video Interface Video Out
Power Supply
Battery Life 360.0 Images
Battery Type 4 x AA Batteries
Included Features
Built-in Microphone Built-in Microphone
Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
Tripod Mount Tripod Mount
Depth 5.0 in.
Height 3.6 in.
Weight 1.4 lb.
Width 5.1 in.
Warranty 1 Year
Exterior Color Black
Family Line Fuji FinePix
MPN 16018645
Product ID 95665629
Release Date April, 2010
UPC 4547410118032
ReviewGist ID 50391,95665629

Manufacturer Description

10.3 Megapixel, Point and Shoot Camera, 3 in. LCD Screen, 30x Optical Zoom, With Video Capability, Weight: 1.4 lb.
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ReviewGist Report for Fuji FinePix HS10


The Fujifilm FinePix HS 10 was released in February 2010 and is the latest member of Fujifilm's famed big-zoom 'bridge' cameras. Below we enumerate the salient features of the Finepix HS 10 as advertised by Fuji. We further dissect the reviews provided by 31 expert reviewers including those by CNet, The Washington Post and PhotoReview and look at whether the HS10 delivers on Fuji's promise.

What the Manufacturer Says

As per Fuji's press release, The FinePix HS 10 features the world's first 30x optical zoom with manual zoom mechanism, advanced photographic features and full HD movie capture. The extreme long-zoom, high speed capture and other unique features make for an 'all in one' photographer's camera.

The HS10 boasts a 30x wide-angle optical zoom lens and is the most appealing feature of the camera. This lens enables capturing images on the spectrum ranging from true wide angles to ultra telephoto. The lens is not removable as it is fixed to the camera body. Fuji claims this protects the lens and the sensor from exposure to dust, when the lenses are being replaced.

The HS10 encapsulates a 10 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. The technology utilises what Fuji calls the Back-side Illumination CMOS capture to produce well-detailed images.The 'Pro-Low light' mode combines multiple high-sensitive and low noise-exposures to produce a sharp image. The HS 10 allows the user to click photos at 10 frames-per-second at the maximum megapixel (10 MP) setting.

Other features include,
1. 10.3 Megapixel Resolution
2. HD Recording
3. Electronic viewfinder
4. Allows movie capture at 1000 frames per second for slow-motion movies.

What the Reviews Say

First things first. EVERYBODY loves the lens. If there's one thing the experts are willing to swear-by it is the whopping 30x lens. The folks at CNet and DigitalCameraInfo are highly impressed with Fuji's offering in terms of the lens. Cameras.co.uk absolutely loves the "definition" when the lens is fully zoomed in. Fuji which offers both manual and auto focus, with this camera, doesn't evoke any complaints regarding the lens from the reviewers' community.

The experts seem to be satisfied with the image quality in good light at ISO levels under 800. The consensus from the reviewers at CNet, PhotoReview, and others is that this camera photographs well for low ISO levels. However, above ISO 800 , the experts feel the tiny image sensor (1/2.3 inch) compromises the image quality. CNet felt the intricate details were lost due to high levels of noise. The T3 Gadget website and PhotoReview seemed to echo CNet's findings.

The experts aren't exactly chuffed with the video quality either. While the HS 10 promised HD resolution recording, the video quality was "pretty ordinary" according to PhotoReview, while The Washington Post felt the video was "weak" in colour. PhotoReview, however, liked the existence of a High-Speed movie mode that allowed for a viewing of the video in slow-motion.

The HS 10 is pretty efficient for a camera that uses 4 AA batteries, according to Steve's Digicams. There isn't much of a hulla-baloo regarding battery-life, so the battery seems to work adequately. This would indicate that the battery life and functioning aren't cause for any concern.

The 'ReviewGist'

While the camera delivers big-time on the lens, it seems to leave the photographers yearning for more image quality at higher ISO levels. Fuji promised "legendary" image quality seems to be fulfilled at low ISO levels only.
The HD video quality also leaves a lot to be desired.

To summarize, the FinePix HS 10 works as a 'bridge camera' providing a wonderful lens, good design and satisfactory but not excellent image and video quality.

Buying Advice

The Finepix HS10 is one of the more affordable ultra-zooms in the market and is a good bridge option for the point-and-shoot photographer to use before stepping onto the DSLR world.

In the market, the HS10 has some rather fierce competition from the older Fuji Finepix S200EXR and the Finepix S100FS - both of which are pretty accomplished ultra-zooms with mechanical image stabilization's and the slightly expensive but highly rated Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100.