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Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR Ken McMahon, Sept 2012
 
 

Fujifilm HS30 EXR vs Sony Cyber-shot HX200V vs Panasonic Lumix FZ150 quality

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To compare real-life performance when zoomed-out, I shot this scene with the Fujifilm HS30 EXR, the Sony Cyber-shot HX200V and the Panasonic Lumix FZ150 within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings.

The zoom on all three cameras was set to produce an approximately equal field of view and image stabilisation was disabled for this tripod-mounted test.

 

  Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR results
1 Fujifilm HS30 EXR Quality
2 Fujifilm HS30 EXR RAW vs JPEG
3 Fujifilm HS30 EXR Noise
4 Fujifilm HS30 EXR Noise Reduction
5 Fujifilm HS30 EXR Sample images

 

The image above was taken with the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR. The camera was set to Aperture priority mode with the aperture set to f5.6 and the sensitivity set to 100 ISO. The HS30 EXR metered an exposure of 1/850 at f5.6.

Overall, the HS30 EXR has produced a nice result from this sunny scene, the exposure and white balance are good, with excellent detail throughout the tonal range and the colours are bright and saturated. Moving onto the crops, the overall level of detail is reasonably good, but they're not as clean as I would have expected after having my expectation raised a little by Fujufilm's claims. The fine detail in the first crop is obscured by a general grainy look and there's also a little smearing of the detail in the rocks.

The graininess is even more in evidence in the second crop, particularly in the sea and distant cliffs. The lighthouse is more of a clumpy white blob than a distinct white column and the window frames of the houses in the foreground lack crisp sharp edges. In the third crop a little softness has crept in which reduces the clumpy look, but does nothing for the resolution of fine detail and there's a touch of coloured fringing. The final crop from close to the centre of the frame is the best in terms of sharpness and edge detail, but there's still that processed clumpy look to the pixels. Also there's something a little odd going on with the diagonal lines of the white balcony rails which look 'stepped'.

Check out my Fujifilm HS30 EXR RAW vs JPEG results on the next page or see how these models compare at higher sensitivities in my Fujfilm HS30 EXR Noise results.

 


Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR
 
Sony Cyber-shot HX200V
 
Panasonic Lumix FZ150
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO


Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR results : Quality / RAW vs JPEG / Noise / EXR Noise Reduction


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