Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Super Zoom!

The new HS50EXR superzoom camera has some impressive features I think any photographer can enjoy.  After a week of playing with the camera certainly the zoom capability shines bright!  With a 42X zoom from 24mm to 1000mm it is truly a new type of optical power in your photo arsenal.
I am showing some of the highlights of the camera below - but for complete details check out the link above or read the reviews beginning to pop up online.

The camera shares the Q button with others in our line up.  This popular Quick access to the menu is a handy way to control your camera settings.
The HS series has long been known for its high speed capability and the HS50EXR shows it off in the movie mode as well as frame rate for still shooting.

Digital zoom allows you to get an approximately 84x effective zoom image.  That's about 2,000mm.

Focus peaking is included as well.  Of course Raw files.

Internal and external mic capability.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE have a flip out and tilt swivel LCD - AWESOME!!

The only issue in the below long zoom examples was that we had a very hot day and the temps were about 85 and the HAZE was affecting the sharpness of the images.

This was a quick snap showing the power of the zoom.  The next four images show a scene then a woman who happened to be in the scene....

Model name FinePix HS50EXR
Number of effective pixels *1 16.0 million pixels
Image sensor 1/2-inch EXR CMOS II with primary color filter
Storage media
  • Internal memory
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC(UHS-I) memory card*2
File format
still image
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*3, RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
H.264 (MOV)
Linear PCM / stereo sound
Number of recorded pixels
still image
L : (4:3) 4608 x 3456 / (3:2) 4608 x 3072 / (16:9) 4608 x 2592 / (1:1) 3456 x 3456
M : (4:3) 3264 x 2448 / (3:2) 3264 x 2176 / (16:9) 3264 x 1840 / (1:1) 2432 x 2432
S : (4:3) 2304 x 1728 / (3:2) 2304 x 1536 / (16:9) 1920 x 1080 / (1:1) 1728 x 1728

<Motion Panorama>
360° Vertical 11520 x 1624 Horizontal 11520 x 1080
180° Vertical 5760 x 1624 Horizontal 5760 x 1080
120° Vertical 3840 x 1624 Horizontal 3840 x 1080
Fujinon 42x optical zoom lens
focal length
f=4.4 - 185mm, equivalent to 24 - 1000mm on a 35mm format
F2.8 (Wide) - F5.6 (Telephoto)
12 groups 17 lenses
Digital zoom Intelligent digital zoom approx. 2.0x (up to approx. 84x, with 42x optical zoom)
Aperture F2.8-F11 (Wide) F5.6-F11(Telephoto) 1/3EV step
Focus distance
(from lens surface)
  • Wide : Approx. 45cm to infinity / 1.4ft. to infinity
  • Telephoto : Approx. 3.0m to infinity / 9.8ft. to infinity
  • Wide : Approx. 7cm - 3.0m / 2.7in. - 9.8ft.
  • Telephoto : Approx. 2.5m - 5.0m / 8.2ft. - 16.4ft.
Super Macro
  • Approx. 1.0cm - 1.0m / 0.4in. - 3.2ft.
Sensitivity Auto, Equivalent to ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400* / 12800* (Standard Output Sensitivity)
  • * ISO6400 : image size M or lower, ISO12800 : image size S
Exposure control TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average
Exposure mode Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Shooting modes
Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text
EXR, AUTO, P, S, A, M, C, PANORAMA, SP1, SP2, Adv.
Image stabilizer Lens shift type
Exposure compensation -2.0EV - +2.0EV 1/3EV step
Shutter speed (Auto mode) 1/4sec. to 1/4000sec., (All other modes) 30sec. to 1/4000sec.
(combined mechanical and electronic shutter)
Continuous shooting
H : approx. 11fps (max. 5 frames)
M : approx. 7.0fps (max. 5 frames)
L : approx. 3.0fps (max. 5 frames)
SH : approx. 16fps (max. 13 frames ; Size M,S)
Best Frame capture
H : approx. 11fps 7 frames (Size L,M,S)
M : approx. 7.0fps 7 frames (Size L,M,S)
L : approx. 3.0fps 7 frames (Size L,M,S)
SH : approx. 16fps 7/14 frames (Size M,S)
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing : ±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV
Film Simulation Bracketing : PROVIA / STD, Velvia / VIVID, ASTIA / SOFT
Dynamic Range Bracketing : 100% / 200% / 400%
Single AF / Continuous AF (EXR AUTO, Movie) / Manual AF (One-push AF mode included)
Intelligent Hybrid AF: Phase Detection AF / Contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available
AF frame selection
Center, Multi, Area, Tracking
White balance Automatic scene recognition
Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom
Self-timer Approx. 10sec. / 2sec. delay / Auto release
Flash Auto flash (super i-flash)
Effective range : (ISO AUTO)
  • Wide : Approx. 30cm - 8.0m / 1ft. - 26.2ft.
  • Telephoto : Approx. 2.5m - 4.0m / 8.2ft. - 13.1ft.
Flash modes
Red-eye removal OFF
Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON
Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
Hot shoe YES
Electronic Viewfinder 0.26-inch., approx. 920,000 dots, color LCD viewfinder approx. 100% coverage
LCD monitor 3.0-inch, approx. 920,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor, Vari-Angle, approx. 100% coverage
Movie recording 1920 x 1080 pixels / 1280 x 720 pixels (60 frames/sec.) / 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.) with stereo sound
  • * Optical zoom function (manual) can be used.
Photography functions EXR mode, High Speed Movie (120 / 240 / 480 frames/sec.), Face Detection, Auto Red-eye removal, Advanced mode (Pro focus, Pro low light, Multiple exposure), Motion Panorama 360, Film simulation, Electronic level, Histogram display, Focus check, Focus peaking in Manual focus mode, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Best frame capture, Advanced Anti Blur, Date stamp, Scene recognition on movie recording (Auto / Macro / LAandscape / Night / Portrait / Backlit Portrait / Night Portrait), Advanced filter (Toy Camera / Miniature / POP COLOR / High-Key / Low-Key / Dynamic Tone / Partial Color / Soft Focus), Microphone-level adjustment
Playback functions Face Detection, Auto Red-eye removal, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Protect, Crop, Resize, Slide show, Image rotate, histogram display, exposure warning, Photobook assist, image search, Favorites, Mark for upload, Panorama, Erase selected frames
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print, 35 Languages selection, Time difference, Silent mode
Digital interface
USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI output
HDMI Mini connector
Audio input
Ø2.5mm external microphone
Power supply Li-ion battery NP-W126 (included)
Dimensions 134.9(W) x 101.3(H) x 145.9(D) mm / 5.3(W) x 4.0(H) x 5.7(D) in.
Weight Approx. 808g / 28.5oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 758g / 26.7oz. (excluding battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature 0°C - 40°C
Operating Humidity 10% - 80% (no condensation)
Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation Approx. 500 frames (AUTO mode)
  • * Fujifilm research based on CIPA standards
Accessories included Li-ion battery NP-W126
Battery charger BC-W126
Shoulder strap
USB cable
Lens hood
Lens cap and Lens cap cord
Owner's manual
Optional accessories Li-ion battery NP-W126
Battery charger BC-W126
Remote Release RR-80A
Shoe Mount Flash EF-42 / EF-20 / EF-X20
Protector Filter PRF-58
Stereo microphone MIC-ST1
  • *1 Number of effective pixels: The number of pixels on the image sensor which receive input light through the optical lens, and which are effectively reflected in the final output data of the still image.
  • *2 Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.
  • *3 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.

I am an employee of FUJIFILM North America Corporation.
The statements, comments and opinions expressed here represent my own, personal views and are not endorsed by, or affiliated in any way with, FUJIFILM North America Corporation or its affiliates. 


  1. Anonymous7:35 AM

    Hello i am french and the HS50EXR has just became in france. i'd love to buy it, but every time i found some picture from it on th e web, they are so bad . . . And when i see your pictures from the HS50EXR, i found them so great.
    So please, can you send me some original picture from HS50EXR without modifications to be able to appreciate the quality ?!

    Thanks, and sorry for my bad english.

  2. wow... i love those camera above!!! Would like to give one :P

  3. Anonymous9:41 AM

    @ Anonymous, I just bought this camera yesterday and I absolutely love the quality! Worth every penny!


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