Although she looks like a DSLR, but the Fujifilm FinePix HS10 is a super zoom camera with a 30 x zoom. This has them thanks to their manual zoom ring and the rich facilities quite claim of a bridge camera, can but only with a tiny 1 / 2, 3 “sensor offer, which is normally used in ultra compact cameras.” Fujifilm is not its EXR sensor technology a, but a back-illuminated CMOS sensor (BSI) by Sony. test to show whether the camera operation, facilities, and image quality is proven, in the laboratory and practice.

Thanks to their strong grip is ergonomics and processing the Fujifilm FinePix HS10 excellently in the hand, the rubber coating ensures a secure grip. The plastic housing is indeed reasonably solid, is not torsion-stiff and groans something when you game picks up the camera. Ugly is that the tripod is made of plastic and is also rather than to see the optical axis right next to the battery compartment, that this not mounted on a tripod is more accessible. The HS10 is “Fired” by four ordinary Mignon/AA batteries, but batteries also can be used. Here those are recommended with low self-discharge like e.g. Sanyo eneloop. Alternatively, a power supply unit can be used, which can be connected via a battery-dummy and a side cut-out in the battery compartment. The SDHC memory card compartment on the handle side of the camera can be opened easily, however, also in Tripod mode. On the left side of the camera, a HDMI, as well as a combined USB/AV connection also can be found.

The large zoom lens, which is equipped with a manual zoom ring – a handy feature, which you will find little else is for the camera. The zoom is so continuously and precisely by 24-720 mm (EQ.) (KB) setting. An optical image stabilizer to reduce the forcibly in tele plus. Still needs to have a good deal light, around the subject without Verwackelungsunschärfen at aperture of F5, 6 to ward off the CMOS sensor. Also the choice of the image section is hardly accurately without tripod. Miscellaneous filters or even macro accessories can be connected via the 58 mm thread. The not revolving front lens also ensures the good availability of polarizing filters. The auto focus is however mainly in telephoto focal length needs more sluggishly, sometimes a second time. In the face of a wackelndes image, which is hardly surprising. The bright-orange colored auto focus assistance illuminator can as do little. The electronic focus ring, but unergonomisch tight sitting on the camera body is pleasant. In any case, you can better as of see-sawing the focus with the support of an electronic magnifying glass. Also here the tripod mode is however.

The SLR-like concept is emphasized by the large Flash and viewfinder hump. However, the electronic viewfinder has been disappointing. He is not only gross pixel-, but also small and appears at the end of a long black tube to sit. With glasses, there are edge abschattungen. The proximity sensor is convenient, however, so you need not manually enable the viewfinder. The screen resolves to something higher with 230,000 pixels as the viewfinder. In view of the large 7.6 cm diagonal, but also he could resolve finer. The folding, is very pleasant, however, making it easier to ground, as well as overhead shots. The screen is not hinged on the other hand. The mechanism makes a solid impression and is not objectionable. The control of the HS10 is based on more sophisticated cameras. So, there are numerous buttons to call the functions directly. The menus are rich equipped with options, what works but sometimes slightly confusing.

Facilities both for pure “Clippers” and “Check addicts” has much to offer the FinePix HS10. In auto mode the camera the photographer takes away all settings, only he must still use the zoom and the shutter button. While the camera can choose either on its own the appropriate scene selection on the basis of a lightning-fast image analysis or but the author provides. For this are provided equal to two settings on the program dial dial so that Flash can be switched to at least between two programs. The choice of the style of the film is based on the analogue photography, so, bright colours, black and white or sepia can be simulated realistically. The panorama mode, which can create a view with a simple pan is impressively simple. The operating principle is didn’t at Sony, where it is found as sweep panorama in some compact and system concepts. One shortcoming of these panoramas is the relatively low resolution, for Postkartengröße or touch-screen and flat-screen TV view reaches it but once.

Those who prefer make the image control into their own hands, can access back on program, time and shutter priority and manual exposure. Aperture and shutter speed are finely adjustable in third levels. The arranged right next to the program dial wheel, unlabeled dial that pleasant detent allows the setting of the exposure is practical. Although a live histogram is missing, a preview of the exposure does not exist, but nevertheless an exposure scale helps in manual mode on the camera light meter to Orient. The ability to store his favorite settings in an own mode the program dial dial is convenient.

Fujifilm establishes no own EXR CCD sensor in the HS10 and 10-megapixel high-speed CMOS-sensor with rear exposure known (BSI, backside illuminated), which should lead to a higher sensitivity and lower noise. The sensor is able to record even more, so e.g. FullHD videos. Fujifilm has powered extra a movie button the HS10, so you need not change the mode dial. The sound is recorded in stereo. Although you can adjust the zoom position during the shooting, but the focus is updated only in theory. Although the camera is equipped with this function, but the tracking appeals not reliable, so that when the a pan from near to far or vice versa sometimes the focus not directly is adjusted as in many other compact cameras. Also, the movie recording starts immediately, but only, if the camera has focused, for which she however briefly disables the screen. You can not replace a camcorder this ham-fisted video function.

Of photo functions, Fujifilm understands more. For example, the Flash is quite powerful and it works, but only manually, high enough, so the large lens casts no shadow, also the illumination is balanced, regarding both the exposure and the vignetting. The Flash is largely configurable, whether an exposure, flashing on the second curtain or a slow sync. The HS10, but only with center pin has even a hot shoe, there is no system flashes. A Flash with its own measuring cell and the “how” of photographers provided you can but to work. The facilities with a series of image functions is also good, high speed recordings are possible (film and photo). There is an own button on the camera, also an exposure and focus store button are available. And exposures are also missing in the Repertoire of the FinePix HS10.

Image quality of the 10 megapixel resolution CMOS sensor, which is used in the Fujifilm HS10 is known except his low noise at higher ISO sensitivities, not just for its outstanding image quality, a super zoom lens (at least 30 x with the FinePix) should be normally not necessarily conducive to the image quality. To underpin the practice impressions with objective facts, the HS10 in the test lab on the important parameters and was tested. If you are interested in the precise laboratory values, charts, and measuring results, finds including a comment of test engineer and a school note table as a review of the links. The laboratory test costs EUR 1.40 once, can be consulted together but also in the framework of a flat rate with other protocols.

Unfortunately the laboratory can not refute the pessimistic assumptions and impressions of the practice. The zoom lens shows a clear edge waste of the resolution, which is not to eliminate by stopping down in all three measured focal lengths (wide angle, medium zoom position and tele). In wide angle this unevenness is most pronounced, but also, because here the resolution in the Center is the highest. The non-uniform resolution is accompanied by a high dependency of direction, so that the camera can play different structures in the individual color channels only very irregularly. This artifacts occur by the imaging of fine structures like about moire, what to show in practice in fabric structures, blinds and other fine structures. The focus is not just squeamish to works, so that the edge playback is also accompanied by disorders such as black and Weißclipping.

The distortion that excellent low is, however, almost invisible. That is helped here electronically is obvious, but ultimately the end result is one. A Randabdunklung is in fact in all three focal lengths up as dimmed almost identical measurably, but it is very even in the course and is only about an aperture level in the extreme corners. Also here is probably electronically more or less greatly helped, but in practice you feel usually does not interfere with this natural optical phenomenon. The noise curve of all ISO levels is almost as level drawn with a ruler. The noise is always low. However, that is accompanied by a soft playback of picture details. With the Höherschalten of at ISO levels, the camera so not in the noise too, but loses detail. Excellent this fails the dynamic range which starts at ISO 100 with 9.2 f-stops and ISO 3,200 is still 8.2 f-stops. The high noise reduction positively influenced this value.

The tone curve is easy at gesteilt, shows a good weight of slightly softer lights and is much softer in the shade. The shadow value is indeed slightly raised, the black is but still better than in many competitors, so that you can give well here on a subsequent correction. The two levels of compression in JPEG are well matched. The low compression works visually lossless, the normal compression allows twice as many images and is still a good image quality. Who disturb the many interventions by Fujifilm in the imaging, can try is to RAW format, which provides the camera. Although this format does not guarantee that the camera has prepared the sensor data not something, but there is still more potential. Ago all but can who would like to author even decide, how many of the details he with the noise smooth iron or whether he accepts körnigere images, for not soft washed that look.

You can call the Fujifilm FinePix HS10 conclusion from the body and the control, as well as the facilities as managed. It lies with the strong grip in the hand, offers everything a photographer’s heart desires from the automatic to full manual control. Thanks to direct selection buttons, it has quickly set it without to get bogged down in nested menus. Also the manual zoom is good to use, the huge telephoto focal length is controllable but only by the optical image stabiliser, auto-focus but has as his difficulties with the long focal length and needs often long or even a second time. It has to do without in the pixel- and small electronic viewfinder. The biggest shortcoming but is the image quality, which is at best on medium level of compact camera.