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Sinniberg
24-12-12, 11:23 AM
Hello members,

I was wondering if anyone would be so kind and give me their thoughts on the following.

Earlier this year I went into a local camera shop looking for a camera that would be a step up from my Panasonic compact.

I was recommended the Fuji HS20 EXR bridge camera and told that it was the "top seller" and on the face of it, it seemed to be what I was looking for so I purchased one.

To cut a long story short I am almost lost for words at how poor this camera is. The automatic setting is not worth using so I have it in the EXR mode(s) but frankly this camera is incacpable of taking a decent photo with 9/10 photos blurred, over-exposed or full of noise.

You basically try the different settings whilst photographing and hope for the best but tend to scrap 23 out of every 25 photos you take. I mostly photograph ships in the harbour so at times need quite a bit of zoom but anything over 2/5 of the zoom while hand held is a disaster.

Picture quality beyond, say, 2/3rds zoom is pathetic(even using a tripod) and makes me wonder what the point of having such a large zoom is.

Even when I try to set it on a wall for stability the LCD screen blacks out and I can't see what I'm photographing!.

Apologies for the rather negative tone of my post but I simply can't see that I should be getting such poor results, even from a bridge camera.

Could anyone suggest a better bridge camera or an entry level DSLR?. I have been doing quite a bit of research and it would seem that Canon and Nikon cameras are quite highly rated.

Sincerest thanks for your time and thoughts.

Chris Cool
24-12-12, 07:59 PM
Hi and welcome.

The problem is in the sensor size and cramming too many pixels on it. The Panasonic and Fuji both have the 1/2.3" sensor which is smaller than a fingernail. This means that they need plenty of light to work properly. Look at the chart here Clicky (http://www.ephotozine.com/article/sensor-size-explained-with-sample-photos-17813) and compare the 35mm size with the 1/2.3" size sensor.

The answer is a bigger sensor and forgo the long zoom.

DSLR camera of the year was the Pentax K-30 Clicky (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/pentax_k30_review/) and has been reduced so Google for best price. It uses the APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) size sensor.

Else you may like a fixed lens camera with a 1" sensor Clicky (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_cybershot_dsc_rx100_review/)

Or you may want a 4/3rds compact CSC like this Clicky (http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/olympus-e-pm1-compact-system-camera-with-14-42-mm-lens-black-11875767-pdt.html?srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~UFC-Compact_System_Cameras~11875767~LT&mctag=gg_goog_7904_&searchType=AdWordsSearch&externalAdId=19443548484&placement=&gclid=CMb9vKPps7QCFXHLtAod3jQAXQ)

Lots to read up on for Xmas day :)

Cheers!



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Sinniberg
24-12-12, 10:35 PM
Hello, and many thanks for your reply. I have asked about this on another forum but your reply and info is the most truthful I've recieved.

Would you say this camera is a lost cause?. It really does just seem to have a mind of it's own and let's me down so much more than it succeeds.

Chris Cool
25-12-12, 12:58 PM
It would appear that you are having problems with your Fuji yet I've seen some great photos taken with it on Flickr Clicky (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Fuji+HS20+EXR)

This was one of my favourites:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8025/7592910412_49bb2ab4d0.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisparker2012/7592910412/)
DSCF1042 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisparker2012/7592910412/) by Chris Parker2012 (http://www.flickr.com/people/chrisparker2012/), on Flickr

If you want to stick with a bridge, then have a look at the Panasonic FZ200 which has a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout its 25-600mm range. Clicky (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_fz200_review/)

Cheers!

Sinniberg
25-12-12, 05:27 PM
Thanks, yes it is usually very good at close range and when the camera is rock steady(and providing the object isn't beyond 3/4 zoom) but sadly for me that's no use :(

In photographing ships I often need to be able to just grab the camera and shoot but the HS20 seems very sensitive to the slightest movement.

:)

Sumo
25-12-12, 05:52 PM
Not sure why your screen blacks out when it's put on a wall? Sounds like a faulty camera. I take it you have found the anti vibration settings? On off?
People will always say about small sensors but remember it's the person on the shutter button who calls the shots!

Sinniberg
25-12-12, 07:05 PM
Yes, I even went back to the shop where I bought it because I was so unhappy with the photos it was producing but they just fobbed me off and basically said it was my fault and that I needed to use the different settings to get the best out of it.

Sadly, I'm probably out of the warranty as I bought it in March/April.