Superzoom of the year

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

2013 Superzoom of the year


Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR: £349


The past year has seen a wave of bridge cameras hit the shelves, and while some have offered jaw-dropping zoom ranges, the FinePix HS50EXR is the most complete offering.

While not the longest, the 42x optical zoom from 24-1000mm should be more than enough for most people's needs, while the manual zoom ring provides refined control that just isn't possible with an electronic unit.

The 16MP 1/2in EXR CMOS II sensor delivers the goods too and is able to alter its colour filter array depending on the shooting situations, switching between High Resolution, Wide Dynamic Range and High Sensitivity and Low Noise options to deliver the best results for the scene.

Coupled with a fast AF and an excellent viewfinder, it's no wonder the HS50EXR is our pick of the superzoom compacts.

Runners-up

Sony Cyber-shot HX300

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Sony Cyber-shot HX50

Pentax X-5