Fujifilm Introduces Superzoom Cameras
Getting that perfect shot is a matter of being quick with your trigger finger, and Fujifilm is promising to make that even easier by introducing its new FinePix HS50EXR camera at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday. Fujifilm claims that the HS50EXR has the fastest autofocus of any on the market — 0.05 seconds in "the fastest conditions." Furthermore, the camera can boot up in as little as a half a second, says Fujifilm, and shoot at a rate of up to 11 pictures per second.
(Last Friday, Samsung made a fastest-focus claim with its new NX300 mirrorless camera.)
Though not removable as on an SLR or mirrorless camera, the 42x (24-1000mm) zoom lens (with image stabilization) has a manual adjustment ring that provides the feel of a higher-end camera. Shooters can frame pictures by peering into the electronic viewfinder or looking at the 3-inch tilting LCD screen [See also: What is a mirrorless camera?]
The HS50EXR captures 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second, and can shoot at up to 480 fps at lower resolution to capture slow-motion movies. In addition to built-in stereo microphones, it has a jack for connecting an external mic.
Fuji's HS50EXR doesn't have the longest zoom, but it comes close. In October, TechNewsDaily reviewed Canon's PowerShot SX50 HS, which is capable of 50x optical zoom on its own fixed lens. On the other hand, the HS50EXR does offer higher resolution compared to the PowerShot: 16 vs. 12.1 megapixels.
The cameras are close, pricewise, with the Canon PowerShot listing for $479 and the Finepix going for $550.
Along with the HS50EXR, Fuji is also debuting another superzoom camera at CES, the FinePix SL1000. It matches the Canon's 50x optical zoom, while providing 16-megapixel resolution and a 3-inch tilting LCD screen. It shoots 1080i movies at 60fps and provides the same electronic viewfinder and 3-inch rotating screen at a price of $400.
Both the HS50EXR and SL1000 are expected to go on sale in March.