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February 02, 2010

New Fuji HS10 (HS11) is a 30X megazoom with a 10mp 1/2.3" backlit CMOS sensor (and RAW!)

Fuji is joining the party of backlit CMOS sensors and mega-zoom digital cameras with the new HS10 (HS11) model. It features a 10mp 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor, with a 30X (yes, thirty) optical zoom lens with CCD-shift stabilization. Zooming is done using the lens ring. RAW and RAW+JPEG is also available! It is already available for pre-order for $500.


Fuji_HS10_front_view


The BSI sensor allows 10fps shooting, and has "multi-frame technology" (sweep panorama?) which sounds similar to the Sony and Casio cameras of 2010 and 2009. So this may be the same Sony sensor (speculation).

The lens is all over the place, going from 24-720mm equivalent (insane in the lens-brain!), starting at f2.8 (wide) and f5.6 (telephoto). Not a typo - it has the 24-720mm equivalent focal range! And 1cm SuperMacro to boot.

Yes, the camera has RAW (RAF format), and also a RAW+JPEG option!

Other features include PASM (manual exposure, Tv, Av), SD/SDHC, 3-inch (230K) tilting LCD, EVF (obviously) with Eye-sensor, full-HD video (1920x1080, max 29 minutes), and it takes four AA batteries, just like the other three new superzooms of today.

Funnily, the Fuji website claims that the HS10 is the "smallest" 30X digital camera :)


Fuji_HS10_back_view


The camera is expected to ship in April with a rather high opening price of $500 (pre-order) . Ironically this is the only one of the 18 new Fuji cameras of today that do not have a PDF file brochure on the Fuji site, and it does not have sample pictures either.


Further Reading
+ Imaging Insider
+ Fuji
+ PDF brochure at Fuji Canada
+ "FujiGuys" unboxing the camera - part #1 - more parts coming up


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