Safari Guide Rating "Excellent"
Build Quality: 8/10
Features & Functions: 8.5/10
Zoom Control: 9.5/10
Focusing Speed: 8/10
Size & Weight: 7.5/10

Page 4 – Samples

HS30EXR Sample Photos & Video

Sample Photos

Below are the first few HS30EXR sample photos that I took on the first weekend after the camera arrived. All were taken using the Auto EXR mode and a few taken with my 2.2x Raynox teleconverter attached. The only editing that I have done is to reduce them in size as well as quality to optimize them for the web.

Sample Photo using the FujiFilm FinePix HS30EXR
Sample Photo using the FujiFilm FinePix HS30EXR
Sample Photo using the FujiFilm FinePix HS30EXR

Full zoom (30x) with the 2.2x Teleconverter attached – with a tripod

Exposure: 1/280 sec.

Taken at full zoom (30x) – handheld

Exposure: 1/250 sec.

My cat, Simba! Taken through the 2.2x teleconverter.

Exposure: 1/280 sec.


The photo of the Blackbird above was taken at full zoom (30x) and I had my 2.2x teleconverter attached – for more see attaching a Teleconverter to the FujiFilm HS30.

Sample Photos – On Safari

The photos below were taken during a recent visit to Tiger Bay Safari Lodge on the banks of the Umi River on the border of the Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe.

I have included a range of different photos to show the general capabilities of the camera. All the photos below were taken without a telephoto lens attached and without the use of a tripod and most were taken from a boat. I am mentioning this because it does demonstrate just how well the image stabilisation on the camera works, even when using the camera at maximum zoom levels.

Macro & Super Macro Modes

Incredibly even with such a large zoom lens, this camera can also take excellent photos really close up Using either the Macro mode or the Super Macro Mode that lets you take photos from only 1cm away!

To test it out, I took the three sample photos below of some flowers in my garden using the Macro and Super Macro Modes (click on the image for a larger version). The only editing that I have done is to reduce them in size and a little in quality to optimise them for the web.

Sample Photo using the FujiFilm FinePix HS30EXR
Sample Photo using the FujiFilm FinePix HS30EXR
Sample Photo using the FujiFilm FinePix HS30EXR

Using the Macro Mode on the FujiFilm FinePix HS30EXR

Focal Length:48mm
Exposure: 1/280 sec.

Using the Super Macro Mode on the FujiFilm FinePix HS30EXR

Focal Length:19mm
Exposure: 1/350 sec.

Using the Super Macro Mode on the FujiFilm FinePix HS30EXR

Focal Length:8mm
Exposure: 1/850 sec.


24mm Ultra Wide-Angle

As well as being able to take photos of distant objects and close up images, the camera can also shoot pretty wide angle shots that enable you to capture beautiful scenery photos.

This versatility is one of the biggest advantages of a superzoom bridge camera like the HS30EXR: one moment you can be taking close up photos of a lion in the distance and then quickly switch to the herd of Zebra right near your safari vehicle without having to change lenses.

The 24mm ultra wide-angle lens on this camera is wider than most other cameras in this class and it will enhance all kinds of shooting situations, like when you’re photographing herds of animals, groups of people, a large structure or a beautiful African landscape.

Full HD Movie Recording

The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is able to record high-resolution full-HD 1920×1080 movies with stereo sound (16:9 format) at 30 frames per second. (1280 x 720 pixels @ 60frames/sec. or 640 x 480 pixels @ 30frames/sec.)

The camera uses the H.264 (MOV) Full 1080p HD format and stereo sound. The mainstay of broadcasting and Blu-Ray technologies, the H.264 format produces file sizes that are smaller and easier to handle than AVI, plus they’re compatible with many applications and websites, making it simple for you to share video content via sites such as YouTube.

I really like the one-touch movie record button that enables you to capture all the action very quickly without having to change modes on the camera ensuring that you don’t miss any of the action.

Another excellent feature is that you can take still photos during your movie recordings.

The 30x optical zoom is also available in movie recording and as you can see from the video sample below, it is possible to use the zoom whilst filming. Because there is no powered zoom, you have to turn the lens barrel to change the framing. This takes some practice and with a tripod you can do it fairly smoothly. This manual zooming has the advantage of being silent – the sound of motor powered zooms is often picked up by the microphone and recorded on the film.

HD Video Sample

I took all the footage for the video below in my garden on the first few days after receiving the camera. Some was taken just using the camera and some with my 2.2x Raynox Teleconverter attached:

[To see the video in the best possible resolution, press play, then select 1080p HD on the menu bar and then open the video to Full Screen.]

Some Advice when shooting video:

Use a Tripod!
Whilst the FinePix HS30 does take good video in full HD, because of it’s very powerful zoom, I do recommend using a tripod. The first part of the film was mostly shot by hand holding the camera and you can notice the camera shake, especially if shooting at high magnifications.

Most of the bird scenes towards the end of the film were taken using a tripod and you can really see the improvement.

Super Telephoto with the 2.2x Teleconverter
I also used my Raynox 2.2x teleconverter for most of the bird scenes giving me a massive 66x zoom and I managed to take what I think are some pretty impressive scenes – here a tripod is almost essential. For more take a look at the section on attaching a Teleconverter to the FujiFilm HS30 below.

Low Light
Video shooting in low light is also pretty goo as Fujifilm have also included the EXR HD Movie mode. By employing the same Pixel Fusion technology as it does for still images, the FinePix HS30 delivers high sensitivity and low digital noise for movie capture in low lighting conditions without the need to resort to additional lighting. Now you can capture the mood of sunsets, interiors and parties in both still and movie form.

Editing the Film
I used the free Windows Live Movie Maker to put the film together and then uploaded it to Youtube.

Panoramic Photos

The “motion” Panoramic mode on the HS30 is simply stunning. Gone are they days where you had to use special software on your computer to stitch the photos together. With this FinePix camera they are easier to create than ever:

To take panoramic shots, all you have to do is select “Motion Panorama 360 Mode” on the main dial, then press the shutter button and just sweep the camera to pan the scene. That’s it! The FinePix HS30EXR very cleverly produces the 360° panorama shot, effortlessly and automatically!

From the settings menu when you are in Panoramic mode, you can also easily change the how wide you want your panorama to be – either 120°, 180° or 360°. You can also change the direction you want to sweep your camera – either Right to Left, Left to Right, Up to Down or Down to Up.

Below are a couple panoramic examples that I took whilst on a safari holiday in Zimbabwe using my older HS20 which has exactly the same feature:

120° Panoramic Sample Photo
Safari Sunset - 120° Panoramic Sample Photo

360° Panoramic Sample Photo
360° Panoramic Sample Photo



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