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Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

16-megapixel digital camera with 42X optical zoom

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Our take on the Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Don't let a lack of zoom range restrict your shooting options. Fujifilm's FinePix HS50EXR has a massive 42X zoom lens that gives you the ability to shoot subjects near, far, and really far. Just because your son is stuck playing left field doesn't mean you can't get detailed close-ups of him from the bleachers. Get in tight with this camera's incredible range and manually adjustable zoom barrel, for framing your shot the old-fashioned way. Or pull back and photograph those objects that are literally right in front of you, with Super Macro mode for subjects as close as 1 centimeter. 

The flexibility of 42X zoom

Don't let a lack of zoom range restrict your shooting options. Fujifilm's FinePix HS50EXR has a massive 42X zoom lens that gives you the ability to shoot subjects near, far, and really far. Just because your son is stuck playing left field doesn't mean you can't get detailed close-ups of him from the bleachers. Get in tight with this camera's incredible range and manually adjustable zoom barrel, for framing your shot the old-fashioned way. Or pull back and photograph those objects that are literally right in front of you, with Super Macro mode for subjects as close as 1 centimeter. 

Manual exposure controls and easy auto modes

The HS50EXR's advanced CMOS sensor and EXR II processor form a potent imaging combination, for fast response times and sharp image quality. In addition to standard contrast auto focus, the HS50EXR also uses phase detection auto focus for quick focusing while photographing fast action. So your photos will be crisp and clear even with moving subjects. What about low light? The HS50EXR's sensor can capture rich color and contrast, even in poorly lit settings. Manual exposure controls give you the freedom to compose your own shots, or let EXR Auto mode adjust the camera's settings for you based on 108 scene recognition patterns.

Bracketing and filter effects

Want even more cool shooting options? Dynamic range and exposure bracketing capture multiple shots of the same scene with varied light settings to help you get just the right contrast and color. You can also bracket with Film Simulation mode, a unique feature that re-creates the look of three classic Fujifilm color films coveted by professional photographers in the pre-digital age. Film Simulation can also be applied as a creative filter, and eight other filters like Partial Color and Soft Focus let you alter perspective or highlight certain subjects within the frame.

Lots of ways to line up shots

Shooting in bright sunlight? Use the high-resolution electronic viewfinder. It's equipped with an eye sensor, so it switches on as soon as you look through it. You also get a high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor, which pulls out for multi-angle viewing. It's perfect for shooting from odd angles as well as checking out your photos and HD video, or showing them off to friends.


    • 16-megapixel (effective) EXR CMOS II sensor
    • 42X optical zoom (2X digital zoom/84X total zoom)
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-1000mm
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    • 3" swiveling high-resolution LCD screen (920,000 dots)
    • high-resolution electronic viewfinder (920K-dot) with eye sensor
    Special Features:
    • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and manual exposure modes
    • manual zoom lens barrel allows you to fine tune your shots
    • EXR Processor II offers high-speed phase detection auto focus
    • optical image stabilization counteracts shaky hands for blur-free photos
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
    • high-speed video shooting for slow-motion playback
    • film simulation mode re-creates the look of classic Fujifilm color films
    • 8 artistic filters for creative effects include Pop Color, Soft Focus, and Dynamic Tone
    • EXR Auto automatically adjusts the camera's settings based on 108 possible scene recognition patterns
    • image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG
    • high-speed shooting: 11 frames per second at full resolution (5 consecutive frames maximum)
    • 3 bracketing modes for generating multiple images from one shot (dynamic range, film simulation, and AE)
    • motion panorama mode allows you to sweep the camera up and down or side to side for up to a 360 degree shot
    • hot shoe for adding optional flashes
    • built-in flash
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • high-speed USB interface
    • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
    • 2.5mm external microphone input
    • 5-3/8"W x 4-1/16"H x 5-3/4"D
    • weight (without battery and memory): 28.5 oz.
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Supplied Accessories:
    • rechargeable battery and AC charging adapter
    • lens cap and hood
    • neck strap
    • USB cable
    • software CD-ROM

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital camera (black)
    • Lens cap (58mm)
    • Lens cap string
    • Lens hood
    • NP-W126 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V 1260 mAh)
    • BC-W126 Battery charger (8.4V 0.6A)
    • 81" AC cord
    • Neck strap
    • 25" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary USB connector on other end)
    • FinePix CD-ROM software disc
    • Basic Manual (English)
    • Basic Manual (Spanish)
    • Basic Manual (French)
    • Fujifilm Worldwide Network sheet
    • Technical support contact sheet
    • Product Registration/Warranty sheet
    • Manual correction sheet

    I had the Fujifilm HS20EXR previously until it fell and broke. I decided to get the 50 and it's awesome! great bridge camera if you cant get a DSLR.

    kkr96746, Hawaii


    Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Reviews

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    Fujifilm HS50EXR

    kkr96746 from Hawaii on 6/28/2013

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    I had the Fujifilm HS20EXR previously until it fell and broke. I decided to get the 50 and it's awesome! great bridge camera if you cant get a DSLR.




    MX2 from PUTNAM, NY on 5/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good camera over all with far reaching zoom. Resolution is of moderate quality despite the 16meg claim. The focus is quite temperamental, i.e. there were times when an image appears blurred but the same subject shot subsequently may be sharp. Inconsistencies generate unease to this photographer.

    Pros: Good ergonomics, smart options, long battery life.

    Cons: Focus uncertainties and disappointing resolution


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
    Wi-Fi No
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-1000mm
    Optical Zoom 42x
    Digital Zoom 2x
    Filter Diameter 58mm
    Manual Focusing Yes
    Manual Exposure Yes
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Mini
    Internal Memory 25 MB
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Sensor Size 1/2" CMOS
    Megapixels 16
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 4608 x 3456
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Width (inches) 5-3/8
    Height (inches) 4-1/16
    Depth (inches) 5-3/4
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 28.5
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

    Product Research

    Supplied Software


    42x Zoom Lens: The Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR is equipped with an f/2.8-5.6 Super EBC Fujinon lens with a 42x optical zoom to let you get close to your subject. The 4.4mm-185mm focal length is equivalent to 24-1000mm in 35mm photography. The lens has a 58mm filter thread so you can add an optional protective filter if you desire.

    Note: The HS50EXR has a manual zoom control.

    Intelligent Digital Zoom: The Intelligent Digital Zoom can be used to magnify the image by 1.4x or 2.0x. With the Intelligent Digital Zoom, the total magnification is 84x, with the (35mm) equivalent focal length range of up to 2000x.

    Vari-angle LCD Monitor: The HS50EXR has a 3" color LCD monitor featuring approximately 920,000 dots and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode. The monitor can be swiveled horizontally, and rotated 270° to allow you to view the monitor from virtually any angle.

    Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the camera has a 0.2" electronic viewfinder with 920,000 dots, and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage. The camera has an eye sensor that will automatically switch the image from the monitor to the viewfinder when you bring the camera up to your eye.

    BSI EXR CMOS Image Sensor: The FinePix HS50EXR features a new 1/2" EXR CMOS II image sensor with 16-megapixel resolution. Coupled with the EXR Processor II, the camera can deliver high-speed continuous shooting at full resolution, fast startup time, and beautiful images in low-light situations.

    EXR Auto: In the new EXR Auto with Motion Detection mode, the camera recognizes 10 basic types of scene: Landscape, Night, Night (Tripod), Macro, Beach, Sunset, Snow, Sky, Greenery, Sky & Greenery, and Auto. It also determines whether or not a person is present, and how much light is available. Assigning one or more of the EXR sensor modes (HR, SN, or DR), the EXR Auto mode optimizes exposure, white balance, focus, color, and tonality accordingly. The shooting data is recorded, so you can search through your photos by scene type, enabling you to find your pictures quickly and easily.

    Recording Media: Still images and movies are recorded onto the camera's 25 MB internal memory or optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards.

    Q Button: The innovative Q Button, located on the upper left side of the back panel, lets you skip directly to frequently used shooting menus, such as ISO Sensitivity, White Balance, and Film Simulation. The 4-way controller lets you maneuver up/down and left/right quickly to find the menu you need, while the command dial lets you select the setting you desire.

    Still Image Quality: The FinePix HS50EXR records still images in JPEG and RAW formats in Large, Medium, and Small sizes in 4:3, 3:2, 1:1, and 16:9 aspect ratios:

    4:3 Aspect Ratio 3:2 Aspect Ratio 16:9 Aspect Ratio 1:1 Aspect Ratio
    Large: 4608 x 3456
    Medium: 3264 x 2448
    Small: 2304 x 1728
    Large: 4608 x 3072
    Medium: 3264 x 2176
    Small: 2304 x 1536
    Large: 4608 x 2592
    Medium: 3264 x 1840
    Small: 1920 x 1080
    Large: 3456 x 3456
    Medium: 2432 x 2432
    Small: 1728 x 1728

    Motion Panorama: Motion Panorama enables you to capture the scene around you in an arc of up to 360 degrees in a single photo. The options for Motion Panorama include:

    • Motion Panorama 360: 11520 x 1624 (tall) or 11520 x 1080 (wide)
    • Motion Panorama 180: 5760 x 1624 (tall) or 5760 x 1080 (wide)
    • Motion Panorama 120: 3840 x 1624 (tall) or 3840 x 1080 (wide)

    HD/SD Movies: The HS50EXR can record high definition (16:9) and standard definition (4:3) movies are recorded in MOV format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) with stereo audio. A Class 10 SD card or better is recommended when shooting HD movies. The following options are available:

    • Full HD: 1920 x 1080, 1080p/60fps
    • HD: 1280 x 720, 720p/60 fps
    • VGA: 640 x 480, 480p/30 fps

    High Speed Movies: Movies can be shot at high speeds of up to 320 frames per second (fps). The higher the speed, the smaller the size of the images. No sound is recorded with High Speed movies. The available speeds and sizes are as follows:

    • 640 x 480 @ 120 fps
    • 320 x 240 @ 240 fps
    • 320 x 112 @ 480 fps

    RAW: The camera can record raw, unprocessed image data directly from the image sensor in RAW format. These images can be viewed on a computer using the RAW File Converter application that comes on the included CD-ROM. You can set the camera to RAW+JPEG to record both RAW and JPEG images simultaneously.

    Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted rotary mode dial, you can set the camera to suit your level and style of photography. The shooting mode choices include:

    • EXR: Optimize settings for your current subject or improve clarity, reduce noise, or enhance dynamic range. In the EXR Auto mode, the camera automatically selects the scene and EXR mode according to shooting conditions. In EXR Priority mode, you can select Resolution Priority, High ISO & Low Noise, or D-Range Priority. Dynamic range can be set to 800% or 1600%.
    • Auto: A point and shoot mode recommended for first time users of digital cameras.
    • Advanced: This mode combines point and shoot simplicity with sophisticated photographic techniques, including: Advanced Filter, Pro Focus, Pro Low-light, and Multiple Exposure.
    • Scene Position 1, 2: You can select a scene suited to the subject or shooting conditions, and save it in SP1 or SP2 memory for quick recall. Available scenes include Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, and Text.
    • P, S, A, M: Select one of the following exposure modes:
      • Program: The camera sets the shutter speed and aperture according to shooting conditions.
      • Shutter Priority: You select the shutter speed to capture the effect you desire, and the camera automatically sets the aperture according to shooting conditions.
      • Aperture Priority: You select the aperture to capture the depth of field you desire, and the camera automatically sets the shutter speed according to shooting conditions.
      • Manual: You manually set both the shutter speed and aperture for full control over the camera settings.
    • Custom: Lets you store and recall settings for P, S, A, M, and all EXR modes (except EXR Auto).
    • Motion Panorama: You can create sweeping panoramas in this mode by holding down the shutter release while panning. You can select a horizontal or vertical panorama in either direction. The completed panorama can be viewed on the camera.

    ISO Sensitivity: You can manually set the camera's sensitivity to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, or 12800. The Auto setting will adjust the sensitivity settings according to the shooting conditions. There are 4 automatic settings with a preset maximum sensitivity: Auto 3200, Auto 1600, Auto 800, and Auto 400. The higher the sensitivity setting, the better the camera is at reducing blur in poor lighting conditions, however, high settings can result in more noise in the recorded images.

    Film Simulation: The HS50EXREXR can simulate the effects of different kinds of film, including black-and-white. You can select one of the following options:

    • Provia/Standard: standard color reproduction
    • Velvia/Vivid: a high-contrast palette of saturated colors, suited for nature photos
    • Astia/Soft: a soft-toned palette of less-saturated colors
    • B&W: standard black-and-white
    • Sepia: takes pictures in sepia tone

    White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. You can select Auto, Direct Sunlight, Shade, "Daylight" fluorescent lamps, "Warm White" fluorescent lamps, "Cool White" fluorescent lamps, Incandescent light, and Custom (set by the camera for the specific lighting for the shot).

    Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure a total of 13 steps from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps. Exposure compensation is available in all modes except Auto, EXR Auto, Manual, and Fireworks.

    Continuous Shooting: You can choose one of the following continuous shooting modes:

    • Top: Shoots consecutive shots while the shutter button is pressed. You can set the shooting rate at 16 fps (Max 5 frames), 11 fps (5 frames), 6 fps (5 frames), or 3 fps (13 frames--size M, S).
    • Best Frame Capture: The camera shoots a series of 7 consecutive shots starting before and ending after the shutter release button is pressed. You can choose a frame rate of 16, 11, 6, or 3 frames per second. You can also vary how the 7 frames are distributed before and after the button is pressed.
    • AE Bracketing: Each time the shutter button is pressed, the camera takes 3 shots: one at the metered value for exposure, the second overexposed by a pre-selected amount, and the third underexposed by the same amount. You can set the bracketing amount to 1 EV, 2/3 EV or 1/3 EV.
    • Film Simulation Bracketing: Each time the shutter button is pressed, the camera takes three shots at different film simulation settings: Provia/Standard for the first, Velvia/Vivid for the second, and Astia/Soft for the third.
    • Dynamic Range Bracketing: Each time the shutter button is pressed, the camera takes three shots at different dynamic range settings: 100% for the first, 200% for the second, and 400% for the third.

    Self-timer: The camera gives you the choice of a 10-second or 2-second self timer.

    Optical Image Stabilization: The HS50EXR utilizes powerful lens-shift type image stabilization, combined with motion detection, if desired. You can choose whether image stabilization is performed at all times when the camera is in shooting mode (continuous), or only when the shutter button is pressed halfway (shooting only). You can turn off image stabilization when using a tripod.

    Auto Focus Area: The FinePix HS50EXR offers four auto focus area selections: Center (focuses on the central area), Multi (focuses on the center of the screen), Area (lets you change the position on the screen where the camera focuses), and Tracking (the camera tracks the subject within the frame). When focusing manually, the focusing ring used to move the focus closer or farther away.

    Focus Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:

    • Single: The camera focuses only when the shutter button is pressed halfway--good for stationary subjects.
    • Continuous: The camera continually focuses--choose for moving subjects.
    • Manual: You can focus manually using the focus ring on the lens, even after the camera auto-focuses on the subject.

    Focus Range: The focus ranges according to shooting mode are as follows:

    • Normal:
      • 1.4' to infinity (wide angle)
      • 9.8' to infinity (telephoto)
    • Macro:
      • 0.2' to 9.8' (wide angle)
      • 8.2' to 16.4' (telephoto)
    • Super Macro: 0.3" to 3.2'

    Super-Intelligent Flash: The FinePix HS50EXR has a built-in, manual pop-up flash with a range of 0.9' to 26.2' (Wide) and 8.2' to 13.1' (Telephoto). The Super-Intelligent Flash system instantly analyzes the scene based on such factors as the brightness of the subject, its position in the frame, and its distance from the camera. Flash output and sensitivity are adjusted for correct exposure. Red-eye removal minimizes the "red-eye" effect, and is available for each flash mode. You can choose from the following flash modes:

    • Auto: flash fires automatically as required by the shooting conditions
    • Forced Flash: flash will fire whenever a picture is taken
    • Slow Synchro: auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds (tripod recommended)
    • Flash Off: You can close the pop-up flash when flash photography is prohibited, or to capture natural lighting under dim light.

    Flash Brightness Adjustment: The intensity of the flash can be adjusted to suit the photography conditions or to achieve a desired effect. You can adjust the flash in 5 steps from -2/3 EV to +2/3 EV in 1/3 EV increments.

    Optional External Flash: The HS50EXR has a hot shoe that allows you to add an optional external flash unit, such as the Fujifilm EF20, EF42, or EF-X20.

    Intelligent Face Detection: When Face Detection is On, the camera automatically detects human faces anywhere in the frame and sets the focus and exposure for shots that emphasize portrait subjects. This mode will prevent the camera from focusing on the background when taking group portraits or self portraits.

    Light Metering: When Face Detection is off, you can select one of three Metering modes:

    • Multi: light metering where the camera automatically assesses the scene and selects the optimum exposure
    • Spot: light metering where the exposure is optimized for the center of the image
    • Average: light metering where an average value for the entire image is used

    Viewing Images: Images can be played back one-at-a-time or in a variety of multi-frame views. Multi-frame options include a side-by-side two-frame display (with smaller thumbnails of the previous and next frames, 9-image grid (3 x 3) and a 100-image grid (10 x 10) of micro-thumbnails. In the 9- and 100-image grid views, the highlighted image is slightly enlarged.

    Playback Zoom/Trimming: You can enlarge a still image in the monitor according to the image quality (size). After you have zoomed in and scrolled the picture to the desired composition, you can create a cropped image of a picture. Copies are saved at Medium, Small, or 640, depending upon the size of the original, and will have an aspect ratio of 4:3. The cropped copy will be saved as a separate file.

    Playback Menu: The playback menu contains the following options:

    • Photobook Assist: Create books from your favorite photos
    • Erase: Erases all or only selected frames
    • Mark For Upload: Select pictures for upload to YouTube or Facebook using MyFinePix Studio (Windows only)
    • Slide Show: Displays the images in a slide-show. You can select two image transitions and two playback intervals.
    • Red Eye Removal: Reduces the red-eye in flash photos if detected
    • Protect: Protect selected pictures from accidental deletion
    • Crop: Create a cropped copy of the current picture
    • Resize: Create a small copy of the current picture
    • Image Rotate: Rotates pictures taken in tall orientation so they are displayed properly in the LCD monitor
    • Copy: Copy pictures from the internal memory to a memory card.

    Printing Pictures: Using DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), you can designate which images to print, and whether to print them with or without date. Pictures can be printed as followed:

    • Printer or Photo Lab: plug the camera into a Pictbridge-compatible printer, insert the memory card into a compatible printer, or take the memory card to a digital photo lab
    • Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before printing them

    Power Requirements: The FinePix HS50EXR is powered by the supplied NP-W126 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. A fully-charged NP-W126 is good for approximately 500 shots. The supplied BC-W126 battery charger will charge an NP-W126 battery in about 150 minutes.

    Auto Power Off Function: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Power Off function will automatically turn off the LCD monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for 2 minutes or 5 minutes, as set in the menu.


    USB Multi-connector: The FinePix HS50EXR features a single proprietary jack for connecting either the supplied USB cable or an optional remote shutter release (RR-80A). The supplied USB cable will let you connect the camera to your computer for uploading your pictures, or to a PictBridge-compatible printer to print your images.

    HDMI Output: You can connect the HS50EXR to an HDTV via HDMI for viewing high definition movies and high resolution still images. A mini-HDMI (Type C connector) to HDMI cable is required.

    Microphone: The camera has a 2.5mm sub-miniplug input for connecting an external microphone, such as the Fujifilm MIC-ST1.

    Supplied Software

    System Requirements: The FinePix HS50EXR comes with MyFinePix Studio Version 4.2 for Windows and RAW File Converter versions for Windows and Macintosh on CD-ROM. In order to use this software, your computer must have one of the following operating systems:

    • MyFinePix Studio Ver.4.2/RAW File Converter for Windows: Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows XP (SP3)
    • RAW File Converter for Macintosh: Mac OS X Version 10.6 - 10.8

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