FujiFilm HS20 EXR

FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR front
  • 16MP - 1/2" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Increase to 12800)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 730g - 131 x 91 x 126mm
  • Revealed January 2011
  • Alternative Name is FinePix HS22 EXR
  • Successor is Fujifilm HS30EXR
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

FujiFilm HS20 EXR summary

FujiFilm HS20 EXR is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first launched on January of 2011. It features a 16 MegaPixel, EXRCMOS 1/2" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456. The camera is also known as "FinePix HS22 EXR" in other markets.

FujiFilm released the fresher Fujifilm HS30EXR (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this model.

The HS20 EXR is ranked #63 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #536 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try out our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your custom requirements.

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Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

FujiFilm HS20 EXR history

The FujiFilm HS20 EXR has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can find all older and latest models alongside important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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FujiFilm HS20 EXR Pros and Cons

Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the FujiFilm HS20 EXR based on aspects that are oftentimes considered necessary in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
built-in flash
comes with face detect autofocus
comes with tracking focus
great reach (720mm)
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has HDMI socket
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
screen tilts
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
supports RAW formats
does not have headphone socket
does not have microphone socket
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have Timelapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
more heavy than competition (730g)
screen has low resolution (460 thousand dots)
sensor is very small (1/2")
slow at tele end (f5.6)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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FujiFilm HS20 EXR Sensor details

The FujiFilm HS20 EXR is run by the EXR processor chip. The measurement of the sensor in the FujiFilm HS20 EXR is 6.4mm x 4.8mm (1/2"). The 31 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.

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The EXRCMOS sensor has 16MP and includes a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. This ISO can be widened electronically to a high of 12800. RAW photos are saved therefore you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the HS20 EXR's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The HS20 EXR sensor has a crop factor of 5.6 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

FujiFilm HS20 EXR dimensions

FujiFilm HS20 EXR weighs in at 1.61 lb (730g / 25.75 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 131mm x 91mm x 126mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 5.0"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the FujiFilm HS20 EXR is heavier when compared to its competitors.

Photography Glossary

Below is a pic of the FujiFilm HS20 EXR with a soft drink so you can get a feel for its scale.

FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR dimensions scale

The top view here will show the button layout on the HS20 EXR.

FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR topview buttons dials

FujiFilm HS20 EXR Lens specs

The HS20 EXR offers a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 24-720mm giving it a 30.0 x zoom which is exceptional and does make it easier to zoom right in.

At the widest 24mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 and that is rather slow and not great for low light events and you may find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will also need to increase the ISO giving you noisy shots. For the tele end, 720mm is exceptional zoom and comes to f5.6 making it very sluggish and you might need to set slower shutter speeds.

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FujiFilm HS20 EXR Connectivity

The HS20 EXR has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send files and usually alter settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

A few applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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FujiFilm HS20 EXR Video specs

The max video resolution in the FujiFilm HS20 EXR is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 file format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance for video quality versus file sizes but 1080p will not leave you with any room to downsample. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone socket which means that you have little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to order a different camera if you require better sound for your videos.

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FujiFilm HS20 EXR Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the FujiFilm HS20 EXR so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.

FujiFilm HS20 EXR Screen and Viewfinder

The FujiFilm HS20 EXR features a 3 inch tilting screen supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications for FujiFilm HS20 EXR are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Coverage 97%

Viewfinders can be very helpful for bright outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

FujiFilm HS20 EXR Shutter specs

FujiFilm HS20 EXR continuous shooting speed is 8.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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FujiFilm HS20 EXR Flash and Hot shoe specs

FujiFilm HS20 EXR features both built in flash together with external flash support.

FujiFilm HS20 EXR Autofocus specs

FujiFilm HS20 EXR features just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & precise when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which makes it valuable for portraits.

It also features Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. FujiFilm HS20 EXR includes manual focusing if needed for low light conditions or you need more exact control on focusing.

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FujiFilm HS20 EXR Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the maximum (600) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the best battery life:

FujiFilm HS20 EXR for different types of photography

The following diagram indicates a rundown of the FujiFilm HS20 EXR for different types of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section below.

FujiFilm HS20 EXR as a Portrait photography camera

The FujiFilm HS20 EXR has a points tally of 55 which is average, and means the camera is reasonably suitable to use for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support in addition to the ability to work with off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
supports face detect focus
supports RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2")

FujiFilm HS20 EXR Street photography details

With a decent score of 54, the FujiFilm HS20 EXR is relatively suited for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
sensor size is tiny (1/2")
heavier than average (730g)

FujiFilm HS20 EXR Sports photography factors

A reasonable sports photography points tally of 52 suggests the FujiFilm HS20 EXR is somewhat acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have excellent autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (16MP)
includes tracking focus
sensor is very small (1/2")
lacks phase detect AF

FujiFilm HS20 EXR as a Travel photography camera

Weight is extremely important when getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the FujiFilm HS20 EXR gets a reasonable 51 as a travel camera which is fairly adequate to buy for your trips.

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decent MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (730 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with FujiFilm HS20 EXR

If you find yourself looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The FujiFilm HS20 EXR and it's modest score of 51 for a landscape camera is somewhat adequate compared to it's competition.

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focusing manually
really wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16MP)
supports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2")
does not have Time Lapse mode

FujiFilm HS20 EXR Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a articulating screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the FujiFilm HS20 EXR is just not good as a vlog camera as it gets a dreadful score of 25.

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decently wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external mic socket
heavier than competition (730 grams)

FujiFilm HS20 EXR Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the HS20 EXR, below is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph down below provides you an overview of the HS20 EXR vs it's top ranked competitors shown above.

These are various other cameras you may regard as alternatives. To look at a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR
Also referred to as
FinePix HS22 EXR
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.4 x 4.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Screen size
3 inch
Resolution of screen
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen tech
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder coverage
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
8.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.20 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 80 fps), 320 x 112 (320 fps), 320 x 240 (160 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
730g (1.61 lbs)
131 x 91 x 126mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 5.0")
Battery ID
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Cost at release