Fujifilm HS30EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR front

Fujifilm HS30EXR overview

Fujifilm HS30EXR is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially announced on January of 2012. The camera features a 16MP, EXRCMOS 1/2" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

FujiFilm brought out this camera in order to improve the older FujiFilm HS20 EXR (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards introduced the newer Fujifilm HS35EXR (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this model.

The Fujifilm HS30EXR is placed #38 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all round #479 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to try our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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Here is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Fujifilm HS30EXR family

The Fujifilm HS30EXR is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.

Fujifilm HS30EXR Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of positives and negatives of the Fujifilm HS30EXR based on things which are generally viewed as useful in a camera.

built-in flash
comes with face detect autofocus
comes with tracking focus
does have HDMI support
does have mic jack
good min ISO (100)
great zoom (720mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
nice screen size (3")
quite wide (24mm)
saves RAW files
screen tilts up and down
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have headphone jack
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (687 grams)
lacks phase detect autofocus
low resolution screen (460 k dot)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
sensor size is tiny (1/2")
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Fujifilm HS30EXR Sensor specs

The Fujifilm HS30EXR houses the EXR chip. The sensor spec in the Fujifilm HS30EXR is 6.4mm x 4.8mm (1/2"). The 31 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The EXRCMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. The ISO can be expanded digitally to a maximum of 12800. RAW photos are saved so the user has more margin for error.

The image underneath shows the Fujifilm HS30EXR's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The Fujifilm HS30EXR sensor has a crop factor of 5.6 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm HS30EXR dimensions

Fujifilm HS30EXR is 1.51 lbs (687 grams or 24.23 oz) & has outside proportions of 131mm x 97mm x 126mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 5.0"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Fujifilm HS30EXR is more heavy compared to other rivals.

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Here is a image of the Fujifilm HS30EXR next to a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its size.

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button arrangement on the Fujifilm HS30EXR.

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR topview buttons dials

Fujifilm HS30EXR Lens details

The Fujifilm HS30EXR has an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 24-720mm making it a 30.0 x zoom which is perfect and could enable you to zoom all the way in.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens has an aperture of f2.8 and that's fairly sluggish and not very good for low light occasions and you will likely find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You could also have to boost your ISO setting leading to noisy files. For the long end, 720mm is fantastic zoom and comes at f5.6 which is pretty slow and you would have to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm HS30EXR Connectivity

The Fujifilm HS30EXR has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and in some cases alter camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Many apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Fujifilm HS30EXR Video details

The maximum video quality in the Fujifilm HS30EXR is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance in quality versus file size but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to crop. While the body has a mic port, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone port so you won't have the option to check your audio levels.

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Fujifilm HS30EXR Weather Sealing

Fujifilm HS30EXR doesn't have weather sealing so damp conditions can affect the camera.

Fujifilm HS30EXR Display and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm HS30EXR features a 3" tilting display with a resolution of 460k dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Fujifilm HS30EXR are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders can be quite useful.

Fujifilm HS30EXR Shutter details

Fujifilm HS30EXR continuous shooting rate is 11.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Fujifilm HS30EXR Flash and Hot shoe details

Fujifilm HS30EXR has both in-built flash together with external flash ability.

Fujifilm HS30EXR Autofocus details

Fujifilm HS30EXR has only Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and exact compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detect which is useful for portraits.

It also features Tracking AF for things on the move. Fujifilm HS30EXR features manual focus in case it is required in low light or you require more precise control on focus.

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Fujifilm HS30EXR Battery life

The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the highest possible (600) battery life in this category of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the best battery life:

Fujifilm HS30EXR for different categories of photography

The following illustration presents a summation of the Fujifilm HS30EXR for different categories of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Fujifilm HS30EXR Portrait photography factors

The Fujifilm HS30EXR gets a score of 56 which is moderate, meaning that it is reasonably appropriate for portraits. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the capability to utilize off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
supports face detect focusing
exports RAW files
tiny sensor size (1/2")

Fujifilm HS30EXR Street photography highlights

With a decent score of 55, the Fujifilm HS30EXR is reasonably adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
very small sensor size (1/2")
more heavy than competition in class (687g)

Fujifilm HS30EXR Sports photography features

A average sports photography score of 53 suggests the Fujifilm HS30EXR is relatively adequate for shooting sports. A camera really should have good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16MP)
offers tracking focus
sensor is very small (1/2")
has no phase detect AF

Fujifilm HS30EXR Travel photography highlights

Size is extremely important when buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Fujifilm HS30EXR gets a decent 51 as a travelling camera which is reasonably appropriate to buy for your trips.

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good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (687 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Fujifilm HS30EXR Landscape photography information

If you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Fujifilm HS30EXR at it's average rating of 51 for a landscape camera is fairly suitable among its competition.

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has manual focus
really wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
supports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2")
missing Timelapse function

Fujifilm HS30EXR as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera should posses a articulating display screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Fujifilm HS30EXR is simply not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a dreadful score of 28.

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quite wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with mic support
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
heavier than others (687g)

Fujifilm HS30EXR Alternatives

If you need replacements to the Fujifilm HS30EXR, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall within the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph listed below shows you a bird's eye view of the Fujifilm HS30EXR compared to it's highest scored rivals mentioned previously.

Following are several cameras you might view as alternatives. To read a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.4 x 4.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-720mm (30.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Display type
Display size
Display resolution
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display technology
TFT color LCD monitor with Sunny Day mode
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
7.10 m (Wide: 30cm - 7.1m / Tele: 2.0m - 3.8m )
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
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 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
687 gr (1.51 lb)
131 x 97 x 126mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 5.0")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Auto release, Auto shutter (Dog, Cat))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Retail pricing