Fujifilm HS50 EXR

 
Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1000mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 808g - 135 x 101 x 146mm
  • Released January 2013
  • Superseded the Fujifilm HS35EXR
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
54
Imaging
42
Features
71
Overall
53

Fujifilm HS50 EXR summary

Fujifilm HS50 EXR is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially introduced on January of 2013. It comes with a 16 MegaPixel, EXRCMOS 1/2" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

FujiFilm brought out this camera to update the earlier Fujifilm HS35EXR (Read Full Comparison)

The HS50 EXR is rated #9 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #361 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should check out our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your personal criteria.

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Fujifilm HS50 EXR family

The Fujifilm HS50 EXR is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-FinePix-HS35EXR front thumbnailFujifilm HS35EXR
HS50 EXR vs HS35EXR
24-720mm
F2.8-5.6
16MP1/2"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-HS50-EXR front thumbnailFujifilm HS50 EXR24-1000mm
F2.8-5.6
16MP1/2"2013
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Fujifilm-FinePix-HS30EXR front thumbnailFujifilm HS30EXR
HS50 EXR vs HS30EXR
24-720mm
F2.8-5.6
16MP1/2"2012
FujiFilm-FinePix-HS20-EXR front thumbnailFujiFilm HS20 EXR
HS50 EXR vs HS20 EXR
24-720mm
F2.8-5.6
16MP1/2"2011

Fujifilm HS50 EXR Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Fujifilm HS50 EXR based on aspects that are generally considered useful in a camera.

amazing zoom range (24-1000mm 41.7 x zoom)
built-in flash
great battery pack (500 CIPA)
great reach (1000mm)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has manual focus
includes face detect focus
includes HDMI port
includes microphone port
includes tracking focus
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
relatively wide (24mm)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
screen articulates fully
screen is selfie friendly
sensor has phase detect auto focus
supports RAW formats
very good minimum ISO (100)
very good screen resolution (920 k dot)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
more heavy than competition (808 grams)
no headphone port
no Timelapse mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2")
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Fujifilm HS50 EXR Sensor specs

The Fujifilm HS50 EXR is powered by the EXR Processor II processor. The specification of the sensor on the Fujifilm HS50 EXR is 6.4mm x 4.8mm (1/2"). The 31 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.

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The EXRCMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 12800. RAW files are saved so the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the HS50 EXR's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The HS50 EXR sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.6 and is highlighted in green.

Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR sensor size Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm HS50 EXR dimensions

Fujifilm HS50 EXR is 1.78 pounds (808 grams or 28.50 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 135mm x 101mm x 146mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 5.7"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Fujifilm HS50 EXR is heavier as compared to its rivals.

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Below is a photo of the Fujifilm HS50 EXR beside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its size.

Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR dimensions scale

The top view here will show the button arrangement on the HS50 EXR.

Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR topview buttons dials

Fujifilm HS50 EXR Lens details

The HS50 EXR features a built-in lens offering a focal range of 24-1000mm making it a 41.7 x zoom which is significant and can let you zoom right in.

At it's widest 24mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 making it quite sluggish and not the best in low light events and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will likely also need to boost your ISO resulting in noisy files. For the long end, 1000mm is outstanding zoom and comes at f5.6 which is fairly slow and you will have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm HS50 EXR Connectivity

The HS50 EXR has the following connectivity:

  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and in some cases alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

A few apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Fujifilm HS50 EXR Video details

The max video resolution on the Fujifilm HS50 EXR is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in quality versus file size but 1080p isn't going to give you much room to downsample. While the body includes a microphone socket, it is missing a headphone socket so you will not be able to monitor your sound levels.

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Fujifilm HS50 EXR Weather Sealing

Fujifilm HS50 EXR does not have environment sealing so rainy conditions could damage the camera.

Fujifilm HS50 EXR Display and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm HS50 EXR comes with a 3" fully articulated display having a resolution of 920k dots.

The display is selfie friendly to get self portraits and even group photos if needed. Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The View Finder details regarding Fujifilm HS50 EXR are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 920k dots

Viewfinders are rather handy in bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Fujifilm HS50 EXR Shutter details

Fujifilm HS50 EXR is able to shoot continuously at 11.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Fujifilm HS50 EXR Flash and Hot shoe details

Fujifilm HS50 EXR includes both integrated flash plus external flash support.

Fujifilm HS50 EXR Autofocus details

Fujifilm HS50 EXR includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detect which is handy for people photography.

It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for moving subjects. Fujifilm HS50 EXR has got manual focusing if required in low light conditions or you want more precise focusing control.

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Fujifilm HS50 EXR Battery life

The battery pack in the Fujifilm HS50 EXR is made to last for 500 shots based on the CIPA requirements which is above the usual when compared to its category. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the maximum (600) battery life in this type of cameras.

Following is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the strongest battery life:

Fujifilm HS50 EXR for specific forms of photography

The following bar chart provides a rundown of the Fujifilm HS50 EXR for specific forms of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Fujifilm HS50 EXR

The Fujifilm HS50 EXR receives a points total of 57 which is average, meaning that it is relatively appropriate to use for portrait images. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the potential to work with external lighting.

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manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
provides face detect focus
saves RAW files
sensor size is tiny (1/2")

Fujifilm HS50 EXR Street photography advice

Getting a reasonable rating of 53, the Fujifilm HS50 EXR is somewhat suited to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
tiny sensor (1/2")
heavier than competition in class (808 grams)

Fujifilm HS50 EXR Sports photography features

A above average sports photography score of 63 indicates the Fujifilm HS50 EXR is a very decent fit for photographing sports. A camera must have great autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (24-1000mm 41.7 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
great battery (500 shots)
has phase detect autofocus
sensor is very small (1/2")

Fujifilm HS50 EXR Travel photography details

Size is super important in selecting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Fujifilm HS50 EXR gets a moderate 56 for a travel camera which makes it reasonably adequate to take with you on your holidays.

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great battery (500 CIPA)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
decently wide (24mm)
very long reach (1000mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
heavier than others in class (808g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Fujifilm HS50 EXR as a Landscape photography camera

When you are looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Fujifilm HS50 EXR and it's reasonable score of 54 for a landscape camera is somewhat adequate compared to it's competition.

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manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (500 CIPA)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2")
missing Time Lapse mode

Fujifilm HS50 EXR Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should really have a articulating display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Fujifilm HS50 EXR is relatively appropriate for vlogging as it receives a reasonable score of 60.

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quite wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has mic port
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competitors (808 grams)

Fujifilm HS50 EXR Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the HS50 EXR, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line graph underneath will give you a summary of the HS50 EXR vs it's top rated rivals listed previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you might regard as alternate options. To browse through a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
FujiFilm
Model type
Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2013-01-07
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
EXRCMOS
Processor Chip
EXR Processor II
Sensor size
1/2"
Sensor measurements
6.4 x 4.8mm
Sensor area
30.7mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Max native ISO
12800
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-1000mm (41.7x)
Maximum aperture
f/2.8-5.6
Macro focusing distance
0cm
Crop factor
5.6
Screen
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display size
3 inches
Resolution of display
920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
920k dot
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
Features
Min shutter speed
30s
Max shutter speed
1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed
11.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
none
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
808 gr (1.78 lb)
Physical dimensions
135 x 101 x 146mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 5.7")
Other
Battery life
500 shots
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
1
Retail pricing
$500