There is no doubt that camera systems featuring interchangeable lenses such as DSLRs and the Micro Four Thirds system are getting more affordable nowadays. However, there are also people in the market who are willing to forgo that flexibility for the convenience of ‘superzoom’ camera that offers a fixed but extremely versatile lens. And with such cameras being Fujifilm’s signature products, it should probably come as no surprise that it is superzooms-galore over at Fujifilm’s booth in this year’s CES.
Today, it seems that the trend has shifted from simple-to-use compacts to entry-level DSLRs and prosumer compacts which feature a wide variety of manual options for greater artistic control over one’s images. While Fujifilm no longer makes DSLRs for sale, the company still maintains an extremely strong presence in the prosumer compact market. And making their entry into this niche segment are five such cameras from Fujifilm.
Fujifilm HS20/HS22 EXR
Do you still remember about the Fujifilm HS10 we talked about in our Christmas Buying Guide last month? You know, the one that ditched the traditional CCD image sensors in favor of a backside-illluminated CMOS sensor? Well, it appears that Fujifilm has decided that the HS10 needed an upgrade, and the result comes in the form of the new HS20/HS22 EXR superzoom camera, which sports the same sensor and 30x Fujinon zoom lens as the HS10.
In addition, the HS20/HS22 EXR also comes with added features to assist newbie and amateur photographers in taking better photographs. While the HS10 could only recognize up to six scene modes, the HS20/HS22 EXR one-ups its predecessor by offering support for up to 27 scene recognitions. Last but not least, the HS20/HS22 EXR will also feature a 14-megapixel image sensor (the HS10 tops out at 10 megapixels) built-in support for TTL metering, remote shutter release devices, SDXC compatibility and film simulation.
Fujifilm S3200, S3300, S3400 & S4000
Of course, not everybody needs the full range of manual controls and options available on the HS10 and HS20/HS22 EXR prosumer superzoom cameras. For such users, fret not: Fujifilm has also introduced four new S-series superzoom cameras which offer a good mix of a small range of manual controls complemented with various automatic features.
The differences are as follow:
|S4000||30x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24 -720mm)||3.0” LCD (460K resolution)|
|S3400||28x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-672mm)||3.0” LCD (460K resolution)|
|S3200||26x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-624mm)||3.0” LCD (460K resolution)|
|S3000||24x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-576mm)||3.0” LCD (460K resolution)|
Do take note that the S-series of prosumer superzoom cameras utilize a two-step aperture system and offer neither a hotshoe nor manual focus.
No prices have been announced for either camera yet.