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Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera

Bridge Camera 16MP 30x Jun 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Six industry awards
Easy to use
Good technical features
166 Reviews + 6 Awards
Camera Labs Recommended Ephotozine Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended

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Reviews

Six Industry Awards

This medium megapixel camera has received six awards from expert review sites.

The editors of three expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this camera. Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all gave this Fujifilm camera a "Recommended" award.

An other three expert review sites all liked this Fujifilm camera. The editor of website CNET.co.uk said that this camera was outstanding and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and the expert at website PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would highly recommend it and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award. This medium megapixel camera also received a "Silver" award from website Toptenreviews.com who wrote it was very good.

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Good Expert Reviews

Twenty-one experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine have rated this digital camera on average 81 out of 100. This means that camera experts think this Fujifilm camera is one of the better digital cameras of a comparable type and age.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 278 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is brilliant. Over 71% of reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Good Brand

Based on 8,671 expert and owner reviews (including 1,272 verified purchases), Fujifilm has good reviews for its cameras. Fujifilm also has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras compared to other brands. 95% of those that bought a Fujifilm digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Fifteen customers said in their reviews that it had good features. Five years ago Steves-Digicams.com wrote on expert review site Steve's Digicams “Both models carry over several of the awesome features users loved on the HS20EXR fro”. Also five years ago expert review site Cameras.co.uk said in their review of the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR “It has 30x zoom and a number of advanced features that you would expect to find on a Digital SLR”. Cnet.co.uk said “It's packed with features, produces a great set of pictures” in their review of this digital camera.


Design

Easy to Use

Fourty-four owners said in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Pcmag.com said in their review of this digital camera “The 30x Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a pleasure to use thanks to a manual zoom lens, Raw support”. Miss L H Davis mentioned four years ago “Easy to use in EXP mode which automatically selects the best scene modes”. Mjt rated the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR 9 stars and mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “The manual focus ring is also really easy to use once you have worked out that the default manual focussing mode magnifies the centre of the image while focussing”.

Eighteen owners considered that it was easy to use the menus. Mikeo mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Are prepared to read the manual and play with lots of settings to find whats best for the shot then go for it” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Michael Kirwan said “If you don't like to experiment with the manual settings yourself, there are plenty of automated options to keep you happy”. Mr P mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Even the video's better! You can save your favourite settings now”.

Six people who purchased it said that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Miss L H Davis mentioned on Amazon.co.uk four years ago “Very comfortable to hold and a good clear screen” in her review of this digital camera. Mjt scored the product 8 stars and mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “It doesn't seem so in use and is very comfortable to hold and use”. Ann wrote on Amazon.co.uk “If you want a comfy go everywhwere camera this is it, Its packed with features”.

One customer reckoned that the product was easy to setup. Tim mentioned in his review of this digital camera four years ago “Easy to set up and use in Auto” . One person reckoned that it had a good interface. Fredsheep1989 said in their review of the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR “Build quality - features - zoom - user interface and screen/viewfinder - value for money Cons”.

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Good Product Quality

Thirty owners who bought it agreed that it was good quality. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert website Expert Reviews “Excellent ergonomics and superb image quality in low light.” in their review of this digital camera. Queenxbubble wrote in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review “The zoom capability is fantastic! It's ability to add the x2 digital zoom is top quality! Why to by this camera # easy to use” and gave it a rating of 9 stars. Queenxbubble also said “As a video camera you can't complain, just wish the high speed video was better quality.” in their review.

Robust

Ten customers wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Toptenreviews.com mentioned four years ago “The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a bridge camera that combines advanced photography technology with a solid design” in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review and scored it 6 stars. Robertp mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk in the same month “Such a brilliant camera, one of the best bridge cameras that Fuji have ever produced - superbly built and excellent results” and rated this digital camera 9 stars. In the same month Pete S. said in his review of this digital camera “Very strong construction”.

Three people wrote that it was strong and durable. Naila said in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review three years ago “The camera's buttons and dials are nice and sturdy as well as the zoom ring which is smooth to turn around” and gave it a score of 7 stars. P. Brun said in their review of this digital camera “This camera is reasonably convenient to carry, does away with the need to carry and change lenses and seems to be robust”. Fredsheep1989 mentioned “The plastic feels sturdy and durable”.

Two owners who bought it considered that it was reliable. Five years ago Chiggs58th mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Reliable S9500 with the HS30 -”.

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Nice Design

Sixteen owners who bought it mentioned that it was good looking. Cameralabs.com said in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review on expert review site Camera Labs “A super-zoom with its own very distinctive character and style” and gave the product a score of 6 stars. Digitalversus.com said “The Fuji HS30 EXR is a pretty standard replacement for the HS20 EXR”. Five years ago Mjt gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “The manual is pretty comprehensive”.

Five owners who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was smooth. Pete S. said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “The manual zoom is smooth and simple to use”. Snuffy wrote “The zoom feels smooth to use” . Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Easily converted to MPG which my software supports and produced a smooth video” in their review of the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR and rated this digital camera 7 stars.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that it was well designed. Three years ago Andrew Cole mentioned “The design is comfortable and ergonomic meaning it's easy to get a good grip”. One customer wrote in their reviews that it was ergonomic.

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Good Quality Lens

Fifty-one owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good zoom. Cnet.co.uk wrote on CNET.co.uk five years ago “You'll likely be attracted to the Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR by its long zoom and high resolution”. Mjt wrote in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review “The manual zoom is so much better than the powered zoom on most other bridge cameras; much faster”. Five years ago M. Whale said “The zoom is very impressive at 30x which is more than ample for most situations” and gave it a rating of 8 stars.

Fifteen owners mentioned that this digital camera had a good lens. Cameras.co.uk said “The fact that the lens is flexible enough to also squ” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 78.714821094926 out of 100. Mr P rated the product 6 stars and he mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “You can digitally extend the lens to a massive 60X if needed”. Qianhanfei wrote on Amazon.co.uk “There is slight lens distortion at 24 mm at the edges which is something I don't see with my Kodak witout zoom”.

Eleven customers who purchased it considered that it had a good autofocus. R. M. Wigman wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “My only disappointment thus far is the Fuji's inability to focus quickly enough on moving subjects (e, g at an airshow), whilst using the zoom to the max”. Queenxbubble mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Panoramic is pretty much flawless, adjusts for focus and lighting conditions really well” in their review of this digital camera. Rupert Richardson scored it 6 stars and he said “This one had lots of zoom, manual focusing and a decent flash” in his Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review.

One customer considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Four years ago Davidb said on Amazon.co.uk “The image stabiliser works well though you need to brace your arm against the chest when using the lens near maximum” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 8 stars.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Ten owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned on Pocket Lint five years ago “It has a best-in-class viewfinder and the inclusion of a rechargeable li-ion battery is welcome” in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review. In the same month Digitalversus.com rated this digital camera 6 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Digital Versus “It brings a largely improved viewfinder and an Li-ion battery.”. Mcfarlane Family mentioned in the same month “Nice viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 6 stars.

Eight owners who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had a good screen. Five years ago M. Whale mentioned “The LCD view screen is clear” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 7 stars. Kenny rated it 7 stars and he said “It feels great in hand and the large flip up screen is fantastic and very clear to use” in his review of this digital camera. P. Brun mentioned five years ago “The tilting lcd screen is useful for low level close-ups of flowers”.

One customer concluded that it had an electronic viewfinder. Mr P wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk five years ago “A better EVF, (although it could still be better!)an improved EXR sensor”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Ninety-six owners agreed that it was able to produce good images. Mikeo said on Amazon.co.uk “The Picture are crisp and clear, though I'm told there is a lot to learn with this camera” in their review of this digital camera. Mcfarlane Family rated this digital camera 8 stars and wrote in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review on Amazon.co.uk “Very quick to delete pics, with safeguards”. Mjt wrote in their review of the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR “I was amazed at the pictures it produced in what I would have described as complete darkness” and rated the product 7 stars.

Nine people who purchased this digital camera considered that it was good in low light. M. Boulton mentioned “For me using it as simply as possible, I couldn't get a decent photo in low light” in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review. Tim gave it a rating of 7 stars and he mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Low light and night shots brilliant”. Bryan G. Allen mentioned “It really is very clever at producing an image, even under hard conditions like handheld long zoom low light etc” in his review of this digital camera and scored it 7 stars.

Nine owners concluded that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Mr P said in his review of this digital camera “A DSLR sensor is better.” . Kenny mentioned on Amazon.co.uk five years ago “With the new trend in crop sensor compact bridge cams from Sony” in his Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review. Ntech10 mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “RAF which takes all the information from the sensor and saves it allowing more in depth edits” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 5 stars.

Five owners concluded that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Jv the German wrote on Amazon.co.uk four years ago “Most importantly, medium resolution at fine setting, which brings the sensor down to 8 megapixel”. Jy240469 said “Vids! The flip out LCD is good for ground level shooting and high up shooting”. Anandleo said in their review of this digital camera “I have used the zoom to the maximum on few occasions and the result with regard to details and resolution is less than satisfactory to my expectation” however they only gave the product a rating of 3 stars.

Three owners agreed that it had a good ISO range. Five years ago Mr P wrote “The HS30 is better now at higher ISOs”. Jv the German wrote on Amazon.co.uk four years ago “It seemed a bit hit-and-miss, we stick with P mode, exposure -1/3, digital sharpening on, dynamic range 400%, ISO max 400”. Also four years ago Amazon Customer mentioned “Thus you can safely hand-hold it even at maximum zoom, so try and choose a suitable ISO setting and avoid the higher ISO settings unless it is unavoidable” in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Good Flash

Five people who reviewed the product thought it had a good flash. Qianhanfei mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Dim light Photos impressed me without flash”. Chiggs58th mentioned “My kit usually consists of a SONY DSLR combined with an advanced METZ hammerhead flash as my main camera” in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review and gave it a rating of 6 stars. Amazon Customer said in their review of this digital camera “It is much to recommend it, 30x zoom, electronic viewfinder, built-in flash, wide-ranging customisation facilities, good build quality”.

Good Video Capture

Fifteen customers reckoned that it was good for video recording. Tim mentioned on Amazon.co.uk four years ago “Using macro to far zoom picture quality was excellent for both movies and stills” in his review of this digital camera and scored it 8 stars. Five years ago P. Brun rated it 4 stars and mentioned in their review of the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR “It also has HD video and so is a versatile tool”. Paul Burgess mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “The HD movie feature is fantastic” in his review of this digital camera.


Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera is 14x, and the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x. At 30 times zoom factor, the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 720 millimeters, the FinePix HS30EXR has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years is 350mm.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 4.5mm to 40mm. The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 24 millimeters) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera is 6.6x, and the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x. With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the FinePix HS30EXR has one of the smallest digital zooms amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

Other 2x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon P510.

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 ($533.99) (4x), the Nikon Coolpix S9700 ($329.99) (4x), or the Olympus Stylus SH-2 ($341.98) (4x) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

Digital cameras of this type and age have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.5 and 38. With a maximum aperture number of only 5.6, the FinePix HS30EXR has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Olympus OM-D E-M10 ($649.99) which has better reviews; or the Sony NEX-3NL which is cheaper are also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 ($392.99).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The FinePix HS30EXR has a built-in flash, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including the Nikon P510 which has better reviews; or the Sony NEX-3NL which is cheaper.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 ($392.99).

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Viewfinder

Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The smallest viewfinder screen size of digital cameras of this type and age is 0.2" and the largest is 0.5". The FinePix HS30EXR has one of the larger viewfinder screen sizes (0.26 inches) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR has an HDMI. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The FinePix HS30EXR supports PictBridge. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also support PictBridge.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR has a battery charger included, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR has a batteries included, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the FinePix HS30EXR is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras of this age and spec. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Fujifilm digital camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The FinePix HS30EXR has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

Across similar types of camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Thirteen people who purchased the product concluded that it was compact. Photographyblog.com wrote on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a bridge compact camera with a massive 30x zoom lens, full 1080p movies with stereo sound, 3 inch tilting LCD screen, 8fps burst shooting” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote five years ago “The 16-megapixel camera is about the same size as a compact D-SLR” in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review. Mark a Watkins wrote “Bought as a family camera as we didn`t get results from our compact camera that we wanted” in his Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review.

Ten owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Mr P said “A heavy DSLR”. Mjt gave it a score of 7 stars and wrote “I was worried that it would be a bit heavy” in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review. Lincolnshire Ned mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “The HS20EXR is a very interesting camera! It is quite large and relatively heavy with four AA batteries installed”.

One customer who purchased it considered that it was a good body shape. Ephotozine.com said five years ago “The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR has a traditional styled body that closely resembles a Digital SLR.” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 6 stars.

One owner who purchased it considered that it was good structurally. One person who bought this digital camera considered that it was lightweight. Five years ago Dewan mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It is lightweight”.

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Heavy

The average weight of cameras that have been around for more than two years is 250g. With a weight of 637 grams, the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR's weight is one of the heaviest amongst comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Nikon P510 (555g and higher rated), or the Pentax K-5 II ($709.95) (680g and higher rated) or the Sony NEX-3NL (210g and cheaper).

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Seven owners who reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR wrote that it was noisy. T. J. Wass mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Either noisy and fuzzy or smoothed to death, this camera was replaced with the Canon Powershot SX260 HS after a month or so”. One X and Nexus User said on Amazon.co.uk “Its a good enough camera, however the one thing I found nagging me the whole time I had it was the sometimes noisy and grainy pictures”. Four years ago Amazon Customer gave it a rating of 6 stars and said on Amazon.co.uk “There is no free lunch and you cannot even negotiate with the laws of physics - small sensors are inherently noisy” in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was quiet. Andrew Cole said “It is silent, more accurate” and rated it 8 stars.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Thirteen owners concluded that this digital camera had a good battery life. M. Whale scored the product 7 stars and said “Everything is at easy reach and battery/memory card are straight forward to insert” in their review of this digital camera. M. Boulton said in their review of this digital camera “Battery life is pretty good.”. Rupert Richardson scored it 8 stars and he said on Amazon.co.uk “It also has (so far) good battery life”.


Support

Good Support

Twenty-two customers who reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR said that it had good technical guidance. Five years ago expert review site Ephotozine.com said “The camera has full manual controls with RAW support” in their Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review. Expert review site Toptenreviews.com mentioned “This camera uses an advanced anti-blur system to help you get sharp images with low noise” and gave it a score of 6 stars. Cnet.com wrote on expert review site CNET.com “For example, this newest version gets a redesigned manual zoom”.


Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The FinePix HS30EXR does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Wi-Fi that you might want to consider including the Olympus OM-D E-M10 ($649.99) or the Nikon Coolpix S9700 ($329.99).

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The FinePix HS30EXR does not feature bluetooth, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also do not feature bluetooth.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including the Pentax K-5 II ($709.95) which has better reviews; or the Sony NEX-3NL which is cheaper.

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Other Digital Cameras to Consider

Canon EOS 7D

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EOS 7D

$ 420.00
Pentax MX-1

Pentax
MX-1

$ 330.00
Nikon D3200

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D3200

$ 304.95
Sony NEX-5

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NEX-5

$ 346.95
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