Image: Hugh THrelfall
September 29 2011
I wrote about this camera’s predecessor, the Fujifilm HS10, back in January and explained that it was an anomaly being £1,000 worth of camera and a kitbag of accessories packed into a £245 product. Not a year later, and, for a laughable £55 more, here is its even more extraordinary successor, the HS20, which has a 16 Megapixel sensor in place of the former 10, and so many other improvements that the specification list is actually quite bewildering and panic inducing.
There are reasons these brilliant products are such a bargain. One is that they are not true DSLRs but what are known as “bridge” cameras with no interchangeable lens (although as this has an excellent optical zoom lens that covers from extreme telephoto to extreme wide angle, you don’t need interchangeablity). Another reason is that the more expendable technical details are, in isolated areas, B+ rather than A. A third is that Fujifilm is not a first-rank brand. However, with the amazing, ultra-upmarket Fujifilm X100 having since appeared (I raved about it in July), this is no longer strictly the case. Why Fujifilm hasn’t made it more expensive, then, I can’t fathom. Remarkable.