Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR / HS22EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR / HS22EXR. It is the upgrade model from the successor of Fujifilm FinePix HS10. It uses the same lens as HS10 but change the CMOS sensor from 10MP to 16MP. And, added the EXR technology from the previous model FinePix F300EXR / F305EXR and FinePix F80EXR / F85EXR.

I thought the HS10 have the Dog / Cat Detection feature.

According to Mr. Kenichi Tanaka, Managing Director, FUJIFILM India, “FUJIFILM is the undisputed leader when it comes to innovation. Time and again we have been introducing features and products that are world’s first. Be it the dog / cat detection feature for pet lovers in the F80EXR model or the 30x optical zoom in the HS10 model, we intend bringing the latest to the fore for our discerning customers.”

But the Dog/Cat detection feature is not available in HS10. Luckily the feature is appears to HS20, it can detect many kinds of dogs and cats. Those Dog and Cat types are listed from the Fujifilm site in here
Guide for Auto Dogs & Cats Detection
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The image quality of the HS10 is not so good. It could be a lot of noise if we are going to use the ISO above 800. I think the newer model, HS20 provide better image quality. And the maximum ISO can up to ISO 12800.

Another important upgrade is the flash. The HS10 do not support TTL flash, but the HS20 does. I bought the metz mecablitz 36 C-2 for the HS10. Fujifilm do launch two kind of flashgun support HS20EXR only. It is Shoe Mount Flash EF-42 and Shoe Mount Flash EF-20 that can be found in here. Lens Hood, Remote Release & Flash. I think Nikon flash do support for the HS10. Normally Fujifilm company will recommend Metz for their customer.

It does something change on High Speed movie recording. It support High Speed Movie (80 / 160 / 320 fps). Where is the 1000 / 480 fps ?
HS10 has 1000 / 480 / 240 / 120 / 60 fps.
But the HS20 has 320 / 160 / 80 fps only.

Too bad, it is still do not have Bulb mode, the maximum shuttle speed is 30s only. I wish to get more than that, but no luck.

3.0 inch tilting rear LCD with 460,000 pixels, yeah, I need higher quality LCD to be viewed after taking each photo.

Some people searching for
PowerShot SX30 IS vs Fujifilm HS20.
Definitely I will go for HS20.
Because I like the manual zoom of the HS20 or HS10.
Full HD movie, 1080p that is 1920 x 1280 pix with 30fps
HS Movie up to 320fps or 1000fps in HS10
Cheaper filter price, because it is 58mm but SX30 is 67mm.
AA battery, I like AA battery now days, because most of the Flashgun you need AA battery, so, everybody do have AA batter.
If using the Sanyo Eneloop rechargable battery can take up to 700 photos without flash.

The price of the HS20 is expensive because it is still new. I think I will be waiting for the HS30EXR / HS33EXR in the future. Maybe that time it would be 45x optical zoom and higher resolution CMOS and faster speed.

Here is the specification of HS20EXR
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Model Name FinePix HS20EXR / HS22EXR
Number of effective pixels*1 16.0 million pixels
Image sensor 1/2-inch EXR CMOS with primary color filter
Storage media
  • Internal memory (Approx. 20MB)
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC(UHS-I) memory card*2
File format
still image
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*3, RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
H.264 (MOV)
WAVE format, Stereo sound
Number of recorded pixels
still image
L : (4:3) 4608 x 3456 / (3:2) 4608 x 3072 / (16:9) 4608 x 2592
M : (4:3) 3264 x 2448 / (3:2) 3264 x 2176 / (16:9) 3264 x 1840
S : (4:3) 2304 x 1728 / (3:2) 2304 x 1536 / (16:9) 1920 x 1080

<Motion Panorama>
360° Vertical 11520 x 1624 Horizontal 11520 x 1080
180° Vertical 5760 x 1624 Horizontal 5760 x 1080
120° Vertical 3840 x 1624 Horizontal 3840 x 1080

Fujinon 30x optical zoom lens
focal length
f=4.2 – 126mm, equivalent to 24-720mm on a 35mm camera
F2.8 (Wide) – F5.6 (Telephoto)
11 groups 15 lenses
Digital zoom
Aperture F2.8-F11 (Wide) F5.6-F11(Telephoto) 1/3EV step
Focus distance
(from lens surface)
  • Wide : Approx. 50cm / 1.6ft. to infinity
  • Telephoto : Approx. 3.0m / 9.8ft. to infinity
  • Wide : Approx. 10cm – 3.0m / 0.3ft. – 9.8ft.
  • Telephoto : Approx. 2.0m – 5.0m / 6.5ft. – 16.4ft.
Super Macro
  • Approx. 1.0cm – 1.0m / 0.4in. – 3.2ft.
Sensitivity Auto / Equivalent to ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Standard Output Sensitivity)

  • * ISO6400 : M mode or lower, ISO12800 : S mode
Exposure control TTL 256-zones metering, Multi, Spot, Average
Exposure mode Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Shooting modes
Natural Light, Natural Light & with Flash, Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Dog, Cat, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text
Image stabilizer CMOS shift type
Face detection Yes
Exporsure compensation -2.0EV – +2.0EV 1/3EV step
Shutter speed (Auto mode) 1/4sec. to 1/4000sec., (All other modes) 30sec. to 1/4000sec.
(combined mechanical and electronic shutter)
Continuous shooting
L : TOP- 4 / 8 frames (3 / 5 / 8 frames/sec.)
M : TOP- 4 / 8 / 16 frames (3 / 5 / 8 / 11 frames/sec.)
S : TOP- 4 / 8 / 16 / 32 frames (3 / 5 / 8 / 11 frames/sec.)
Best Frame capture
L : 8 frames (3 / 5 / 8 frames/sec.)
M : 8 / 16 frames (3 / 5 / 8 / 11 frames/sec.)
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing : ±1 / 3EV,±2 / 3EV,±1EV
Film Simulation Bracketing : PROVIA / STD, Velvia / VIVID, ASTIA / SOFT
Dynamic Rang Bracketing : 100% / 200% / 400%
Single AF / Continuous AF (EXR AUTO, Movie) / Manual AF (One-push AF mode included)
TTL contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available
AF frame selection
Center, Multi, Area, Tracking
White balance Automatic scene recognition

Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom
Self-timer Approx. 10sec. / 2sec. delay
Flash Auto flash (super i-flash)
Effective range : (ISO AUTO)

  • Wide : Approx. 30cm – 7.1m / 1ft. – 23.2ft.
  • Telephoto : Approx. 2.0m – 3.8m / 6.5ft. – 12.4ft.
Flash modes Red-eye removal OFF : Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON : Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
Hot shoe YES
Electronic Viewfinder 0.2-inch., approx. 200,000 dots, color LCD viewfinder approx. 97% coverage
LCD monitor 3.0-inch, approx. 460,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage
Movie recording 1920 x 1080 pixels (30frames/sec.)/ 1280 x 720 pixels (60frames/sec.)/ 640 x 480 pixels (30frames/sec.) with stereo sound

  • * Optical zoom can be used.
Photography functions EXR mode, Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Motion Panorama360, Film simulation, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Best frame capture, Face recognition, High Speed Movie (80 / 160 / 320 fps), Electronic level, One-touch RAW, Advanced Anti Blur
Playback functions Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Protect, Crop, Resize, Slide show, Image rotate, voice memo, histogram display, exposure warning, Photobook assist, Image search, Favorites, Mark for upload, Panorama, Erase selected frames
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print, 35 Languages, Time difference, Silent mode
Video output
NTSC / PAL selectable with stereo sound
Digital interface
USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI output
HDMI Mini connector
Power supply 4xAA type alkaline batteries (included) / 4xAA type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (sold separately) / 4xAA type lithium batteries (sold separately) / CP-04 with AC power adapter AC-5VX(sold separately)
Dimensions 130.6(W) x 90.7(H) x 126.0(D) mm / 5.1(W) x 3.6(H) x 5.0(D) in.
Weight Approx. 636g / 22.4oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Approx. 730g / 25.7oz. (including battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature 0°C – 40°C
Operating Humidity 10% – 80% (no condensation)
Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation Alkaline batteries : Approx. 350frames
Ni-MH rechargeable batteries : Approx. 400 frames
Lithium batteries : Approx. 700 frames
Accessories included 4xAA type alkaline batteries
Shoulder strap
USB cable
A/V cable
Lens cap and Lens cap cord
Owner’s manual
Lens hood (excluding China)
Optional accessories AC Power Adapter AC-5VX
DC coupler CP-04
Lens hood LH-HS10
Remote release RR80
Shoe Mount Flash EF-42 / EF-20


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