There are many digital cameras available on the market right now, one such camera is the Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR. This camera has been out for a while now and can now be found with a substantial discount due to the release of a newer version of this camera.  This camera is known as a bridge camera, as it bridges the gap between compacts and full sized digital SLRs. The Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR has a 16MP sensor, a 3-inch LCD and a whopping 30x optical zoom lens. In this article we will review the Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR and look at its features.


The specification of the Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR includes:

  • 16-megapixel sensor
  • 3 inch LCD screen
  • 30x optical zoom
  • RAW file format support
  • Full 16 megapixel 7.6fps shooting
  • High-speed video capture support at up to 320 fps
  • Tiltable viewing screen and optical viewfinder

Image performance

The Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR has a very fast image capture system, and claims very little delay between pressing the shutter and taking the photo. The autofocus is very fast and the camera also offers manual focus. The FinePix also offers a macro mode that is reported to be very good and the large lens gives a lot of options for the budding photographer.

The image quality of the FinePix HS20EXR is excellent for a bridge camera. RAW file format support will enable you to edit the image more in applications such as Photoshop, although the camera also supports formats such as JPEG. When using the camera on high ISO you will get a lot of noise, but that is to be expected.

Design and ergonomics

The design of the Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR is similar to a small sized SLR-type camera. It has a fixed lens and so is lighter than the average DSLR camera, but the camera is large enough to be easy to use two handed, unlike many modern compacts.

Other aspects

Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR uses AA batteries rather than its own battery pack that is a great advantage in my opinion as it allows you to switch out batteries if you are out taking photos all day.


  • Available for a discount due to a slightly more advanced newer model
  • 16MP sensor
  • 30x zoom
  • Uses AA batteries


  • Already superseded by a newer model
  • Viewfinder is electronic rather than optical

Is the Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR right for you?

This camera is a good value bridge camera. The newer upcoming model is pushing prices down even though the actual specification of this camera is still excellent. I think this camera is suitable for most people who want to upgrade from a compact camera yet don’t want the expense of a DSLR, or those with DSLR’s wanting a more compact camera/ a camera they don’t mind knocking or damaging.


Before you buy any camera, my general advice is to try it in store or if you know a friend has one. When you try it you are looking at whether it feels write and aspects like the user interface and shutter lag. IF you want example photos and videos, searching sites like Flickr and YouTube can find example pictures taken under different conditions which should be able to give you an indication to the image performance of the Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR.

If you liked this review then you may also want to check out my camera reviews such as the Panasonic Lumix TZ20, the Canon IXUS 115 HS, Sony DSCW570 Cyber-Shot, the Nikon Coolpix S3100,  the Panasonic Lumix TZ18 and the Canon IXUS 220 HS.

Have you bought a Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR? Are you waiting for the newer model? Are you going to buy a different bridge camera? Feel free to leave a comment below.