First look at the Fuji HS10 DSLR


Over the past few years, the gap between DSLR and point-and-shoot digital cameras has gotten smaller and smaller. So much so that I suspect I’m not the only person who faces the dilemma of which camera to take with me on a day out. If I’m purposely heading off to take photos, I’ll cart round my DSLR and its lenses, but if we’re heading off for a family day out, I really want something that is less hassle.

Enter the Fuji HS10 to close the gap. The latest addition to the Fuji stable has an amazing 24-720mm zoom lens – yes, you did read that right! (It was just pipped at the post by the Olympus 800UZ, released in March, which offers the same zoom facililty for a similar price).

I can hear the initiated among you muttering about image stabilisation at this point, and although we haven’t yet had a chance to have a hands-on go of this camera, with triple image stabilisation (sensor shift IS, high ISO and Digital IS), reports back so far have been reasonable.

Apart from its incredible zoom facility, the Fuji HS10 has a few other tricks up its metaphorical sleeve including an electronic viewfinder with eye-sensor, which automatically switches on when the camera is brought up to the eye, so the camera is always ready to go a the crucial moment.

It also offers a new panorama mode for ‘one-shot’ sweeping panoramas, high-speed 10fps continuous shooting at full resolution, and RAW caption mode.

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Another issue I have with my compact is its abilities in low light, but the Fuji HS10 has a Back Side Illumination CMOS sensor, for high sensitivity and low noise results; it combines high and low ISO exposures to reduce blur caused by camera shake without significantly increasing image noise.

Fuji has packed the HS10 with clever features including Best Frame Capture Mode, which records up to 7 images, Fast Face Detection and Auto Red-Eye Removal.

Vastly intriguing is the Motion Remover mode, which takes multiple pictures and combines them, deleting anything that’s different about each snap, such as people moving through the frame. I’m dying to try this one out!

Add in the ability to take HD video at 1080p HD resolution, and it certainly seems to tick all the right boxes. Of course, the zoom lens means the HS10 looks and feels like a DSLR – don’t think it’s going to slip into a trouser pocket – and at a smidge under £400, it’s pricier than the compacts, but around £100 cheaper than an entry-level DSLR. For many keen photographers this could be the all-rounder they have been looking for.

The Fuji HS10 is available from £399.