Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera Review$499.95
The HS30EXR is not a very sharp camera, despite a heavy dose of edge enhancement. In the crops below, we can see the software attempting to compensate for low sharpness, in the form of dark black lines against edges. It's not enough though, our lab tests recorded average detail resolution of less than 1600 MTF50s at close and medium focal lengths, which isn't great, and less than 1000 MTF50s at maximum zoom, which is terrible.
Some of the poor sharpness results seem to be caused by image noise, which is unexpected at ISO 100. For more on that, check out the Noise Reduction page. Also, note we did not test the "Resolution Priority" EXR mode, since we make all attempts to turn off artificial image enhancement, plus this feature has historically made little different on previous models. More on how we test sharpness.
Our stabilization testing rig was down for this review, sadly. We'll circle back and update this page in the future, once the shaker is back online. When this happens, it may cause the HS30's overall score to increase slightly.