FUJIFILM announces their new flagship camera, the FinePix HS50EXR. The HS50EXR features a manual zoom lens with a 42x focal length range (24-1000mm) and a new 1/2 inch EXR CMOS II sensor with phase detection. This sensor claims to achieve the world's fastest autofocus speed in its class of just 0.05 seconds. Also, the camera comes equipped with an Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus system. It allows the camera to automatically select between phase detection autofocus or contrast autofocus in low light to ensure the best focus system is used. Speed is important to this camera. The HS50EXR can shoot in burst mode of 11fps at the full 16MP resolution.
The HS50EXR also uses a new "Focus Peaking" feature in manual focus mode that highlights high contrast areas and provides a guide for focusing in situations where it is difficult to tell whether the subject is correctly focused. The HS50EXR can shoot Super Macro photography as close as 0.39 inches. The camera comes equipped with built-in Optical Image Stabilization which reduces the number of blurry images.
The HS50EXR features a 920k dot, highly detailed electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is perfect for helping users frame a subject, even in bright sunlight. And for challenging low or high shots, the HS50EXR has a useful 3.0 inch variable-angle 920k dot LCD screen that folds out and flips around for easy viewing and shooting.
The HS50EXRcomes with a built in stereo microphone and is capable of full HD movie recording (1080p) at up to 60 frames per second. You also have the ability to connect an external microphone to the dedicated input to allow for even better sound quality. In addition, the phase detection pixel technology and scene recognition modes also work while recording movies. The HS50EXR features several "Film Simulation Modes." Users can choose from ten different modes which simulate the effects of traditional Fujifilm films.
Within the HS-Series, Fujifilm is also introducing the FinePix HS35EXR. The HS35EXR features a 16MP 1/2 inch EXR CMOS Sensor and 30X manual zoom.
The FinePix HS50EXR and HS35EXR will be available in March 2013 at the price of $549.95 and $399.95 respectively.