As you may have noticed I haven’t been around for a while lately. Work and family commitments have demanded more of my time than usual. Photographically we are in the middle of winter as well and this year has been bad, so very little photo opportunities  for us shutter bugs.

For our Kiwi readers a little more good news on the HS50EXR front.

As of 9.00AM this morning PriceSpy was showing seven NZ retailers with the HS50. Bear in mind that most are direct importing so you will need to confirm warranty details. Photo and Video International in Christchurch have them in stock, but note that they are also the most expensive of all the suppliers shown in Pricespy.

Curiously most of the main stream electrical goods chains don’t stock the HS50 currently and neither do the local Fuji Specialist shops. To date I have yet to see an “Official Product Launch” for the HS50. One has to wonder just what the sales & marketing people at Fuji are doing.

Prospective HS50 buyers may well want to consider spending a little more and getting the X-S1, as its generally $100.00 or less above the HS50 price. The X-S1 with its larger lens and sensor gives arguably better IQ, but new users will want to check that its a new generation ( produced after the sensor bloom issue  was raised) before purchase or whether Fuji will still honor its replacement lens/sensor assembly warranty.

To date I’m still not convinced that the HS50 in IQ stakes is much if any of a step up in this area. Reports are that in others ways, excellent AF, fast write times, swivel LCD just to name some of the changes are working very well. As to Image quality, it may not be class leading but this example at 2500 ISO from Photography Blog gives some indication of what the camera can achieve. For ease of use I have re-sized the images to 1600 pixels long axis, both original and edited version. In the edited version I have applied a slight sharpen with medium contrast, small luminance curve, and a little foreground back-light. The result is a sharper and more contrasted image. Not perhaps to everyone’s taste but suitable for this demonstration. For an ISO 2500 image this isn’t bad and with a better understanding of this camera could in fact have been improved upon.

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Original Image
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Edited version