The FinePix HS50EXR features a high precision manual zoom lens, with 42x focal length range (24-1000 mm), and a new 16-megapixel ½-inch EXR CMOS II sensor, with phase detection that is said to achieve the world’s fastest autofocus speed in its class.
The EXR Processor II has faster processing speeds compared to the previous generation EXR processor.
Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus automatically selects between phase detection autofocus or contrast autofocus in low light to ensure the optimal focus system is used. Using the Continuous Shooting mode, the HS50EXR can shoot in burst mode of 11fps at full resolution (up to 5 frames) and seamless 5.5fps shooting at 8-megapixel resolution.
The camera uses a new Focus Peaking feature in manual focus mode to help photographers by highlighting high contrast areas of a subject and provides a guide for focusing in situations where it is difficult to tell whether the subject is correctly focused.
The HS50EXR can shoot macro photography as close as 1 cm throughout the zoom range.
The lens uses aspherical, ED and cemented elements and achieves blur reduction with optical image stabilization. The lens features 17 elements in total, 15 of which have Super EBC coating on both sides to reduce ghosting and flare.
The HS50EXR has an electronic viewfinder and 3.0-inch LCD screen that folds out and flips around.
The camera is capable of full HD movie recording (1080p) at up to 60 frames per second, and you can record lower resolution movies at up to 480 fps for slow motion. 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 10 different modes which simulate the effects of traditional Fujifilm films, including colour reversal film effects, and create multiple exposures. There also are several Advanced Filter functions.
Also joining the camera lineup is FinePix HS35EXR, with 16-megapixel ½-inch EXR CMOS sensor and 30X manual zoom.