Thursday, January 24, 2013

Moon photos with the Fujifilm HS25EXR camera.

I have taken photos of the moon with my Samsung camera and I have remembered the settings: EV in -1.7 to -2, ISO low, 100. Here is one sample photo of a nearly full moon taken with the Fujifilm superzoom camera:
Shutter 1/320s, f/7.1. You do not need binoculars anymore to view great images of the moon.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Official camera specs from Fujfilm

Visit HS25EXR Specificationa Here is a copy of the specs.
Fujinon 30x optical zoom lens
rangeaperture (1.28:11 at 4.2 mm wide -5.6:11 at 126mm telephoto), (24-720mm) on a 35mm camera
Elements 11 groups 15 lenses
Intelligent zoomIntelligent digital zoom approx. 2.0x (up to approx. 60x, with 30x optical zoom)
EV step 1/3
Continuous shooting
Super High : approx. 11fps (Size M,S)
High : approx. 8fps (Size L,M,S)
Middle : approx. 5fps (Size L,M,S)
Low : approx. 3fps (Size L,M,S)
Image stabilisationCMOS sensor shift type
Electronic viewfinder 0.2-inch., approx. 200,000 dots, color LCD viewfinder approx. 100% coverage
LCD monitor3.0-inch, approx. 460,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage
Movie recording1920 x 1080 pixels / 1280 x 720 pixels / 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.) with stereo sound, Optical zoom function (manual) can be used.
Photography functionsEXR mode, High Speed Movie (80 / 160 / 320 frames/sec), Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Face recognition, Advanced mode (Pro focus, Pro low light, Multiple exposure, Individual shutter 3D), Motion Panorama360, Film simulation, Histogram display, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Best frame capture, Advanced Anti Blur, Date stamp
Playback functions Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Protect, Crop, Resize, Slide show, Image rotate, voice memo, histogram display, exposure warning, Photobook assist, image search, Favorites, Mark for upload, Panorama, Erase selected frames
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print, 35 Languages, Time difference, Silent mode
Terminal ports Video output:
NTSC / PAL selectable with monauralsound, Digital interface, USB 2.0 High-Speed HDMI output: HDMI Mini connector
Power supply4x AA batteries (included)
Dimensions 130.6(W) x 96.6(H) x 126.0(D) mm / 5.1(W) x 3.8(H) x 4.9(D) in.
Weight Approx. 687g / 24.2oz. (including battery and memory card), Approx. 637g / 22.4oz. (excluding battery and memory card)
Accessories with camera 4x AA batteries, Shoulder strap USB cable, A/V cable, Lens cap and Lens cap cor, CD-ROM Owner's manual
There is no mention of an electronic horizon level indicator! nor of an ability to capture raw data!

Downloadable pdf manual

Here is a link to an English downloadable manual from fujifilm itself: HS25EXR manual

Display grid lines in viewing screen.

I have familiarized myself with my Samsung camera and that was quick. But the hs25exr finepix camera is so much more complicated! Right now, my finepix cam is showing grid lines but I am asking myself again and again, How do you turn on and off the display of grid lines in the viewing screen when composing a photo? Will post the answer later!
Answer. 2013/01/13
  1. Turn on the camera
  2. Press the DISP/BACK button
  3. Select best framing from [ON, OFF, Best framing, HD FRAMING, HISTOGRAM]
After this steps, the HS25EXR will show a 3 by 3 gridline. As a comparison, the Samsung WB150F camera offers more than two ways of showing grid lines!

Where is the electronic horizon level indicator?

Funny but I cannot find the electronic horizon level indicator in my hs25exr camera, yet this feature is over-hyped in camera publications! Ah ok, I think it is in the rectangular ruler strip with movable white band and yellow square block indicator.But a check in the manual tells me that this is the exposure level! Where is the camera's electronic level indicator? Based on Fujifilm.EU page page on the HS25EXR camera, here is what the electronic level guide is supposed to be doing!
But so far I could not make the camera do the horizon leveling feature to appear! Where is the electronic hozizon level guide? How do you make it appear? NOTE: The EU page has now been modified not to show that the HS25EXR has the electronic level gauge!

Welcome to my finepix hs25EXR camera blog

I just bought a new Fujifilm camera although I already have a Nikon D5100 and Samsung WB150F cameras. The compelling reasons are
  1. 30x zoom for travel and nature photography (birds, landscapes)
  2. Much cheaper, less than 15,000 pesos than a 50X zoom camera by Canon at <= 26,000 pesos!
  3. Much smaller than the Nikon dslr
  4. Manual controls with S,A, M settings
  5. convenient 360 degree panoramic mode
  6. tiltable lcd viewing screen
  7. electronic view finder
  8. flash shoe!
The package came with a tripod and an 8 Gig generic SD card. I bought it at SM North, and immediately purchased a UV filter, and extra four NiMh AA batteries for spare power, and a lens cap. I will post some pointers to its use and will post photos taken by this camera in future articles. Stay tuned!