So, I did a quick walk around the area and through the local market. I mostly shot Raw + Jpeg and the images below are the Jpegs straight from camera without any editing done.
The images below were all shot in :
P Mode, Large, 4:3, Fine, NR = Low, Astia, -0.33 EV, ISO 800 (Auto), DR 200% (or 400%)
I also had AF Tracking set to on and used it by simply 'half-pressing'.Same as I do on the HS-10.
Apart from the settings described, everything else was set to factory default.
Note : Clicking on any image will take you to a larger size which will have the Exif data intact
This next one was shot with AE Spot set to on.
So, my impressions ?
Well, compared to the FujiFilm HS-10 :
- Jpeg and Raw write times are faster. Not by huge amounts but definitely faster, especially for Raw
- LCD is simply superb but EVF is the same as the HS-10. Good, but not great
- Lens is just as sharp as the HS-10. Great lens
- The in-camera Jpeg processing leaves little to be desired. It's a tough job to get a better image from the Raw file, colour wise. More about that later
- At 24 mm it is wider than the HS-10 but also wider when at full zoom
- I really like the colours but would probably shoot M Fine as there are some artifacts at L Fine. Same as previous generation EXR cameras have exhibited
- DR is good (with the settings I used) but not as good as I can get out of the HS-10. Mind you if I had more time, and set differently, I am sure I could squeeze more out of it. More my fault than the camera
- CA is well controlled
- AF Tracking works in just the same way as on the HS-10 and is definitely worth always having on
Incidentally, it was blazingly hot today and the light very contrasty. Hence a lot of the images I deliberately looked for very bright versus very dark areas, to see how the DR held up.
Also, as it was very hot, the over temperature warning came on after a few minutes. Keep in mind that the camera was on the whole time (about 35 minutes), it never wanted to shut down, and the firmware was v 1.01.