Back in May of 2013 I did a post: “Forgotten but not gone. Fujifilm Finepix HS10” about my relationship with my poor lamented Fujifilm HS10. Well it’s now very definitely gone. I just boxed it up and sent it to my brother-in-law in California. He had a need for a digital camera with manual controls and asked for my advice. I made a few suggestions, but when I asked how much he wanted to pay I got the impression that he didn’t want to pay much. I use all of my digital cameras extensively except for my Panasonic Lumix LX3, which I keep for sentimental reasons (it’s the camera that restarted my interest in photography around 2010) so I didn’t think that I had anything that I could give to him. Then it occurred to me: I still had the HS10. I quickly sent him a message saying he could have it if he wanted it. It’s by no means the best camera for what he wants to do but the price was right: free and it does have the manual controls he says he needs.
Before I sent it off I gave it one last try….and I still can’t stand it. Trying it out brought back all the reasons why. It’s un-intuitive and is annoying in so many small ways, which unfortunately add up to a major inconvenience. The image quality is quite poor and the camera’s greatest strength, it’s huge zoom range, is also a great weakness as I was never able to get the long focal length the work well. It’s a pity because it’s not really such a bad camera, but I just can’t use it. Maybe it’s the right camera for someone – just not me. Maybe my brother-in-law will take to it better than I did. At least someone will try to use it now and that’s better than it just sitting on a shelf getting covered in dust.
So as a finally parting shot on my Fujifilm HS10 here are a couple of pictures taken with it in November, 2010 at Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow, NY.