Starting in two seconds the HSlO'S lens is commendably backed up by sensor shift image stabilisation, preventing blur from camera shake even at extreme telephoto setting. In bright sunny conditions we were hard pressed to see any deterioration in image quality at this range, too. Alongside full manual modes, you can choose to shoot either JPEG or Raw files. The HSlO is also one of the few to offer an accessory flash via a vacant hotshoe. The classy feature set continues with a manual zoom ring and separate focus ring, offering more precise control than buttons. The tilting, three-inch LCD offers added potential for accurate framing if shooting from low or high angles.
The smaller electronic viewfinder is a little too pokey but does feature nifty eye sensors that automatically switch the EVF on as an eyeball looms towards it. Delivering evenly exposed images, just enough detail and natural colours, the HSlO is currently Fuji's most professional camera. As you can't change the lens on the front it's important that it offers enough to stop more experienced photographers getting bored, and on that score the 30X zoom delivers. Rounding matters off, a camcorder-like record button activates full-HD, stereo video and you can use the zoom manually in video mode, giving more pro results.