Fujifilm's bridge cams dominate CES lineup, we check out the FinePix SL1000, S8300 and HS50EXR

Fujifilm's bridge cams dominate CES lineup, we check out the FinePix SL1000, S8300 and HS50EXR

What makes a bridge cam? You can use the lens length as a general rule of thumb -- if it's long enough to form a bridge, that model qualifies (full disclosure: we made that bit up, but perhaps it'll stick). Fujifilm's got a few such devices on the CES shelf, and we've dropped by to check them out. At the high end, you'll find the FinePix HS50EXR, which includes a brand new 16-megapixel 1/2-inch EXR CMOS II sensor with phase-detection focusing and an autofocus speed of 0.05 second, along with a 42x (24-1000mm) f/2.8-5.6 manual zoom lens. Next up, we have the SL1000, with its 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor and 50x (24-1200mm) f/2.9-5.6 optical zoom lens, followed by the S8300, with a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor and 42x (24-1008mm) f/2.9-6.5 lens. All three are expected to ship in March, with the HS50EXR priced at $550, the SL1000 at $400 and the S8300 running you $310. You can find a few more details (along with a collection of similar models) in our announcement post, but what you're likely really after is a gallery of hands-on shots -- that's waiting just below.%Gallery-175350%