Summary: If you are after a bridge camera, the HS10 should be on your shortlist. The viewfinder is its only real failure and no camera in this class has perfected it. If this was solved, and the sensor enlarged to APS-C size, buying a budget DSLR would seem wasteful, but the HS10 is an affordable alternative
Excerpt: The Fujifilm FinePix HS10 ties with its direct rival, the Olympus' SP-800UZ , for offering the world's longest zoom range on a non interchangeable lens camera. The Fuji - alternatively known as a bridge model because feature-wise it plugs the gap between point and shoot pocket compact and more professional digital SLR, closely resembling the latter - has a robust-feel 30x optical zoom bolted on its front.
Pros: Chunky, robust build quality, comprehensive "DSLR lite" feature set with plenty of manual options, dedicated controls and buttons, including manual focus and zoom rings, angle-adjustable LCD, eye sensor operated EVF, attractive images with good colour reproduction
Cons: The added weight and bulk over competing rivals, plus the fact that for the price an entry level DSLR might suit you better if a huge zoom range isn't an overriding requirement