Summary: Bought this as replacement for same camera that just stopped working. We must be fools but this is the 3rd Fuji we have had and hopefully it will not just stop working like the other ones. This came in fine condition for used and I am getting an extended warranty this time because Fuji has lousy customer ser ice!!!!!!
Summary: People Like the HS10 -------------------- First off, this camera can be a fun camera to use and that's probably one reason why some people like this camera. I liked this camera initially but as time wore on there were just too many snags that ultimately gave me reason to return it. The Deal Breaker: False Battery Status -------------------------------------- The first one everyone will be familiar with is the false low-battery status message that this camera displays.
Excerpt: Lives up to the hype. Very good image quality. Incredible zoom range. Image stabilization really works well for full-zoom, hand-held shooting. Great video quality. Sweeping panoramic is fun and effective. Problems: None yet.
Excerpt: Shot-to-shot times a real pain. Average IQ; low quality zoom images lacking detail. Macro ability superb. Problems: 2 Firmware Updates appear to have repaired many prior issues while some remain.
Summary: I awaited for almost 2 months in anticipation of this camera when it was first announced around the beginning of February. I finally got my hands on it on April 7th, 2010. Unfortunately after a month using I returned it today to my local Walmart store. Image quality was a big let down. You can see plenty of noise and image artifacts at anything over ISO 100.
Summary: I'm a big fan of wide angle/high zoom p&s cameras for their practicality. I've owned Panasonic FZ series for the last several years and have been extremely happy with my current FZ35. My interest was sparked by the introduction of the HS10. The manual zoom with 24mm-720mm lens range was the draw. More on both ends of the lens than my FZ35. Plus the 10mp vs 12mp was a good thing to me (generally less noise with high ISO shots). The camera build and feel is solid.
Below average IQ, above average zoom, mediocracy in everything else.
11 April 2010
Summary: First of all if this camera didn't come with an impressive zoom range and a manual type zoom I would have given it 2 stars. The IQ tradeoff for a 30x zoom range is evident in this camera. The .jpg images at all ISO's are full of noise and lack clarity when compared to other cameras in this range. The resoluton reminds me of a 5mp camera of 3-5 years ago.
Summary: As has been said nearly a billion times this camera has an amazing specification. And let me say at the outset it lives up to the spec as far as I can see. It is the performance that is not stated in the spec that is disappointing. The biggest bugbear for me is the speed of taking a picture. It is a hard thing to quantify for the punter (hey! why don't professional reviewers make a bit of an effort?