Excerpt: My background is I like easy to use cameras but need a decent zoom for wildlife photos etc on long haul holidays. My existing camera was a fuji S1000 which has done reasonably well, but I was interested in the HS20 for 3 main reasons: 1. The increase in zoom from 12x to 30x 2. The EXR dynamic range mode for high contrast shots eg taking a picture of a bird/monkey in a tree in a backlit situation. 3.
Excerpt: First off I wanna say if your looking for the perfect camera.....GOOD LUCK! No Camera is perfect....all have their strong and weak points $200 to $2000+. Too many people expect the quality of a High End DSLR out of a $300 Prosumer Camera. It's probably never gonna happen so we hafta be realistic! This lil Guy has some excellent features for various types of photography. You don't hafta be a expert to get awesome pics with it.
Excerpt: This camera had been rated from 3.5 to 5.0 stars in most reviews. It all comes to the way it was advertised and people's naive expectations. It looks, feels and weights like a DSLR but it's not, so if you expect the picture quality of a 12MP 23.4x15.6mm sensor from a 16MP 6.4x4.8mm EXR sensor look elsewhere, sensor size really matters.
Summary: Been using this camera for a while now and always surprised at the results it produces. Fuji, makers of film know their stuff regarding colour and the optics are very good for the price. It's NOT an SLR but a very good 'bridge' between a compact and an SLR. The optical zoom is more than adequate for most shots and I have found the battery life very good, except in very cold weather.