Summary: This camera took longer than I hoped to be delivered, but it was worth the wait! The photo settings (default) are absolutely horrid, but if you mess with the ISO, aperture, picture size, and pretty much every other setting, this camera is better than a 900 dollar Canon DSLRs. As far as the video quality goes, out of the box the video quality is pretty great, but if you mess around with the settings for video, you can get it even better.
Summary: This is my second HS20, first one stolen. I keep it in the car for that unexpected event. Camera has worked beautifully. I have reccomened it to several friends. One has just returned from St Petersburg, Russia. She was going to take Sony Pro, the weight and additional lens and present results concerned her. Haven't seen her results yet. I'm a long time pro, formerly Southern Ca Nikon Rep.
Summary: My husband bought this for me for my birthday. I had another camera in mind, but I'm so grateful that he got me this one. I have fallen in love with this camera. It's great for taking all kinds of pictures. It does especially excellent with studio type photographs. The only thing that I'm not crazy about on this camera, is the fact that you cannot change lenses. But this camera makes up for that in several other ways.
Summary: We were looking to get into photography, and wanted more control then the standard point and shoot, but didn't want the cost of a SLR or to carry multiple lenses around. We shopped around for months reading reviews and comparing features before finally choose the HS20. We are very impressed with our choice and have recommended it to others. This bridge camera offers many features over a point and shoot.