Excellent photo quality with many professional features
16 January 2014
Summary: The camera is excellent. Picture quality is quite clear. The camera includes many advanced features that may be used by a semi and/or professional photographer. Locking in the frame to be shot for a more precise photograph is a favored feature. I highly recommend such a camera to those who wish to pursue advance photography.
Excerpt: + Very sharp tele photos at f 7,1. (Sharp tele lenses are very expensive) + Use it with 800 ISO, 8MP (no more) and sociore 1,8x converter.Nice birds shootings possible.Try it. + very nice colors, high contrast and very good sharpness (besides wide angle in the corners) + AA batteries - Video lanscapes are 'jumping' sometimes, when moving bridge HS20 too quickly.
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.