Summary: I am an amateur photographer who was sick to death of the limitations of my point-and-shoots, but was not interested in carrying a cumbersome camera bag with a DSLR and multiple lenses. I did my homework, and discovered the bridge superzooms with the capability of adding lenses and filters to the fixed lens. The Fujifilm Fine Pix HS50EXR got great reviews, and the price seemed very reasonable. This camera did not disappoint.
Summary: Wanted good quality pictures of my kids without the dslr price. I am not a professional photographer by any means, but this camera takes some awesome pictures! Lots of settings help you take all sorts of fun pictures, just point and shoot. Much better than my traditional digital camera. Manual zoom takes a little getting used to, but does have an auto face zoom feature. Bought the kit with extra filters, case, battery, memory card etc.
Summary: Ergonomically and mechanically the Fuji HS50exr is outstanding and fast, but what counts in the end is photog quality. Here it fails. Regular over exposure, image stabilization is poor, and photos come out smooth and even blurry. I have many years expeerience with high end dslrs and dozens of point and shots. Trust me the Canon SX50 gives much better image quality. Although the Fuji is faster and mechanically speaking the better camera.
Summary: I love this camera. I spent 3 weeks deciding between three brands but the reviews of the Fuji sold me. This is not a DSL with interchangeable lenses but the supplied lens is amazing. It is a little hefty, which I actually like, due to it's aluminum internal case and big lens vs. plastic for all others I considered. The 22 mm to 1000 mm zoom lens is phenomenal. A quarter turn of the barrel goes from one extreme to the other.
Summary: This camera exceeded my expectations. I'm a DSLR user but wanted a bridge camera as something to leave in the car and for the range of the lens. I've ended up using it 50% of the time! It's great for when I find a beautiful duck on a pond, etc. - I can handhold the long lens because it's so much lighter than an equivalent lens on a DSLR. Plus the camera seems to have a very good image stabilizer. I've also used the macro capability for very crisp, detailed shots.
Summary: I purchased this camera because I wanted a bridge camera that was not just a point and shoot but was not a large camera that I would have to pull out of the bag, chose a lens and put together. This camera has met my expectations and more. It is a great compliment to set next to my Canon 6D in the bag.
Summary: I really like this camera. I know "serious" photographers criticize the quality of the optics, but for my needs, it's a terrific, all-in-one camera. I love having the wide angle and the very long zoom and this camera has a very nice feel in your hands. Several people have commented on my "fancy" or "expensive" camera, which is rather funny, considering I paid <$400 for it. Prior to this, I used a Canon SX40is and prior to that a Canon SX20is (I love super zooms).