Summary: There are two things about a DSLR that we were hoping to solve with this camera: 1. switching lenses on a DSLR is a pain at best and can damage the camera at worst (if things like sand, etc. get in there). 2. a DSLR is not generally water-resistant (although there are a few that are, e.g. Pentax K-50). This camera has good build quality and I've no doubt it's weatherproof. And it's zoom is enormous, so no need to change lenses.
Summary: I am not a professional photographer. I won't even try to claim to be. However, I researched cameras for almost a year before finally breaking down and spending the money for this product. I love taking pictures. It's my favorite hobby. So far, I've taken over 500 with this camera since I received it 12/26/2014. I've been mainly just playing with it, seeing what each feature does, and testing out the type of pictures it will take. As of yet, I am in love.
What am excellent camera. I had a really good camera and ...
Sandi Holm, Amazon
19 December 2014
Summary: What am excellent camera. I had a really good camera and it took excellent photos, but I had to change lenses from ride angle to telephoto. This had a wider and longer range of zoom and you don't have to change lenses. Fujifilm had always had great cameras. I've had 2 others of lesser calibre. I received it in perfect condition, brand new just as promised.
Great Camera, works flawlessly and CMOS sensor is very ...
JCFH "JCFH", Amazon
3 December 2014
Summary: Great Camera, works flawlessly and CMOS sensor is very sensitive and advantage of being able to record HD video is a big plus. This type of camera sure does make it easier as to not have to hang a heavy SLR around your neck, liberate yourself!
Excerpt: I'm a professional photographer and I wanted a all-use and light camera for travel and holidays (very well sealed), this camera works perfectly. Obviously it isn't the best sensor but that wasn't the idea. The lens is spectacular!
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom
Great camera body; less than great photo image quality
Tina from Brooklyn "Piedmont photobug", Amazon
7 November 2014
Summary: Image quality not as good as my Panasonic FZ 150. I absolutely loved the feel of camera's body: substantial but not too heavy for the 50x zoom, good grip, and great articulated, protective LCD. EVF small size but doable. Lots of extra features, like HDR and panaroma. Would have like another function control button and really liked the Panasonic's quick menu compared to the extensive button pushing on the Fuji to get the same function.