Summary: A great camera! I am a professional of more than 40 years and have owned Nikons, Hasselblads, Rolleiflexes,Minoltas, Pentax, etc. This camera can compete with any of the above and at much less cost, and with ONE lense! In fact, I liked it so much I turned around and bought an even later updated model ten (10) days later! Fuji is coming out with the best Bridge cameraas available today with all the functions needed/required by most professionals today.
Summary: I purchased this camera as a Christmas gift for my husband. He only took about 20 pictures when the lens wouldn't retract and an error message appeared. We called Fuji and they advised to turn it off, remove the batteries and let the camera sit for 24 hours in the hopes that it would reset itself. We followed the instructions and the camera did not reset. We then had the expense of sending the camera to Fuji for "warranty work".
Summary: I bought this for my wife who works in the Newspaper industry designing classified ads and doing special projects. She loves the camera. Big enough to do high quality photo's, but small enough to not be offensive to carry in her purse. Perfect. But use lithium batteries.
Summary: I love this camera. I Ghosts Hunt and this works wonderful for what I am using it for. It takes great pictures. I was looking for a full spectrum camera. For the money this was the best buy that I found on the internet.
Summary: I've now had this camera for several months. Overall, I am satisfied with the purchase. I have taken many excellent pictures. The battery life seems very good (I'm using rechargeable batteries). I love having the viewfinder option and using basic AA batteries (two of my main reasons for choosing this camera over others) The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that the auto mode doesn't always produce the same quality of photos as the point-and-shoot I owned before this.
Summary: It has not been a year, and this camera is not working properly. The lens will not extend and the camera errors out. I am currently making a attempt to see if it is a warranty or something so I can have it replaced. It has not been dropped or wet or anything, it just started malfunctioning. You may want to make a different purchase then this one.