Summary: I own a DSLR camera and love the manual controls. However, wanted something which was bit more portable but which would still provide images which were better than the usual point and click cameras. This Fuji fits the bill. It comes with an excellent range of DSLR style image controls for aperture, exposure etc.. with a truly excellent 10x optical zoom (which is obviously miles better than the digital zoom on most compacts).
Summary: I have had this camera for a year and a bit now and have got to know it quite well; the way I see it, it is a camera that is trying to be a DSLR (ie. big expensive camera) but hasn't quite managed - but then, that is reflected in the price. It does well in general, providing good pictures fairly easily. It has a fairly effective autofucus and a good zoom. The grip is also very nice, but needs small hands otherwise you'll find your fingers with nowhere to go.