Summary: This is my third Fuji camera. All have been upgrades. I especially like the fantastic zoom on this one and the ease of taking panoramic pictures. The pano feature is a significant advance from the days of having to take two or more overlapping pictures and then combining them with photo software. As my daughter-in-law says, you don't even have to be at an event to take pictures of an event with the 50x zoom. Seriously, the zoom is incredible.
Summary: Overall I really love this camera. It is really awesome, except for the viewfinder, which was one of the main reasons that I bought it. Sadly, everything is just a blur through the viewfinder. I debated returning the camera because of this, but decided to keep it anyways. The 50x zoom is great, pictures turn out good even on that zoom level, but I do recommend using a tripod because the slightest movement can alter your photo.
Summary: I actually gave this camera to the lady in my life, because she needed a better camera and she loves it . I would recommend this camera to any buddy. Sutter speed is great. Over all, I wish I had one.
Summary: After an incident in the rain on vacation proved tragic for our DSLR, I decided to go a bit cheaper and get one of the bridge models. This one is significantly lighter than the DSLR, much less bulky, and I have yet to find a feature that I used on the SLR that is missing from this.
Summary: I bought this camera so I could leave my heavy DSLR and lenses at home yet still get some decent pictures while on a trip to Alaska. I don't regret the decision, but was reminded that this is indeed a bridge camera and not a replacement for a DSLR. My bottom line conclusion: I'll use this camera when on tours where I'm on a moving platform (bus, train, boat) and don't have the freedom or time to set up a tripod, change lenses, etc.