Excerpt: I am not a professional photographer but I have remained passionate about photography for a long time now. I am currently using Nikon SLR gear primarily for indoor architectural shots. I wanted a compact camera which had a fast zoom lens, which looked good and had the manual features which I required. It also needed to produce acceptable image quality.
Excerpt: Bought it 9 months ago. I started serious amator photography in 1969 with a Pentax Spotmatic. I shoot mainly vacation landscapes and family portraits or social occasions. And I prefer to avoid flashes: direct flash is ugly, except in sunny backlight, and bounce flash is bulky. I own a Sony DSC-V1 (expert compact with razorsharp vario-sonnar len 33-132 f2,8-4) since may 2004 and a Pentax IST-DS DSLR with quite a bunch of lenses (transtandard and telezooms, plus 1,7-50 FA,...
Summary: While this is a fantastic little camera - especially for Amazon's reduced price - you should know that they are still shipping 15+ month old models with the faulty (re: White Orbs) sensor. I received mine today as a birthday gift. The SN was prefixed 14A, the firmware was 1.02, and the sensor was the original faulty unit. Fuji recognized this sensor problem and started shipping models with the new sensor in May or 2012.
Summary: Pictures are crystal clear ZOOM works extremely well The only problem is that there is only a 3"x3" rear-view device that becomes a real chore when trying to view a subject when the sun is behind you Camera needs a normal, old fashion rear-view sight.
Excerpt: Strengths: Beautiful build for the eye and the hands. Gorgeous colors straight out of the camera. Wonderful in-camera raw conversion. Dynamic range far beyond its class. Weaknesses: No information in OVF (solved with X20). Steep learning curve if one wants to explore full capacities of hardware and software dynamic range settings. Now to my story: Last year I gave this camera a four star review.
Summary: This is a camera I really was looking forward to; unfortunately, that anticipation was short-lived. The build quality sure seems solid & excellent (especially since it's made in Japan), the buttons and dials responsive, and everything else appears good on the surface. No white orbs were present, and the latest firmware came pre-installed, with a body serial number in the 24xx range (so it was new stock).
Summary: I just purchased this about a month ago, immediately took it on vacation for a week and read the manual as I went. I can't figure out how to connect usb so I can view pic on TV. Very easy to use. I like the stabilizer feature and the 30x zoom let me take close up pics of people on stage as sat 12 rows back in an the audience. The chip makes dark areas lighter that real life. I'm still learning how to adjust the settings.