I do a lot of urban shooting in potentially dangerous areas (Detroit) and decided to go light rather than lug my Pentax K5 and Lumix GH2, with an assortment of lenses, into the inner city. The manual zoom is really the one feature that lured me back to Fuji. So far, I am greatly impressed with how this HS30 is performing. I'm getting back nice images and really enjoy the ease of using this camera. I haven't seen much HS30 activity here in the forum and thought I'd throw in my three pics for viewing.