The only 'real' premium superzoom camera was the Panasonic DMC-FZ200? Did someone forget the Fuji X-S1? With its manual zoom its a classic.
Draniki: This result isn't blow to prestige of the Canon and Nikon cameras, but blow to prestige of a site DPReview.
You presumably haven't tried one!
simon65: Fuji have demonstrated they can produce a decent CMOS APS-C sensor with the FinePix X100. They need to drop that sensor into the X-S1, dispense with the absurd mega zoom - which no one could hold steady at 624 mm, or anything like it - and provide a range of interchangeable lenses.
The result (assuming Fuji can get the operating software sorted - surely possible) would be a much needed dose of fresh air to the jaded amateur DSLR market where each of the incumbant players seem intent on merely offering more of the same. In the case of Canon's XXXD line that invariably means a cheap and tacky body, while for Nikon's D3100 and 5100 ugly with ghastly plastics is de rigour.
There's a gap out there alright, and the design of the Fuji X-S1 suggests Fuji could fill it if they had the courage to bring a high quality, compact interchangeable lens DSLR, with the looks of the X-S1 and an APS-C sensor.
So how about it?
Can't agree with you re the 624mm being unusable. I recently visited Oulton Park and photographed Superbikes in action. Examples can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/philcilcain/sets/72157629985750287/ They are pretty well all at 624mm, hand held, iso up to 800 depending on how the light was. The camera is not as good as I hoped it would be, image quality could be better, but it's a pleasure to use and it's super versatility makes it a winner.
MonteCarlo67: This is exactly what I was waiting to see before purchasing an X10. Major improvement! Now, I just need to wait awhile to ensure that when I buy a brand new X10 that it will be with the new sensor. Not sure if this has been mentioned by Fuji, but will there be a way to know if a new camera has the old or new sensor (serial number, sticker on the box, ect..)?
I've had an X-S1 for a couple of weeks and despite trying to find "orbs" in reflections and lights I've not found a problem. Having said that, I contacted Fuji over image quality, the detail is no better than my S100fs and at some focal lengths image detail/sharpness is not as good. Fuji offered me an exchange or refund and sent me a prepaid bag to return the camera. They have also offered a replacement sensor. (I bought the camera from the Fuji shop).I love using the camera, the incredible versatility, excellent viewfinder and most times, fast accurate focusing are great. I'm going to wait and see what comments are made on the new sensor. It would be nice to hear that image quality has improved as well as the elusive orbs put right. It's a good camera, it's just not the great camera that was promised and I had hoped for. My test shots can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/philcilcain/sets/72157629752371997/ Try to resist pixel peeping!
Decent quality from the new Fuji X S1, but still not quite as good as the old S100fs.
The Fuji S100fs produces a sharper image with less noise than the new X S1.