jcmarfilph: Now I wanna see an Android OS built in to these Fuji cameras.
I would too. It'd mean that if GPS comes back, I have a reasonable chance of writing an app that displays the GPS coordinates on the screen. To me GPS is nearly worthless if I can't see the coordinates until I offload the pictures.
techmine: Most people think it's a copy cover camera. I don't find a camera with 20x zoom on a 1/2 inch sensor with PASM modes in the market(Fuji has one). Also most people don't know how good is the EXR sensor on these fujis. Now no GPS? I agree that's a bit of a step backward. With WiFi everywhere, building a camera to upload pics to social sites is cool too.
Ideally I would want GPS, but it seems that all implementations of it have been poor.
MDwebpro: Pros: RAW capture (Woohoo!), good zoom range (far more than necessary at telephoto end), 460K pixel LCD screen, smart flash, built-in HDR (though I wish it incorporated three exposures, rather than two), 1/2000 maximum shutter speed, full-HD video capture and stereo sound, acceptable weight and size.
Cons: Sensor size is still too small, LCD screen is not fully articulated, maximum aperture is still too slow (see the new Lumix bridge camera), autofocus is still too slow (.16 seconds), flash range is insufficient.
But from a glass-is-half-full perspective, the manufacturers are (slowly) getting closer to what a lightweight, advanced enthusiast travel camera should be! Maybe another 3-4 years and they'll have the formula right. I remain ever-hopeful.
People are going to say superzooms have too small sensors unless they have full frame sensors. There's no winning.
I hope whoever tests this camera is smart enough to test it with Eneloop's or lithium's instead of being the common nitwit that uses alkaline's and then whines about short battery life. I have a hard time taking a review of a digital camera seriously when the tester does that.
rondhamalam: If only it has ANDROID ..........................
Symbian is dead !!!
Wait for next generation of pureview Nokia 809
I'm waiting for this hardware with a different OS. It can't come too soon.
Not as high speed as some of their older cameras, but at least it has good battery life.
That's interesting that maps can be downloaded. I wonder if that means topo maps can be uploaded to the camera so that hikers can use it for navigation. I don't really care for that. I'd be happy if it allows the current gps coordinates to be displayed in a couple common formats.
wkay: 720mm seems silly as I doubt IS will be very effective.. otherwise looks interesting. Need to focus on being a camera rather than bells and whistles (electronic level gauge? How did photography survive for 150 years without it?).
So what? It's there if you need it and have a tripod to overcome the limitations of its IS. Having a tripod for long distance shooting is always a very good idea.
Humboldt Jim: Lighter weight and better cold weather performance by switching from NiMH to Li ion, better EVF and firm wear improvements have eliminated the deal killers that outweighed the positive of the manual zoom. The HS30 is now on my short list.
I handled the Canon SX40HS which was uninspiring to me. Unfortunately, I need to travel at least 200 miles to handle the cameras on my short list and I am not OC enough to do the order and return routine.
I have yet to see the enthusiasm for the HS 20 on the Fujifilm Forum as for the FZ150 on the Panasonic forum. Maybe the HS30 will change that.
They didn't switch from nimh to lithium ion, they switched from AA to lithium ion. I've gone 2053 shots on my S9000 using Eneloops. With cold resistant lithium batteries I probably could have got more shots. I wouldn't have known though because at 2053 shots I was done shooting even though the batteries weren't.
Macist: No GPS?!
Seriously, who buys superzooms? People who travel, I'd guess, so they don't have to carry an SLR and lenses.
Without GPS, this fails as a travel camera.
People that know they can only get the shot from a long distance.
atetuna: Changing to a lithium ion battery was the last thing I wanted them to do. Now the only reason for me to consider this camera is the manual zoom, and that's not really worth it.
The only problem is that it reduced battery life. Yeah, if you're the type that would put alkaline batteries in your camera, then you shouldn't like it, but then you're probably the same type that would buy a cheap chinese spare lithium ion battery. On my S9000 the AA battery life is rated about the same as the HS20, but I've gone 2053 shots on one charge with Eneloops, and still had extra juice when I stopped shooting.
jimr: 600 images per battery charge is great....
Not compared to the old camera with nimh Eneloop batteries.
Changing to a lithium ion battery was the last thing I wanted them to do. Now the only reason for me to consider this camera is the manual zoom, and that's not really worth it.