Zakdog - Hmmm, I notice that the Pix posted are at 126mm and below... The non-brilliant IQ S2000HD can do that. One therefore wonders - are the images at 500mm and up - to its 720mm - not very "usable"...?
These "User Reports" are a bit worrying... A Canon SX10 IS - which has the same size, if not type, sensor - can do better than the Pix shown. As shown on this Forum. (See Gordon's SX10 Review.)
Maybe, "out past" 20x the HS10 can't do much better than the SX10 using its 1.4x Teleconverter mode, which "simulates" up to 28x.
If so - it certainly still has features that the SX10 doesn't - RAW, and the 7-shots full-frame at 10fps rate, and more. Plus HD video - IF folk need that.
But if folk already have an SX10 / SX1 / SX20 - are those "added features" enough to induce them to buy the very pricey HS10?
In Australia the HS10 will be over AUD$800.00 - US$740.00. For AUD$50.00 more we can have the Pentax KX with kit Pentax 18-55mm and 50-200mm lenses. Or an Olympus E-620 with 14-42mm lens for AUD$880.00.
Yes - I'm very aware that for those of us on lower incomes, pensions, etc - buying more lenses for DSLRs can be a worry. Perhaps less so with the Pentax ability to use older pre-owned lenses...
I'm not at all sure what Fuji's up to with its pricing on the HS10 here - if it is absolutely brilliant for a small-sensor Bridge Camera - at 600mm plus, if not right out at 720mm, then yes - it's still an attractive buy, with all of those nice features.
But it has to be "at least as good" as the Canon SX 10 to 600mm - and "much better" than the SX10's "1.4x TC simulations" - out to 28x plus, to really be worth buying...
Because even though my buying-power is limited - I've been doing my sums - and I can get a Pentax KX with just the kit 18-55mm, for AUD$689.00 - and while learning my DSLR-basics with the 18-55 - save a bit more and get the Sigma 70-300mm DG ADO - which is about AUD$300.00 here.
So, total price just under AUD$1,000.00 - or about $200.00 more than the HS10. Sure, that Sigma 70-300mm isn't a "Pro" level lens - but I'm only doing "hobby-level" anyway. And I have seen some very nice images the more experienced DSLR folk have done with that lens.... Maybe I wouldn't get to that skills level - but it'd be fun trying to!
Therefore - back to the "Dilemma".... Phewww! Do we need a "really proper" Review on the HS10!
> Fuji - hurry up and Express-Transfer one to Gordon - instanter...! He might have remarkable Reviewing-abilities - but I doubt that doing them via ESP is included...