- Thanks for the nice comments.... But as my Nana used to say, 50 years ago - "The Truth will out...!"
That is - I'm no Capital-P "Photographer", and at 62 now, might never be one...
I do Snaps when I'm experimenting and having fun - and Pix when trying to do some that friends might like. My idea of "success" is getting a cheesey-grin from my mid-teens godson, and a "Neato, Unky-Dave!" Even when the image certainly wouldn't turn dear old Ansel Adams green with envy...!
At times - and they'll be "sort-of-bests" from 4GB-Cards-full of "odd results" - I'm now getting, among the Snaps, some Pix - and realising - it certainly isn't "me" - what I'm learning, is how to "tell the HS10 what to do".
The HS10 is a pretty amazing camera - but it isn't an easy-to-use-P&S. I'm realising, now - that it can still do rather better than I'm yet able to do with it.
Whatever "Fuji-isms" Fuji has done with this camera - and it certainly has a few! - staying with 10Mpix on the 1/2.3 BSI-CMOS sensor seems to have been a good one. Putting the 'electricals' on the back, and at "only" 10Mpix - seems to have given the HS10 quite good low-light and high-ISO abilities.
Getting "usable" - if reduced below 1600 x 1200 - if certainly not printable - ISO-6400 images on dull days, at 30x optical or virtual-60x digital - images from a tiny-sensored P&S device, isn't quite what you'd expect. And it will do that with JPEGs...
I have much yet to learn about this device!
As for the Canon SX30... Ummm, it does beautiful Videos! And it looks very neat and is easy to use. But - visible noise starting to creep in, on a fine day, at ISO-200 - and really there, at 400... Sure - for snaps to share around at 1024 x 768 - nobody's going to notice.
But at ISO-800 it's saying, "Hi - I have 14-Million receptors on a CCD the size of a piece of confetti - a 15th the size of a crop-body sensor - and I'm not very happy about that!"
And at ISO-1600 - while it doesn't hang-up an "Out to Lunch" sign, it might as well...
With the HS10 - ISO 800 and 1600 are still in your "ordinary pix" range - dull days, deep-shade, indoors lighting without flash - at 1600, switch to RAW + JPEG... Later - look at the JPEGs to see which RAWs are worth doing - and be gentle on the de-noising.
But the SX30 "eats" the HS10 for Video functions and controls - stills, it seems to be the other way around. Not having RAW, these says, at the around-$500.00 end of the P&S price-range seems to be a boo-boo on Canon's part.
And the 1.3fps max Continuous - slower than the SX10's 1.4fps - is just plain-woeful! Users only need a day or two of zapping moving targets in Shutter Priority or Manual at 10-7-5fps - to get used to the idea. From then on - any camera you pick up, without it, feels "something missing"...
And that includes my still much-beloved SX10...
- Sure, the Canon 1000D will "do" better images than the HS10 - or any others of the P&S range - it has about 15-times the sensor size, to start with. Then just add a Wide-end lens, a Mid-Ranger, and a Tele-Zoom. The "usable" consumer-end tele-zooms start at about $300.00 for Sigma's 70-300mm DG APO...
So even an entry-level body and 3 basic lenses won't leave much change out of $1,500.00.
I've been doing the sums for well over a year... The HS10 was "nearly" a Pentax K-X and Sigma 17-70mm as "kit" walkaround lens. That combo, only $300.00 more than the HS10. Which wouldn't - quite - have collapsed the bank.
But, I went HS10 because I didn't really know enough to use a DSLR properly. And there were rumours of a "new-improved" K-X, even then.
Also - the HS10 is similar in size, shape, zoom, external buttons / command-dial, and MF ring functions, to a DSLR. For "getting used to that".
Still going DSLR? Certainly! Pentax K-R - certainly. Because Canons and Nikons are "no-good"? Of course not - both brands do excellent devices.
The entry-level Pentaxes are good value for money - and for those on limited fixed-incomes - there's a vast array of film-era SLR lenses around. I have several already. To go with the Sigma 17-70mm I'll buy with it. Starting with an SMC - latest version - Takumar (Asahi-Pentax) - f/1.8 55mm as the 82mm - on that body - prime.
Given to my landlord as a gift in 1974 - along with a Spotmatic body and other lenses he found he couldn't use - and packed away - until he heard me talking about Pentaxes 36-years later... "Oh, I might be able to dig out some old Pentax stuff from the storeroom you might find a use for..."
That one, and the push-pull zoom 80-210 Tamron macro, etc - all immaculate - are screw-mount - and some others I picked up for very little, are K-mount - the old series Sigma 100-300, so on... The latter will "do a turn" while I'm saving for the Pentax 55-300 ED.
As I'll still have the HS10 - between them I won't run out of zoom...
Regards to Both, Dave.