This is an excellent little machine that I would recommend to anyone who wants a more-than-basic digital camera and doesn't mind that with its chunky SLR-style shape it won't fit in their pocket. (It's small and light, and you can get a good carrying case for it.)
The specifications, performance, and image quality are all very impressive. The optical zoom range (there's also digital zoom on top of that but of course that brings lower quality images) is wide, and I do like the "SLR" design, even if it's smaller than a "real" one. My preference is for a viewfinder when framing shots, a legacy of my film photography days, though I have to say the screen here is large and well-illuminated. The handgrip is useful as well, and it houses the four AA batteries used - there's no down time charging batteries though I would recommend using lithium AAs after exhausting the alkaline ones provided. The whole feel and experience of using this camera is a delight. My larger (and more expensive) Nikon D60 is going to sit in its case for special occasions, this camera is much more portable (and with a longer zoom) for easy carrying and use when out and about.
That's not to say everything is perfect. It's best to confine video capture to scenes where the aidio isn't important as the noise from the tracking autofocus can be obtrusive. The USB cable provided for downloading the pictures is half the length I've had on other cameras or even my mobile phone, and that makes the download experience a bit awkward. The bundled software is slow and clunky - I uninstalled mine, and have no difficulties downloading the pictures direct as the computer reads the camera as an external storage device no problem. Oh, and would it have killed Fujifilm to provide a filter thread at the front, even if just for a skylight to protect the lens?
But despite these niggles I'm still giving this camera five stars. That's how much I like it.