For the price you really get an awesome product. The huge zoom lens with a smooth barrel combined with a quick acting AF and levelling tool, just some of the features I have used to great extent. I used to be dreadful at getting horizons level in the picture, now I have no problems. Combined with a 16GB card I am able to take 29m of full HD recording. By the way the video produced is comparable with many high end consumer digital video cameras. The image quality, second to none. The only drawback, doesn't always meter the sky correctly and it can struggle in low light. I used this camera in very low light settings, a candlelit wedding to be exact. As the photographer for the event, I was amazed at how some of the photos turned out. Why spend all the money on an expensive DSLR and all the lenses, when Fujifilm have cornered the market with this incredibly well valued alternative.
This camera is amazing - talk about 10 pounds in a 9 pound tin !! Still finding out all its capabilities, but sharp pic.s, versatile functions, good rechargeable battery life, and fantastic manual zoom. But, the case that is part of this deal is too small. Cramming the camera in makes it unuseable as it is a fiddle to get in and out and leaves no room for accessories. Shame, so had to spend more money on a bigger case. So, overall, great camera & memory card but wrong case.
By some distance the highest performing big zoom or bridge camera in a non SLR format. Sub £300 for what costs over £1k in SLR. Particularly good is the manual (not electromechanical) zoom for greater control and feel and the SLR matching ISO for low light.
This was bought as a Christmas present for my partner, and she loves it. Whereas I can't get interested in anything beyond "point and shoot" my partner was finding her photography limited by these constraints, so a bridge camera seemed the logical step. This got very good reviews, only negative seemed to be video sound quality??? I think I'll use a video camera for video, so don't even class that as relevant. First impressions are great, first photos are very good, would recommend this as you can just point and shoot too!