First let me begin with some more 'likes' about this camera.
One very nifty and cool feature I found that I really love a lot is the Auto Panoramic Mode.
Really? Gosh, it should not be so easy! Put the camera in Panoramic mode, follow the instructions, and simply hand hold the camera and slowly turn until the camera stops and processes the shot.
Here are 2 shots I did as experiments in the Pano mode at 120 degrees.
Clouds and pasture:
The flip screen. Some other cameras like the Canon version of this same camera, the Canon SX40 HS 12.1MP Digital Camera has a flip and rotating screen to use. Nifty, but I wasn't impressed by some of the reviews.
However the FujiFilm camera will flip up to 90 degrees like so [this one was edited for an artistic value]:
And you can tilt it to shoot up. I like that feature as I can take shots with the camera literally laying on the ground if I want to.
Example of the flip screen in use:
Note the Gorilla Pod underneath, I was doing a 3 exposure shot of the rocks and let the self timer of 10 seconds open the shutter so that I wouldn't 'shake' it in low light.
You can also see the dial on top of the camera. You have Manual, Aperature, Shutter, Program. EXR allows some more type of shooting, Full Auto, and two Advanced, Sp1, Sp2, Panoramic, and C. C lets you customize the settings. That can be a good feature if you want to set the camera up for a particular kind of shoot.
I'm not going to go through each of the menus as I am still exploring them.
These are the HDR shots I took in this setting in Manual Mode, Fine JPEG, ISO 100, Auto Bracketing Exposure of 1 step. I used Photomatix 3 to put the exposures together.
Video is one touch. I haven't tried the video yet, but expect to do it soon.
I used the continuous mode to 'shoot' my dog ... it takes multiple frames and then you can pick the best one.
This feature doesn't impress me. The time to record data takes way too long. My Olympus E-420 can rapid fire and save much faster. However, I expect I can work with this feature.
The zoom. Well a good zoom lens costs a lot of $. These two shots should speak for themselves.
Lastly...to be able to go from Zoom to macro is a real bonus.
No swapping of lenses.
The processor takes to long in Continous Mode, AEB Mode, and it seems forever to pull data while shooting an AEB series with RAW + JPEG.
That said, I really can learn to be patient. But if I am going to do some real hard action, I'll grab either my Nikon D40 [yes old!] or my Olympus E-420.
All around this camera so far is fun and inspiring.
Not having to lug around extra lenses and being able to take bracketed photos while handheld really makes me a happy person.
HDR from the river with zoom ... hand held. Processed in Photomatix and touched up with Topaz plug-ins.