Fujifilm have announced their new range of cameras for 2011.
There are some very interesting cameras to be introduced. The new F series cameras look to answer a lot of criticism that have surrounded some of the cameras from 2010.
This also seems to be true of the HS10, with the arrival of the HS20 as its newer brother.
Still 16mp on a small sensor is going to be a big ask. A lot of us will be more than a little interested in the reviews from the likes of dpreview.com as to whether it overcomes some of the issues surrounding the HS10. Only time will tell. My first thoughts are that it may be an improvement over the current model, but is it going to be enough to justify a price tag that here in New Zealand could be be over $1500.00NZ
Assuming a buy price (as per Amazon Full price $599.99 US), factoring exchange rate 25% + 70% markup + 15% GST (sales tax) plus shipping costs of lets say for arguments sake $10.00 US we get a camera at an introductory price of $1478.55. In stores. And if you think I'm joking here is the current price from a major retailer for an HS10 currently on special http://paulscamerashop.co.nz/camerashop.php?sid=581&ref=pricespy
Or from another major retail chain http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/fujifilm-hs10-digital-camera.html
For this sort of money I would want it to do everything that an entry level DSLR can do, but with a fixed manual zoom lens as the HS10 currently has and according to the Fuji the HS20 will have.
If this scenario comes to pass it will be quite some time before I would consider even thinking about an HS20. It is perhaps very wise of Fuji to offer a better range in the bridge camera line, even if we have to give up manual zoom and a few other things to keep us interested.
So we wait with baited breath for our questions (and our prayers?) to be answered.
In the meantime if you havent already seen the site pop over to Fuji here: http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/