- Much improved LCD, usable in bright light.
- Lenshood, a nice addition,
- Thumb grip, another nice addition
- Large range of external function buttons (ala DSLR's)
- Tilting LCD, great for those of us with bad backs.
- Good smooth zoom function
- Improved Lens quality (more on that to come)
- No power switch mis function when turning power off.
- Large access panel for inserting SD cards or attaching video or USB cables.
- Improved hot shoe for external flash ( Fuji propriety flash units)
- RAW image output button now on menu dial
- Improved burst mode and number of shot selection.
- Lenshood is reversible for transportation.
- Much improved shot count when using NH 2600 mh batteries or better. (currently 500 shots and counting from one set)
Not so positive:
- Loss of instant zoom from menu dial ( I used this a lot)
- Poor manual focus ring, difficult to access and use.
- Slightly insecure feel to battery cover (although this doesn't cause problems)
- Lens-cap a little difficult to fit when lenshood attached.
- Plastic tripod screw housing may be problematic if misaligned when mounting to tripod.
- Less than useful electronic viewfinder.
To DSLR owners the feel and heft of the HS20 will be similar to a small DSLR. The same applies to the upgrading HS10 owners ( me included). The fit and finish is good, and there are a few minor things that could be improved although they aren't critical. While I will miss the instant zoom function I'm sure that I will be able to get around that and truth to tell its not a huge issue.
Its always nice to see improvements in new models and the HS20 certainly has that. For those who enjoy a more thoughtful and technical approach to their photography the HS20 is beginning to prove itself a good all-rounder. Its not for the feinted hearted and those who just want to point and click, but as a serious midrange camera it certainly is starting to show its mettle. It feels good in the hand and has a good range of external control buttons to help make rapid shooting changes, and this is what I have liked about the "HS" series of cameras from Fuji from day one.
So for fit & finish and ergonomic layout I think the Fuji scores highly here and gets a four star rating from me. (Five obviously being the best).