a new Fuji Finepix HS10 last night. It is easy to understand why I married this woman.
We picked up the camera for $15,900 at one of the shops in NOVA in Taichung. I'd been thinking about a Canon Powershot SX10 IS for a while since my Powershot is slowly falling apart but the zoom wasn't quite big enough for me to go out and pick up a new camera, among other issues. Not when there was bike stuff to buy! But as soon as I wrapped my hands around that Fuji's big lens I was in love.
an S5000, was the excellent macro capabilities. My current Canon S5 IS also takes great macro shots. Here is a carrot at super macro with the new Fuji.
The camera shoots in RAW and in a variety of image sizes. ISO ranges from 100-6400, and Fuji's high ISO processing appears to have less noise than the Canon's. The macro is easier to use than the Canon's, but the other functions are often less efficiently arranged -- the Powershot's functions are all easily accessible, one of the things I really love about that camera. The Fuji powers up instantly when you turn it on so it is ready when you are. A nifty feature is that when you bring it up to your eye to peer through the viewfinder, it senses the closeness of your face and automatically switches from the LCD to the viewfinder. Overall image sharpness and quality seems excellent but my impression at present is that it is slightly inferior to the Canon Powershot's when you zoom into a photo, a consequence of Fuji's JPG compression routines, I think. In any case shooting on RAW addresses that problem (on RAW my 16G SD card takes about 1000 pictures).
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