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Old May 19, 2010, 11:34 PM   #1
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Default Fuji H10 My Thoughts

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After using the camera for few weeks now and having taken over 4,500 photos here are my random thoughts on the camera

- The camera needs its menu reset when you get it out of the box

- The camera needs the firmware update

- Make sure to set correct type of batteries you are using

- When red battery low waring light comes on you can get new batteries ready but you usually have at least 70 more shots. When the camera starts to shut off after 30 seconds and you return it on take another shot and it turns off 30 seconds later replace the batteries after 4 or 5 of these the camera will not restar

- Fully charged NiMH batteries last long (more shots) than do eneloops. 2700NiMH batteries are the best for the camera in my opinion

- Using silent mode will disable use of flash so when you have flash issues turn silent mode to OFF.

- No speed difference in using class 6 microSDHC in adapter vs Class 6 SDHC

- Class 6 card is best for camera in shooting bursts etc. I am not doing much video so I didn't really test that, but for my needs a class 6 is a must since I shoot fast and sometimes even in bursts..... ,any just need to shoot fast shot to shot

- I use my camera as a working camera to take pictures related to fire rescue and also for a local newspaper not the kind of pictures you can plan or pose most of the time, when they happen I have to be able to react and capture wuickly

- I have found the P mode on the camera to be the best when I am working on getting images for the newspaper. I didn't find sports mode useful at all when I was doing tennis images last month -- I found using 3 shot per second burst mode in P Mode to be the best, sports was useless and the higher bursts gave me less time to capture action with 3 shots per second I got 3 seconds worth of action to choose from not a second.

- I DO WISH this camera had a 2 frame per second burst for 10 seconds

- THE BIGGEST MISTAKE that Fuji made with this camera is not that their is no printed manual.... that is small compared to the fact they couldn't get us a usable lens hood/shade.

- I have tested a 2GB micro SDHC, 8GB micro SDHC and 16GB SDHC and each card is equally speedy I don't find the larger cards to be any slower at all. With a 16GB card I can get over 3,100 images if need be.

- To get the best images out of the camera you do have to khow how to use the camera; you should not set it on auto, you should play with it and experiment. It is an advance camera and made for those who are work professionals or advanced amateurs. I bet most people who return the camera soon after getting are not playing with and expect miracles from this camera. It is a great camera but only when you know how to use to make great images.

- Panorama mode I find it to be difficult to always get it to start when I want it to, sometimes have to reset it once or more.... when I do get an image I find that it is smaller than the normal panoramas I could make by taking 4 shots and joining them in Photo Shop Elements 7.0

- When I do my own panoramas 4 shots in a row to stitch together I use the AE lock and hold it down from first to last frame. I find the shots are very very well blended together more so than I got with Sony A200. Looks like a true panorama almost like you shot in a single frame with very wide lens

- One last tip setting the ISO to auto 800 is working really well for me in daylight, indoor courtroom, courthouse and semi well lite building rooms. For poorer light and night shots set ISO auto1600 and use flash when needed at night........

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Old May 20, 2010, 4:32 AM   #2
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For me, it is an interesting feedback on HS10's performance...
I'm closer to decide buying one, and this kind of summary is helpful.

How do you feel build quality?

A few weeks ago, my shortlist was HS10, FZ35, LX3 and G11.

Rigth now, the winner is HS10, wating until panasonic announces the new Models launching this summer...will FZ35's replacement suit a CMOS sensor? how will be the new LX3 compared to G11?

For me, long zoom is not a must...but my wife likes using it, and likes HS10's manual zoom rings!
(I do feel more comfortable with HS10 size...feels more "handling")

Thanks again for your opinion!
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manual zoom and tiltable display is a "must have" :-)

PS: HS10's IQ = 1a !
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how do you feel the tiltable display? do you feel it "solid"? or the articulated arm feels to be broken easily?
That is one of my worst feelings with that kind of displays
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how do you feel the tiltable display? do you feel it "solid"? or the articulated arm feels to be broken easily?
That is one of my worst feelings with that kind of displays
The LCD is not fully articulated. It is tiltable -- up or down. It doesn't swing out.
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For me, it is an interesting feedback on HS10's performance...
I'm closer to decide buying one, and this kind of summary is helpful.

How do you feel build quality?

A few weeks ago, my shortlist was HS10, FZ35, LX3 and G11.

Rigth now, the winner is HS10, wating until panasonic announces the new Models launching this summer...will FZ35's replacement suit a CMOS sensor? how will be the new LX3 compared to G11?

For me, long zoom is not a must...but my wife likes using it, and likes HS10's manual zoom rings!
(I do feel more comfortable with HS10 size...feels more "handling")

Thanks again for your opinion!
I don't know why I'm expecting the CMOS sensor...it is expected to be less expensive than a CCD but that doesn't mean the camera will be cheaper...

As I as I have read, there are no IQ advantages (and most, ccd has better IQ?), power consumption of the sensor is not the main power demand source on a camera...so, without being a specialist, I see the high speed capability the only advantage of CMOS...

Am I right?
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Thanks, Dave. Very helpful. I have passed your info on to a couple of my friends.
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The LCD is not fully articulated. It is tiltable -- up or down. It doesn't swing out.
Yes...perhaps I didn't use the right words...but...the tiltling system...feels as a strong one?
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Yes...perhaps I didn't use the right words...but...the tiltling system...feels as a strong one?
Feels fine to me.
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How do you feel build quality?

very good, easy to hold for long time
Its a great camera
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