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Old Jan 14, 2012, 7:16 PM   #11
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My opinion is the HS20 is a good camera and was improved over the HS10 but was never meant to be a sports camera, the lens was just too dark in low light football stadiums and in high school gyms. I still believe that the HS20 is the best non-D-SLR camera I have ever used.

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Old Jan 19, 2012, 3:45 PM   #12
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If money isn't critical, I'd go for the XS-1 because it is the most like a DSLR in terms of control, has the largest sensor, an electronic viewfinder that's as good as found on micro four-thirds cameras and has manual zooming. Many people have a bit of a hard time with Fuji's EXR system because there is a learning curve. But it can deliver in spades.

But if video is your top priority - or of equal importance to stills - I'd be tempted to go for the Panasonic.
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 5:37 AM   #13
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I don't do a great deal of video.

The fund$ will come from selling off other equipment, so that will determine my budget and what camera I focus on. (pun... possibly intended! )

I would go for the X-S1, but the sensor issues and QC issues are mentioned in several threads (here and on other forums). Also, I'm not sure the $799 price tag on a non-dSLR camera is something I'm comfortable with. If I go with a lower priced camera, then I can use the extra $ for accessories, software, etc.

What kind of image stabilization does the Fujis have vs. the Panasonic?
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 8:31 AM   #14
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My own experiences of IS are that Panasonic and Canon are the daddy's....
My SX40HS is excellent- especially given the zoom range...!
I believe the XS-1 has a lens based system,as opposed to the less effective(in my opinion)sensor based stabiliser in the HS10/20- and probably HS30...

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Old Jan 20, 2012, 10:32 AM   #15
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if the hs30 manual zoom is anything like the hs20's i personally would steer clear. i tested one before i bought the fz100 last year and found the manual tumbler zoom very juddery, it almost jumps along the length of the lens and is quite off putting. this has been memtioned also in several write-ups, and is one of the reasons i opted for the panasonic. low light on the fz100 is a slight issue but ive heard glowing reports on the fz150, and this issue was fixed. the zoom motor is also ver quiet. so if video is something you do even if only from time to time, i would not go with the fujifilm. only reason i went for the 100 over the 150 was money, the price for the 100 dropped to 270 uk, when they released tho 150. no regrets though, i love the panasonic and it also takes conversion lenses which would be useful if you ever want to extend the uses for your camera.

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I just hope Panasonic isn't going to release something new ** RIGHT AFTER ** I purchase the 150.
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 12:25 PM   #17
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P4C.... FZ-200....?? Lol
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Don't laugh! It could happen.

The FZ100 came out (or was announced) around December 2010, correct?

The FZ150 came out (or was announced) around August 2011, correct?

So, the next FZ camera could be right around the corner!
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If this proves to be the case- it should be one heck of a camera...!
Perhaps they've got a "manual" zoom planned...!
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