Fujifilm has joined Olympus in offering a compact camera with a 30x zoom lens (equivalent to 24-720mm on a 35mm SLR) with the new HS10 bridge camera that claims to offer SLR-like handling.
The HS10 offers a 10-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3-inch tilting LCD and full HD 1080p movie capture with stereo sound (with mini HDMI output) leading to the claim it's a great "all in one" option for prosumers.
With a ton of auto as well as manual options, the HS10 boasts 10 frames-per-second shooting, RAW capture and triple image stabilisation.
One interesting feature of note is the new "Motion Remover Mode" that captures five images of a scene in quick succession, the five images are then analysed and combined in-camera to produce a single image where anything moving in the scene has magically disappeared. "Never before has capturing postcard-quality shots of tourist traps - without the tourists - been so easy", says Fujifilm.
That SLR handling comes in with a large command dial, manual focus ring, twist and zoom lens barrel, electronic viewfinder, tilting LCD screen and deep hand grip.
Pricing and availability has not been revealed for the UK market, although US sources are reporting a March launch for around $500.