Fuji HS10 Vs HS20EXR.
These issues are:
- Unreliable auto focus
- Live view display dimming when focusing
- Fungus in the lens
- Cracks in the lens
- Sticky zoom
- Very poor video output
These are some of the problems associated with the new camera as reported by new users in several forums. When its sister the HS10 came on the market there were a few kinks that needed to be worked out and these were eventually worked out with the updated firmware, which improved the cameras performance quite noticeably. One can only hope that the physical problems eg; scratches etc are sorted in the quality control smartly.
Perhaps of more importance is the over heating problem which seems to be the most prevalent as there are two schools of thought about this. Firstly thats its a software error and that the actual temperature during operation is being mis recorded and secondly thats its a physical problem to do with the amount of energy being drained from the batteries too quickly. If the second condition is indeed whats happening then the only recourse will be to send the camera back for replacement, assuming that Fuji has rethought the issue. As yet Fuji has not acknowledged that there are any major or minor problems with the camera.
This is not surprising as the camera has only been available for a couple of weeks. However the amount of reports of faults given the very small time its been in shops is a very worrisome sign.
While the HS10 did have its teething problems, they were relatively easy to sort out once one updated their firmware. The problems being experienced with the HS20 seem to be on a different scale entirely.
My recommendation would be to wait a couple of months for these issues to be acknowledged and addressed by the Fuji technicians. I really would like to use the HS20 and be able to do a side by side comparison for our readers but at this time that doesn’t seem likely. Stay tuned folks. For those of you who have purchased the HS20 I will direct your attention to the Fuji Talk Forums as its constantly being updated with information for the HS20.