I've been in the market for a new compact camera for quite a while now, and having read several reviews, I took the plunge on the Fujifilm X20. It was a great decision.
Since taking up photography, I've struggled to re-adapt to consumer cameras. I often struggle with automatic models, and regularly found myself getting frustrated at not being able to adjust settings as I'd wish. Ideally, I wanted something that gave me similar flexibility to my SLRs, but smaller. And cheaper.
This 12 megapixel, retro-styled compact has a 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS sensor, and an equivalent zoom of 28mm - 112mm. Most importantly, it has also packs a lot of the features I'm used to with my Canon SLRs, including shooting in RAW format.
As is the norm with these things, I decided to give it a trial run with my favourite test subject - my dog:
In all honesty, I was amazed with the ease of use of the camera, and the quality of images. I was a little nervous when I bought it that it may only be suitable for holiday snaps, but having played around with it a bit I'm sure it'll come in handy when an SLR isn't practical. Watch this space...