Examining The Competition.
Well yes and no. It all depends on what you want or can forego if contemplating an alternative to let us say the HS30. The HS30 is by no means a bad camera, it just doesn’t have a great deal to offer in the way of improvements over its predecessor the HS20. The new improvements are nice but if you are looking for a bargain then the HS20 is a definite buy.
- Weight – the HS series has a nice small DSLR like form factor and weight with good balance and a very good grip.
- Articulated LCD screen (Olympus)
- Reduced LCD resolution.
- Full manual control including full manual focusing ring (Ala DSLR)*
- Fully manual Zoom Lens*
- EXR shooting & Jpeg technology*
- AA Batteries, something I find indespensible when traveling, especially lithium AA’s at 1000 shots or better*(HS20 only). The Nikon’s estimated amount of shots on the standard battery is appalling when matched against the others.
- Std 58mm screw threaded lens, good for ND filters and polarizes.
- Large number of external controls (buttons) this is unique to the HS series and the XS-1.*