Purple fringing - camera killer
Was an acual camera tested for this review, or at least only used indoors? There's no mention of this model's notorious purple fringing that doesn't just put blue/purple/red edges around sharply contrasting corners, it casts a possitively purple haze over some parts of an image, such as ripply water reflecting the sun. (technically it's not actual purple fringing, it's a similar effect caused by the cheap glass causing red, green and blue light to focus at differnet points from the back of the lens, with blue being really quite blurry, red being slightly blurry and green being in focus - search the web for full details)
This would have been an absolutely wonderful camera but its lens is a complete deal breaker. Also the price was just too high when you consider how SLR prices have been tumbling. It came out costing £200 less than a Canon 450D and less than a year later it's still £400 in most high street shops while the 450D has fallen to £380 after cashback.
When you then consider that since both cameras launched, the brilliant Canon 1000D has appeared and is today available from John Lewis for £269 with an IS kit lens after cashback, what kind of a fule would buy the Fuji? If its price had fallen in proportion to the Canons, it would be half its current price by now.
I know the Fuji does more on paper, but when you consider its image quality, bulk and limitations, it's just not worth it. If you're on a budget, spend that £400 on a Nikon D40 or Canon 1000D and use the money you saved on a cheap third-party zoom. The only thing you'll be missing then is movie mode, which is reportedly heading for next year's 450D sucessor, but you can barter for a better cameraphone next time your contract is up, innit.