"Cnet criticisms are valid"2.0 starson by mcm10
Pros: Feature set
good build quality/feel
Cons: inconsistent image quality
inconsistent battery life
mechanical quality and durability
Summary: I bought the S2000HD when it first came out because it had so many features for the money; I had been using a Panasonic FZ5 super zoom bridge type camera, 5 MP. Because of its age ( 5yrs) and that it had developed a fuzzy spot on the lens (internal) I thought I'd upgrade to a similar but newer camera with more bells and whistles. Mistake to go with this Fuji.
The fuji is capable of taking some quite high quality photos, but only in bright light and at moderate zoom ranges. Edge Distortion at the wide end and focus problems at the tele end limit the usefulness of the zoom lens. I have had times when the lens just could not focus sharply on a distant subjet when zoomed all the way and had to take it back wider to get a sharp photo. Noise is bad except in ideal conditions.
The HD movie is a disappointment also as the focusing hunts back and forth with moving subjects, leaving you with seconds of blurriness here and there.
The LCD is of low quality, images not sharp and odd purple lines appearing on it in certain lighting situations (they appear on the screen, but not in the photos, thankfully). Fuji documentation says this is normal. (!)
Final frustration was that the LCD screen died after shooting in a light rain, less than 6 months after purchase. Never had a failure of this magnitude in any digicam before, even after 5 years. My panasonic has received much more rugged use and never let me down. Also, the battery compartment door has weakened over time and will pop open from the weight of the 4 AA batteries, unless I secure it with a piece of tape!
Bottom line from my experience, if you want a super zoom 'bridge' camera like this, look at Panasonic -- current model is the FZ35. Even my 5 year old, 5mp FZ5 beats the S2000HD on image quality!!