After years of owning various Nikon "pro-sumer" SLR's, backed up by a high spec. Compact, I've finally come to the conclusion that I am getting fed up with lugging around heavy, bulky cameras and lenses. In fact in recent years 85% of my images were captured on a Fuji X-20 which quite frankly, is capable of all that I personally need. However, to justify to myself, the disposal of my SLR kit, I decided to treat myself to the latest X-30, and for those considering such a move, I would make the following observations: Like the X-20, the X-30 is beautifully made (but now in China), and contrary to some postings, is easy and a pleasure to use. For those considering such a camera, the AP revue covers most things, including image quality etc. but there are a couple of quite important observations missing. Firstly, this camera is supplied with a pathetic apology for a handbook. It comprises 50 odd pages as opposed to 151 with the X-20, and I honestly feel that someone new to these cameras would certainly need to refer to the X-20 version in order to fully acquaint themselves. Much is written about the improved viewfinder and rear monitor, but I didn't find the X-20 lacking in that respect. What I can't find on the X-30 is the option of a grid on the rear screen to aid composition. Nor can you revue and check your images immediately after caption without having to press the replay button. Finally, having given up my SLR, I decided to treat myself to the very expensive lens hood and clear protective filter. From the sketchy information available, I assumed that this bit of kit would allow me to add further circular polarising and ND filters. The camera lens has a 40mm thread, and from what I established, the hood had a larger thread stated as 52mm, which would allow a variety of third party circular filters to be attached. This is not so! There does appear to be a very small amount of thread within the hood, but try as i will, I cannot get my 52mm CP filter to attach to it. Having forked out nearly £80 for this disappointing accessory, I am now trying to source a 40mm step-up ring to allow other filters to be utilised. In conclusion, I feel that a company of Fuji's reputation could provide better information than they do for this camera. For those considering buying one, I would still say that it is a first class, quality camera that in most cases does all that my SLR's have done, without the hassle of lugging one about. After all, the best camera is still the one you have with you, and in recent years that has been my old Fuji X-20.