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Best camera I ever owned
on November 29, 2001
This is a great digital camera. Many digital camera reviews that you'll read will talk about how great digital cameras are <i>in general</i> (which they are), but I can tell you that this is an excellent model. I recently traveled to Russia and Finland, and took this camera alone, and was very pleased.
Compared to other cameras:
+ The size. It's so small, and feels dense and solid in the hand. It'll fit in your pocket (jeans, even), and that's one of the best features of all. This is a camera that you can carry anywhere.
+ The images. They are clear and color balance is good.
+ The battery. It's rechargeable, so pictures are truly free. The charger is small and travels well. Some folks say that it runs out too quickly; I haven't had that problem. Some cameras require AA batteries.
+ The lens cover. It's built in and automatic, so you don't have to fool around.
+ The zoom. It has one (optical), which is good for framing pictures the way you want.
+ The cycle time. This camera will take a picture about once every two seconds, which is plenty. Some cameras have a longer cycle time that borders on inconvenient.
+ The choice of features. This camera has the features that you need. Don't waste money on digital zoom, lame image pre-processing, or sound clips. And forget about the short, jerky movie clips. Just take great photos.
Here are some relatively minor irritations:
- My viewfinder doesn't center on the image. So, I got in the habit of using the LCD display to view the shot.
- The USB port cover is a flimsy piece of rubber.
- You need to hold the 'on' button down for longer than feels necessary.
- To get good color balance, you'll want to set the camera setting for clouds, sun, or indoors, depending on the shot. No joke.
Here are some comments based on other reviews that I read:
o Some people thought that the flash was too weak. I think it's fine.
o Some people said that the camera gets too hot. It does get pretty warm, but it's fine.
o Some people said that the interface was confusing. It's not exactly great, but I think it's acceptable.
o If you're going to throw away your 35mm like me, then you'll probably want to buy a spare battery and definitely at least a 64 MB card (minimum). 64 MB gets you 102 pictures at medium resolution. That's like having three rolls of film, which barely got me through a two-week trip. I found that I took more pictures with this camera than with my 35mm - even though I could delete the bad ones - because it's small, it's fun, and they're free. No more $50 developing charges after each trip.