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NOT PERFECT BUT TRULY GREAT
on June 11, 2011
As a mechanical engineer I particularly appreciate good design. This camera is loaded with it. It can be used easily as a "point and shoot" camera, or maually by a more experienced photographer.
The 30X OPTICAL zoom lens is spectacular. Sure, it might not be quite up to SLR standards, but the pictures I get while SLR owners are struggling changing lenses make a big difference. I have been taking photos for decades, and virtually any lens with the name Schneider has always been a good one.
Important to me, since I take lots of photos of kids and animals, is the short time between shutter push and the photo being taken. It adapts well to changing situations.
Many cameras have no eyepiece viewer, and in bright sunlight can hardly be used because the viewing screen appears so dim. Not so with this camera. Although the direct view could be of better quality and include a diopter admustment, it is so much better than trying to compose a photo in the bright sunlight using an almost invisible viewing screen.
I love to do available light photography. I have never seen a camera with such great low light ability. Sometimes it is almost as though it had "night vision." I normally set the camera to the "No flash" setting.
I think this camera might be a little too technical for first time users unless they are willing to get to know the camera and its capabilities as they go.
I read a review of a comparable Canon offering, and they criticized the lens for purple fringing -- NOT a problem with my camera.
I still carry a small "point and shoot" camera, but when I get serious about taking photos, I lean on this camera.
This camera seems to have the ability to do just about anything I want it to, including making HD video.
If you take a photo at the wide angle setting (28mm equivalent) and then take one at the highest telephoto setting (840mm equivalent) you will likely be amazed.
I recommend this camera highly.