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How long does the battery take to charge up? and how long does it last once it is charged? I'm thinking about buying it for a trip to Europe. Jun 9, 2014
Nikon says that it takes 1 hour and 50 minutes to charge a fully exhausted battery. Now for how long that will last will vary. Using the flash, not using flash, shooting video and so on. I never been to Europe, so I have no idea if the plugs are the same as here in the U.S. but I think that's something you want to find out. I would suggest you get one of those portable charge stations to keep with you when you need. You won't have the luxury of a spare battery with this model. When the battery goes down, you will have to stop shooting and charge the camera. Overall, I think it is a great camera. You will have to pay attention to the "Scene Mode" tho. Setting the scene to match what you are shooting controls the shutter speed. If the scene you are shooting is different than the one you have set the camera for, your pictures will be out of focus. I had to send tech support an email and they explained that to me. I love the camera and the various functions. I suggest you play with it for a while and you will learn to love it too.
Update. This camera does pano a lil different than what I was used to. I was used to snap and then move, snap and then move, snap and then move and then stitch it together. This camera you press and release shutter. Then pan camera. It does the rest automatically. If it shows 'cannot' just redo. If it shows you a very quick preview, the pano worked and you have a pic. What I don't like, sometimes parts of the pic is blank, guess it couldn't quite do the rest. It could also be the exposure latitude is too much. Exposure is right on if it does work. On my old camera where you stitch, the exposure might change and you have different color sky for each block of pic. Also when I picked 360, the pic showed around 280 and the rest was blackened out.
How well does this camera do in low light without a flash? During dusk or inside on an overcast day. Is there a long delay as it tries to focus? Oct 19, 2014
This takes a long time to focus, particularly on macro. While trying to get a shot of the super moon, I missed all of them, indoors using zoom is also slow. Without any zoom, much better. I think the zoom is the real culprit. Still with 16 MP per shot you can crop a photo and still have a sweet pix. I tend to do a lot of cropping in PSP. However, on a recent visit with my grandson, I missed nearly all the good shots as it wouldn't focus, some times while shooting a macro shot for example of a ring I made, it can take 20 tries to get a good shot, or twenty tries just to get it to focus, once focused it takes awesome pix. But those missed ones are a bummer. I tried several other cameras with 20x zooms, that didn't work at all in low light, this may not have a mega zoom, but 12x beats those longer zooms all over the place. In outdoor lighting on a cloudy day it does AWESOME. Hope this helps, I brought home a Canon, other Nikons, a Panasonic Lumix, Sony and Samsung they all were worse than this one. So with limited funds this is what I kept. My brother recently bought a Sony that was another $150.00 more dollars, and he got awesome pix of the super moon. If I had the money I'd shell it out for a more expensive camera, my sister just bought the next up from this with a 20x zoom, we both took pictures of the same subjects, mine were much better than hers. She uses a tripod a lot, I Don't want to use a tripod. It's supposed to be point and shoot. More zoom is bot necessarily better. Just my opinions.
The app that comes from the manufacturer (Nikon Wireless Mobil Utility, or WMU) does not have a "share" feature, so I always put the pictures on the computer first.
Just the screen on the back. There is no look-into viewer.
The camera comes with a charger that plugs directly into the camera so there is no need to remove the battery to charge it. The camera can also be charged by plugging it into a USB port on your computer. I also baught a extra battery for when I was traveling just in case.
The moon the last two nights has been amazing. Does this camera have the clarity to show the details on the moon? Oct 9, 2014
It depends on how steady you keep the camera while taking the pciture. The zoom is good but not good enough to show the moon's surface detail.