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Good photos, so-so video, caused Mac problems
on April 13, 2013
Overall I like this camera. I read other reviews which implied that the construction is flimsly, but I disagree. The camera is compact but solid, and is a good value.
Photograph quality was quite good; I have a few Canon point & shoot cameras (and my wife has a Nikon), and this one matches those for image quality. It also is a bit more automatic than most that I've used before; it chooses modes like landscape, portrait, macro, and night shot automatically based on focal distance and lighting. That was a pleasant surprise.
There were two problems, however. The first (which is minor) is that the camera uses micro-SD cards, and does not ship with one. It may be a worthwhile trade-off to use the smaller cards (smaller camera), but the cards are difficult to install and remove due to both their size, and their propensity to go in "crooked". On a related plus, the camera does seem to have a small amount of on-board memory, but that seemed enough for just a few snapshots.
The more significant problem I had was related to the camera's videos and the Mac OS X environment. I'm using a brand new iMac with the latest OS, and every time I connected the camera (or inserted the card into the Mac) with any video on it, my two media-related Mac OS apps (iMovie and Aperture) would hang. This only happened when the camera/card contained video. Additionally, the video quality was not quite up to par (somewhat jumpy).
I used the camera under water without any problems. It's a nice feature that also allows you to not worry so much when carrying your camera around on vacation and around water. Overall--a good point & shoot, and if I were able to resolve the Mac integration issues I'd have rated this four stars.