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67 people found this helpful
on March 28, 2012
Most likely you have already read professional reviews of this item, so I will not repeat the list of features. Here are bits of info that I didn't find in reviews when I was shopping, and had hoped someone would post, along with a few surprises I found:
1- Once you turn off the annoying start up tone, it takes less than a second to be ready, a big plus
2- There is a zoom/focus ring. It is electronic, I would have preferred a mechanical one but it works well. Zoom or focus selectable by a switch
3- The sweep panorama mode works well with the exception of the fact that it has a fixed width. If you don't sweep far enough within the allotted time, e.g. because you don't want too wide a panorama, the rest of the image will be filled with a grey filler. I hope a firmware update will fix this as it looks hideous.
4- Macro photos are not the greatest.
5- Ability to select the mode automatically works well.
6- When powered on, the extending lens struggles if lens cover is still on. Would have been nice if it were removed automatically (too spoiled, I know)
7- The included charger is an in-camera charger. It can power the camera for use and also while connected to a PC. To charge an extra battery, you'll need to buy a separate standalone charger. While connected to a PC, the camera charges the battery through the USB port.
8- Great camera. Amazon and Beach Camera are outstanding.
9- The bundle from Beach Camera is great (Make sure to get the one with the 16GB card)
I like the camera and will definitely keep it for years to come.