Top critical review
10 people found this helpful
on November 26, 2010
I'm feeling a bit confused after reading so many glowing reviews of this camera when I've had it for over 6 months and have been very disappointed with it. Probably 1 of every dozen or so photos I take, turns out blurry for no reason I can find. Its zoom is unimpressive, and its ability to take close-up shots is shoddy at best. Also, contrary to a few reviews I've read on Amazon, I've found that it takes very poor quality photos in low light: Either the detail can't be seen for the darkness, or everything is blurred. The image captured is much, much darker than what I actually see around me while taking a photo. It also performs quite poorly for motion or action shots.
That said, there are some good features on this camera. The lens cover that turns the camera on or off is very convenient and protects the lens. The HD video quality is excellent, but you can't zoom in or out while shooting and the video format is automatically saved in QuickTime, which is a bit of a minor con for me personally, but may not be so for everyone. It is a touch screen, which is great, and it has a quick-menu option so you can change certain features without having to scroll through every possible option.
If you just want a basic point-and-shoot camera and don't need a high zoom quality or clarity in low-light or moving scenes, then you can pretty much disregard my negatives. This camera takes wonderful still shots *almost* every time. However, if you want to get the most out of every feature on a digital camera, you should definitely look elsewhere. I am trading this in for a Canon; I never should have strayed from their line.