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Hidden costs due to lack of OIS...
on February 1, 2014
Could somebody please explain why no one has complained to any of the major camera manufacturers (this one included) about their lack of an image stabilizing lens with these mirrorless cameras?
Here's the issue: I have been looking for a great mirrorless camera as a backup for my Canon t3i, so I went off of the reviews for this product and pulled the trigger. The camera is actually very functional--lots of image options in both manual and automatic shooting. The problem is, these functions do NO GOOD when the images are blurry! Images that look clear on the display are anything but clear when you zoom in, even marginally. No matter what function I shoot in (even the basic modes like sport, portrait and macro) the image comes out blurry. Why haven't I read about this? In fact, why doesn't Samsung offer to replace my lens with one of the OIS lens for free? Why? Because they have these fantastic options for the customer to pay an additional $186 for an OIS-equipped 18-55mm lens. This is crap. It should be stated outright that the lens system offers ZERO stabilization in this package. Why is this lens even an option???
I don't consider myself shaky by nature, and everything I try with this camera fails to produce a clear, crisp image. And no, I have never had issues with clarity from past camera systems. My sole purpose of this review is trying to help future prospective buyers to either purchase the camera body (which has great features) with the OIS lens at the onset, or just buy a higher grade DSLR and save yourself the hassle.