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Best point and shoot camera around
on September 26, 2010
I agonized over which high-end point and shoot camera to buy (considering the usual suspects: Canon Powershot, Panasonic Lumix, etc). In the end, because I wanted a camera with some built-in creativity (the miniature mode and the Holga mode sold me), which worked in low lighting (I have been astounded at beautiful photos I get with low light and no flash) and which had an intuitive interface, I went with the unconventional, lesser known Ricoh CX3. I simply couldn't be happier with this camera. The image stabilization, even in low lighting, is great, the scenes easily accessible, fun and functional, the auto setting yielding beautiful pictures, and the more creative scenes (particularly the "miniature" mode) are great. Something to be noted particularly with this camera is that its macro setting is phenomenal; I've taken macro photos of flowers that have left my DSLR friends jealous. To me, the RIcoh CX3 was the highest priced point and shoot camera, but also the one with the features I wanted. It's been worth every penny. I haven't done much HD video recording, but it's nice to have that capability. I think this is the finest point and shoot on the market. It's met my needs for taking everyday, artistic photos of my family, surrounds and pets.
It's not ultracompact, but it fits nicely in a purse or satchel pocket. Barely needed to consult the user manual to figure out the controls.