37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Very good for the price, but supplied software has issues,
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I bought this to replace an old Cannon which took a dive in a lake and didn't survive. This camera is actually cheaper than the one it replaced, though it has more features. Build quality is quite good. I really like having a viewfinder and using AA rechargeable batteries. If you have ever been stuck with a camera that uses proprietary batteries you will understand. One can always by AA batteries to keep going. Also, I seldom use a much larger camera I have since I find it easier to take along a camera that will fit into a pocket. The 5x Zoom works well, and the pictures come out quite good. I don't like using digital zoom which reduces the pixels used. I was especially pleased with the macro setting... pictures of flowers are quite stunning.
The camera has lots of features, but many are buried in the menus. You really need to read the manual (which is a pdf file on the disc) in order to get the most out of it. ISO and shutter speed settings are all there, once you discover them.
I am an amateur photographer, so I do have a lot of pictures in the My Pictures folder (Using Windows). To my surprise, the Image Express software supplied with the camera told me that I had way too many pictures for it to work. After that message it promptly closes the program. Tried it several times, and I suppose there are work-arounds on this issue. Fortunately, it is redundant software.since Windows immediately recognizes the camera and flawlessly transfers the pictures from the camera to the hard drive. My recommendation is to skip that program during the customized install (the other software seems to work, though I usually use the consumer version of Photoshop.
No, this isn't a massive high end camera and doesn't pretend to be. But, overall, this is a lot of camera for the money. Small enough to carry around and flexible enough to adjust for lighting and circumstances.