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5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon L810, May 31, 2012
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A great camera. Sort of midway between a point and shoot and a standard SLR but much much lighter in weight. I was able, while sitting at a ballgame, to get closeups of players in action. Even caught a ball in motion once. A tripod allowed me to shoot Venus clearly. I have another Coolpix and understand the focusing. This is light, easy to hold, the controls are so much easier than my older Coolpix, and the shots are just great. I've had a great time playing with it. It's not a simple point and shoot however, you have to know something about cameras or take the time to really learn how this one works.
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Initial post: Jul 20, 2012 10:16:25 PM PDT
I would appreciate the specifics on learning how to use it. This is the second review that mentions playing and experimenting with it. Is it a parallel motion of the camera with the object? Or may be angles of perspective on the moving objects? Both? What exactly you would suggest about "learning" or "experimenting" with it. I am not familiar with the lingo here. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 8:47:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 8:48:50 AM PDT
Part of what I mean is get the feel of the camera's automatic focus ability and what it does in the various photo modes. In other words, aim the camera, slightly depress the button to take the photo, listen for the beep that says the focus is fixed, then continue pressing down as the shutter clicks. Then look at the saved photo by clicking the photo review button and see if you like what happened. Stay in the same spot and try the shot again without taking the time to depress the button for focus and see what it looks like. Then change your photo mode to, say, outdoor lighting or portrait, and take the same photo and see how it looks different. The key is to try all the settings/modes, follow the directions and prompts/helps in the online manual for the camera, and then see what kind of a photo you have. The only way to learn is to experiment (playing with the camera meaning trying things/experimenting) and see what the photos look like when you do.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 5:08:14 PM PDT
Thank you very much for the details. I never heard of holding the shutter before the complete depress. That is a good piece of advice on "playing and experimenting". Thanks. I will try to play with the modes too. Just purchased the camera. Will try and see.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2012 1:03:08 PM PDT
You've very welcome. You'll get the feel.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 2:24:35 PM PDT
Machine says:
thank you! I was given this camera and was thinking that it sucked. I would sometimes get decent pictures, but now I realize that I just haven't put in any time in learning how to use it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2012 4:08:37 PM PDT
You're welcome. Practice with the automatic focusing will help and so will practice with the different modes. For example, I took the same shot using different modes to see how that changed the picture. It may take some time getting used to - I'm still working with mine, too - but I think you'll find the time spent is well worth the photos you'll take. Have fun!
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