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Great Value & Easy to Use, But Very Bad Nighttime Photos,
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This review is from: Olympus VG-160 14MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Black) (Old Model) (Electronics)
I was replacing an old Kodak Easyshare, so at $80, this camera seemed like a steal. It's easy to setup, offers 720HD video with sound (and it's good quality), but it can't take a night picture (such as a cityscape) to save it's life. I've tried every setting in both manual and automatic modes, and you have to take 5 or 6 photo's to possibly get 1 good one that is clear. For photo's in light, no problem! The image in your nice size LCD for night photo's is the one I desire, but never the one I get. Battery life is very good, including when you use video. The video feature is easy to use, BUT, you must zoom in or out BEFORE you start the video recording. Once recording, you cannot zoom. It is a great deal, but if I had to do it all over again I would make sure the camera could take night pictures, and that the video featured zoom while recording. Again, great deal, easy to use, but 1 or 2 major flaws. Simply because of the inability to take a good night shot, I would not recommend to a friend to get one.
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Initial post: Feb 3, 2013 8:29:36 AM PST
D. Curtis says:
In reading many reviews, I cannot recall any inexpensive point and shoot (and "inexpensive" is an understatement for the VG-160) that takes good night time photos. $80 (now $69.00) doesn't buy a good phone let alone a digital camera that takes good low light images, except maybe decent daylight ones. I find the expectations some have of cheaply priced camera to be unrealistic. If you have experience with one that takes good night time photos, I would sincerely like to hear about it as I just might buy it!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013 9:03:39 PM PDT
Ralph O. Muir says:
Agreed.....I can guarantee you that there are NO point and shoot cameras (from any manufacturer) that take night time shots outside of close subjects with a flash (like portraits of friends at the same table as you in a restaurant). Like the saying goes: "You get what you pay for" and this is true with this type of camera. Though I have been blown away by an early predecessor of this camera in that it has soooo many manual settings in it (which is good for real or the moderately experienced photographers). People seem to think auto is always best; that is so far from the truth that it's not even funny. The more manual settings you have, the better the camera adapts to more situations.
Posted on Jan 21, 2014 12:49:22 AM PST
L. Velev says:
To take a night picture you have to use a tripod or be able to hold the camera steady for few seconds with your hand. I often use some flat surface as a base (even a pole will do the job) and hold the camera firmly to it so there is absolutely no movement during the shot.
In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 2:27:25 PM PDT
The Flip camera did damn good at night shots for the price.
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