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Pretty amazing features and value
on September 2, 2008
It's unbelievable that you can now get a 10 Megapixel camera with 12x optical zoom for just over $200. Some surprising features include:
- the ability to do in-camera panoramas. The camera helps you position the 2nd and 3rd shots to match up correctly, but even when I do it hand-held, the result is amazingly seamless.
- exposure bracketing with several choices up to -1 to +1 EV.
- several white balance modes, and of course you can preview what the WB will look like before you take the shot.
WHAT I LIKE:
- small, lightweight (smallest of the super-zooms, from what I've read)
- ranges from a simple point & shoot to a versatile, customizable camera.
- Anything you need to learn about photography before you progress to DSLRs can be learned on this camera (manual exposure, aperture priority, white balance, etc.)
- rich colors in Chroma mode, over-saturated but OK.
- you can pre-set any of several custom modes in an easily accessible way.
- Surprisingly low noise results at ISO 64. Personally I would avoid anything over 100, so it's best in bright light or with flash.
- I never have to change a lens or worry about dust on the sensor chip.
- Fun and easy to use, with lots of features to play with.
- The in-camera 3-photo panorama stitching is impressive.
- For about 1/2 the price, I get twice the camera I could 3 years ago. - A great value.
- you can review your shot with histogram exposure information, if you like.
WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
- It has even more shutter lag than my old Fujifilm S5100 from 2005. You generally get the moment AFTER the moment you were trying to capture.
- very noisy and high color fringing at higher ISOs.