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Perfect Fit for the Amateur Photographer!
on April 27, 2006
I wanted a digital camera for years, but kept myself restrained to a budget until I saw this on sale and decided to order it. I've had it for over a month now and I love it. Know how you buy a new toy and you're really excited about it until it finally comes in and then you kind of forget about it? I'm still really stoked about having it because it's just that fun to use. Owning it actually inspired me to learn a lot about how to take pictures properly.
-Small and stylish will be sure to turn heads
-Strong metal body so that it won't break should you hit it against a wall or drop it
-EASILY fits into your pocket
-The 2.5" screen is gorgeous and the size is just right (it can get super bright should you need it to)
-Software couldn't be easier to use (it'll even rotate your pictures that are vertical automatically in the browser, and you can set it to save these rotations)
-The gimmicky extra modes are super cool (color accent to make everything b&w except for one color, color swap, positive film, etc)
-Surprisingly little noise at ISO 100 and ISO 200 (at least in the instances where I've used them)
-Very simplistic navigation on the camera with very few buttons to confuse you and nice little pictures on them
-The panoramic picture mode makes taking wide shots really easy
-It can go pretty fast, which means that you won't miss the moment you really want to capture (especially if you hold down the shutter button halfway to focus it ahead of time)
-It comes with an A/V cable right in the box, which is better than what most cameras tend to provide, and the slideshows that are built-in for you to show family and friends is real nifty
-Pretty much perfect for the point-and-shoot photographer who wants something ultra portable
-When you rotate the camera in playback, it'll rotate your picture view as well!
-Flash is too obvious on the picture if the object is too close to you
-Unbelievably sharp photos with very little fringing, particularly in natural light and outdoor environments
-Could use some more manual controls (I wish I could control the shutterspeed)
-There is no battery life indicator until you only have a few exposures left on the battery, though it's supposed to last 150 exposures (I haven't counted, but that sounds about right)
-Red eye, which is a problem and each and every ultracompact digital camera out there
-Movie mode sometimes a little grainy
False Cons (where I disagree with others)
-It's really not that bad for night shots if you know what you're doing as I've taken several good ones at a night concert I went to; you may not want to use the night snapshot mode, but if you go into manual and fiddle with the exposure value and up the ISO you can get pretty decent brightness out of it
-Manual settings are pretty easy to use and discern since they all appear right on the screen without having to scroll around
-Movie files actually do compress rather well
-It's pretty good for moving photos if you just hold the shutter button halfway since then it'll go faster and it'll tell you if you're shaking (you can also hold it closer to your body to reduce that, or just get a portable tripod)
-That guy who complained it's too slow just didn't read the manual because obviously he didn't hold down the shutter all the way, I've almost always had extremely fast captures
I would recommend getting at least 512 MB memory card. I delete pictures off of mine when I don't care much for them later on and just keep the stuff I'm willing to show other people, and I still haven't reached the limit of my 512 MB memory card's memory. You should definitely get a case for it, I got the PSC-90 and I think it's great (only protects the camera though, no extra storage, but very stylish). DEFINITELY buy a screen protector for the LCD, and don't cheap out on it because the screen is pretty sensitive and a scratch on it would likely pain you to see. You may want to invest in an extra battery pack as well, though I haven't.
In sum: not perfect, but after doing some research, I stick by this being the best ultracompact on the market, and perfect for point-and-shoot amateur photographers like myself. I'd give it 5 stars, but I have a few cons that I'd feel guilty to let go of and give it 5 stars. I'd prefer 4.5 stars, but oh well.