Top positive review
7 people found this helpful
on January 3, 2010
Truly wonderful camera... I have had it now for 3 weeks, taken well over 800 photos and love this machine!! I highly recommend it!
Pros: It is intuitive to use, great photo quality, good color resolution and feature loaded, battery life is great -I got 3000 mah batteries and have taken over 400 photos on one charge and still had a full charge indication, I especially like the fact that I can use regular AA batteries and not proprietary packs as with other makes , micro SD card was a BIG decision maker for me and it works just fine (I got the 8 meg card), features like panorama, double exposure and fireworks are great, Manual features are good and intuitive to use, I looove the program mode which allows you to tweak some features, Back of camera is uncluttered and buttons are simple to find and use without looking, I mostly use the viewfinder and find its resolution great, some have complained in other reviews that autoflash is a drawback - i personally love that feature since I like to take pix under natural lighting conditions, I do very little filming but what little i have tried, is great, Resolution: i take all my pix at full resolution giving me a chance to edit on my PC as needed, some have complained that the camera has a cheap feel to it - I did not find that to be the case - I tend to strap the camera to my right hand so I can use it when needed, having a heavier camera would be an issue. Anyway, a large lens means more light getting inside hence the size... I was a tad worried about focus sharpness as some reviewers stated - worries were unfounded, pix are perfect. Image stabilization works as advertised but does tend to suffer in low lighting conditions (as to be expected). ISO options up to 6400 is handy but useless - Photos turn out overly grany as to be expected. In good lighting conditions, the camera works as promised, a charm to use. In low lighting read "cons" further down... Night photography (WITH tripod) works very well when ISO is set to 100 to 400. If set to AUTO it tends to go to much higher values and pix turn out grainy. Display works very well even in bright sunshine, portrait features are great. This camera is great, it does not pretend to be a Pro DSLR or anything like it so don't compare it with one
Cons: under low lighting conditions (with no flash use) or extreme zoom, autofocus CAN hunt. Low lighting photos (without flash) are tricky.
Conclusions: I give this camera 5 stars, I would recommend it to anyone, that simple!