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Nice camera but surprisingly fragile
on December 27, 2011
We bought this camera to replace my wife's older Olympus camera that stopped working after a hard drop (understandable). After playing around with this camera for a little while, I began to understand and like the multiple features. There are more features available than most folks will use but they aren't in the way of casual use of the camera, meaning, you can do some pretty neat things if you take the time to learn about the features but it works like a simple point and click camera otherwise.
With the default settings (simply turning the camera on), it works well with one issue. It takes the camera 2-3 seconds to focus which makes it difficult to take spontaneous photos and causes posed subjects to become impatient while waiting for the photographer to snap the picture. This is somewhat alleviated by pressing the shutter button partially (which activates the auto-focus feature) but this isn't as easy as you might expect. I've attempted to explain/demonstrate/teach three users but they were unable to grasp the concept. So, this may be an issue for others.
Finally, the main reason I'm taking the time to write this review is the fragility of this camera. As stated above, our old camera stopped working after dropping it. In that case, it was understandable as the camera dropped ~5 feet and landed on a hard floor. However, the new camera was bumped by my dog's tail from a height of 2 feet or less and fell off the coffee table onto the rug below. The camera appeared fine at first glance and it wasn't until last week that we noticed that the display screen had a spider-web crack which caused half of it to become non-viewable. We attempted to use the camera anyway (Christmas was here) but it eventually spread through the rest of the screen. Granted, a camera should be handled with care but this seems a bit unusual. Even the old camera's screen was still fine after a much more severe drop (and several drops throughout its life).
So, final verdict - great camera but handle with care.