on June 22, 2009
First and foremost just the fact that you can get a camera for under $300 that will take 1000FPS video is enough to buy this camera. Find me anywhere where you can get this type of performance in a camera in the $300 price range, I think you will find that it is impossible. I just don't believe that the naysayers understand the kind of incredible performance this camera is capable of. This is a one of a kind camera that is at a price that is unheard of.
Having said that, the quality of the video is OK, but again what do you expect for $300, c'mon. It is a steal at this price, and the video is useable and not meant for high quality video, it is a fun way to experiment with super slo-mo. I have found that this camera is everything I had hoped for, it take adequate still photos, and has 1000FPS capabilities, unheard of in a camera in this price range. I have read for this price we expected............, a Point & shoot camera is designed to take all the thinking out of picture taking and leave the decisions in the hands of the camera. They are not for the thinking photographer, they are for a novice who may not have a grasp on basic photography. Sorry but it is true. You want control over your photos, pony up at least $900 and get a quality consumer grade DSLR, then you can have some say in how your photos come out. No RAW ability, OK, no control, no shutter, aperture, or manual controls, no control. small CMOS sensor = NOISE, too many pixels jammed into too small of a space, sorry, you are not going to get high quality photos. You will get usuable photos up to 8 X 10, good precieved sharpness there. Pro quality, no, too much noise, snapshot quality, yes very good for that type of shooting.
Having been a photographer for 25 years I have spent over $25,000 on photo equipment, this is my first Point & Shoot, why? Because it will do 1000FPS, that is amazing, and I will use it to create some fun family videos, quality is good enough to create fun useable video for your family slide shows. I will carry this with me all the time and shoot anything that looks like it will be interesting, there are so many possibilities with this camera you should only be limited by your creative abilities. Do a search on-line and see what people are doing with this camera, you will find some seasoned photographers now have a tool that was before out of reach. You now have an ability with this camera that was reserved for professional videographers who could fork out many $$$$$. You can get it for around $300, I love it 5+ Stars, and for the price I will get a second, for some really interesting video shooting. Don't let some talk you out of a capable camera, you will not find a more affordable capable camera anywhere. Casio really hit a homerun with one, Casio is a reputable company who has been is business for many years, they wanted to come up with a camera that the consumer could have that gave them abilities that were only for the photographers who had lots of dollars to spend on equipment, you now have that ability. Sorry, but high speed video is not a gimmick, it is used everyday in film making by those who have way more abilities than most of us. Get the camera you will like it, if you don't I'll take it off your hands cheap.