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After the lens cover breaking on my Kodak easyshare, I was looking for a straightforward point and shoot digital camera with higher pixels and zoom. While I was happy with the quality of photos this camera could take, I was not at all pleased with the functionality of it. The camera itself is a bit bulky, which may turn some people off. Secondly, the camera takes awhile to power up - which annoyed me right off the bat. Once on, the menus are not very intuitive. There is too much scrolling through multiple menus. I imagine that with practice, it would be easy to navigate, but it certainly isn't straight out of the box. Lastly, and most disappointing for me was the flash situation. The flash didn't fire automatically in auto mode. Instead, there is a message on the screen "Raise the flash" which prompts you to manually raise the flash cover. So, ok, I thought, just keep the flash up at all times. Unfortunately, after firing the flash takes several seconds to charge. This makes it very difficult and frustrating to take consecutive shots that require a flash. With kids, those moments don't always wait for the flash to be ready. While the camera may take nice pictures, it just seems slow and not user-friendly. As much as I was excited to receive this camera, I sadly had to return it in search of a quicker more adaptable replacement.
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Initial post: Dec 5, 2011, 9:15:30 PM PST
Whiskey Bottle says:
Raising the flash proved too much for you to handle? Really?
Posted on Dec 15, 2011, 9:51:55 PM PST
What camera did you replace this one with?
In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 10:31:41 PM PDT
Michael Lauer says:
Joel gets it right. "Mom of 3" wants a $1,000 camera for $200.
Posted on Jul 4, 2012, 4:13:01 PM PDT
K. Frick says:
An annoyance with my old PowerShot A590, as well as older Canon P&S digitals (and I'm sure other brands as well), was how often the camera would flash in auto mode when you didn't want it, e.g. evening landscapes. I'm pretty sure that flash isn't going to help my picture of those mountains 40 miles away! And it will hurt them if it adjusts shutter speed or ISO while thinking the flash is helping. So I am actually eager to try this camera out so I don't have to turn off my flash all the time. This thing is supposed to do well in low light. Did you try ignoring the message and mastering the art of taking indoor pictures without using the flash? Or did you knee-jerk to the 'solution' of using it with the flash up 100% of the time?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012, 11:57:39 AM PST
Not at all. I've owned 100 dollar cameras nicer than this one and more user-friendly. The best camera you have is one that is ready to take the shot right away...
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