This has been covered to death, so a few brief comments on my personal experience. I bought this to use as a point-&-shoot, and did not expect to get more than I paid for, but was pleasantly surprised.
1 - extremely easy to set up and use. Charge the battery, install a media card, and turn it on.
2 - Battery / memory card door is pretty cheesy.
3 - takes good pictures. pics have good color and brightness, need little to no post-processing.
4 - low light pictures are -really- good (for low-light pictures), waay better than I expected. Bravo twilight mode.
5 - panorama mode works well and is priceless if you do much shooting in tight quarters, or of large groups - however, no zoom. Wide-angle only, which maximizes cylindrical distortion. I still love it.
6 - I do mostly stills and had little interest in movie mode. Very much appreciated saving $100+ from the HX5V.
7 - Works as advertised. If this is what you want, buy with confidence. .
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