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Acousti AcoustiFeet Anti-vibration Case Feet Medium : ACF3007-25B
Acousti AcoustiFeet Anti-vibration Case Feet Medium : ACF3007-25B
Offered by PCArena
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet effective anti vibration solution and not just for computers, 24 Oct 2014
I've used quite a few sets of these AcoustiFeet silicone anti vibration pads.
Mostly for computers, but they can also work wonders on other items such as consoles or DVD players in fact any item that you want to dampen noises from or provide a good non marking grip. I've used a few on speakers too and they work very well.

For PC's my suggestion is to note the max load recommended by the maker, I usually order very soft or soft, the harder feet are really for very heavy computers or other items.
Very soft is rated for a max optimal load of 8 kg (that covers most normal desktops easily) if you want to veer on the side of caution then go for the "soft" type which go up to 14 kg and they medium here is up to 22KG (better suited to speakers at this weight) All work very well remember that the "optimal load" is the one with the headline weight they'll work fine with a bit more load.

The pack comes pre cut out simply pop them off the back and away you go, I've found the adhesive to be durable and not had any problems over time with the many packs I've used. In terms of pc silencing sadly quite a few cases have hard plastic feet and if you have your case in a desk section as I do any vibrations can get magnified and transmitted through the case. These work just great cutting down vibrations significantly; there are cheaper offerings around, but I've never had a problem using these. Recommended for quiet pc fans and for around the house.


Vida IT vBud Bluetooth Speaker For BlackBerry Curve 9320 MOBILE PHONE - Connect Wireless or with Audio Cable - Stereo Music and Phone Audio
Vida IT vBud Bluetooth Speaker For BlackBerry Curve 9320 MOBILE PHONE - Connect Wireless or with Audio Cable - Stereo Music and Phone Audio
Offered by MemoryCardsIE
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Compact but well made Bluetooth speaker, 24 Oct 2014
Note: The supplier sent me a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal
view

This speaker came as a bit of a surprise taking it out of the box firstly the unit is very solid with a machine brushed aluminium finish on the top part this has a nice thick depth to it. Unusually you also get a rather long 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable (the flat type with gold connectors) it's about 1.2 metres in length which is much longer than most and very welcomed.

In the box is a micro USB cable to charge the unit and there is a "rubber mat" which has a glossy and matt side, on the underside of the speaker you peel off the protective layer and there is grippy surface on the underside of the speaker (this isn't sticky or adhesive but grips to the supplied mat) A neat touch and it also seems to beef up the bass response too when mounted on the mat.

Controls are very simple the phone icon controls the blue-tooth functionality receiving/ending/redial calls, press and hold this in for 7-8 seconds to pair up the speaker. Pairing worked well with a good range (about 8 metres if not a bit more with a wall in the way too) I played the speaker all day and it lasted over 9 hours and still had more to give so the endurance isn't in question. It also has a built in microphone for calls this worked fine no problems to report here.

**Sound Quality**

Using Blue-tooth the sound was good with a decent frequency spread and a fairly good bass output for a 3w speaker, volume is quite loud too you'll have to control the volume through the device as there is no volume slider on the speaker. At higher levels the speaker can move around a bit (despite the weight of the speaker) so it's a good idea to use the mat to hold it in place.

**Areas for improvement**

I noted using the Aux 3.5mm input that the speaker can't limit the volume of the input device so if you play it at high volumes (from the source) it can distort, it probably lacks a volume control chip so be sure to not overdo the input volume when using the Aux input on the speaker. Played at normal levels the sound is good though, just something to note.

I'd also like to see a volume control on the speaker, it's not essential but nice to have.

Overall though a good speaker that punches above it's weight and has a sound that's better than many small sized speakers I've tried.


The Great Commanders: The Collection [DVD]
The Great Commanders: The Collection [DVD]

4.0 out of 5 stars A good "overview" of six noted historical military commanders, 23 Oct 2014
I added this to my collection a good few years ago keen to have a general quick hit on 6 of the most noted commanders though history.
The series is split into 45 minutes for each of the six men, though some in the selection cannot be argued with (Napoleon, Alexander, Nelson, Caesar etc) it did strike me as somewhat odd that some time periods were missed entirely.

There in no coverage of the Middle Ages at all, and whilst Zhukov had ability he also had massive resources (against a weakening enemy) and possibly might not make my own top 10 list of hard hitters. Minor point here, it was still interesting to watch this part, but it think there are better candidates for top/most interesting commander of WW II (Rommel or Patton for example), maybe they wanted to avoid the obvious choice here. Some might also ponder Ulysses S. Grant, eventual victory of that there is no doubt, but quite a few would feel Robert E. Lee is really the stand out tactical and strategic genius of that period.

Apart from that, each episode does give an overview of the commander in question, but does highlight one of their most important battles. Napoleon at Battle of Austerlitz, Julius Caesar and the Battle of Alesia, the key battles for each man in question.

This works quite well for some (Nelson for example at Trafalgar, and Zhukov in the Berlin battle), for others like Napoleon, Caesar, Alexander and Ulysses S. Grant not so well in my view. That's mostly down to the extensive campaigns each fought over a large time period, which can't possibly be covered in a single episode. Leaving that to one side, the series is very enjoyable with some good narration and very interesting. If you have a specific interest in one of the men, you would be better served with a more in depth account of each one. Very good, but a few choices that are open to debate.


Metz 58 AF-2 Digital Flashgun for Sony
Metz 58 AF-2 Digital Flashgun for Sony
Offered by Carmarthen Cameras
Price: £279.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fully loaded and more features than the Sony equivalent flashes, 23 Oct 2014
I've used the Metz on various mounts (Canon, Nikon, Sony) and been very impressed with it, I bought this one for the Sony A mount cameras I have. It's worth pointing out that there is a new Metz flash out (64 AF-1) this has some additional extras and comes with the newer multi interface shoe, but costs quite a bit more and isn't backward compatible with 35mm film bodies bar in manual mode. This version has the Minolta i-ISO shoe so it will fit most of the previous Sony and all the MInolta models, but you'll need the adapter for the A77ii and A58/99 etc.

Sony do offer some good flashes both mid and higher level, but the Metz has a few unique selling points firstly it can completely bypass the camera flash metering and use the exceptionally useful "A" mode this detects the camera settings but controls the flash output purely on the flash itself and it works superbly (if you've been struggling with flash exposures this is a welcome addition) you can use the A mode for bounce or direct flash but not HSS (that's the only limitation)

Also you have a second built in sub flash (this gives you ratio flash built into a single flashgun) and the optical "slave mode" The flash supports full normal wireless TTL flash on the Sony A mount system, but no Sony flash has a simple optical remote mode this means you can use other makers flashes (I use a Yongnuo too) and fire all of them off camera via the built in flash. Once you've adjusted the power output you're in business and honestly whilst the dedicated wireless is good sometimes it's much easier to use a simple off camera mode with manual power output.

If you have an A900/A850 or other Sony body without a built in flash this can act as the master flash and control other flashes via the dedicated wireless (and it works just as the Sony/Minolta flashes do)

My quick summary is as follows:

Pros:
+ Full loaded, it's got just about everything you'd want on a flasgun
+ Decent build quality, not as solid as the Sony's but still good
+ High power GN 58, powerful performance and the numbers match up to real world use
+ Supports full ADI and TTL for A mount wireless slave and master control
+ Dual beam AF assist, I found it works very well for low light AF
+ Has HSS which is essential for fill flash outside
+ Modelling light, strobe mode, whilst the last one isn't essential it's handy to have
+ Has the well known "Auto" mode which uses the on flash sensor (thyristor) and bypasses the camera metering entirely. This doesn't support HSS, but it's very useful to have it in tricky lighting conditions
+ Flash exp compensation of -3 to +3 EV, flash exposure bracketing
+ Secondary built in sub flash, great idea though I'd prefer more power settings for it (there are 3 levels currently)
+ Usual pull out bounce card and WA reflector built in (pretty much standard now)
+ Sensor Size Detection useful for both FF and APS-C users
+ External Power port for adding a battery pack
+ Firmware updates, this adds a lot of confidence longer term (and Metz do update the firmware too)
+ Manual power output min of 1/256, better than most mid level guns
+ Audio sound output on flash recharge (more useful than you think) also warns of over/underexposure with the red/green light on the buttons
+ Optical slave mode, has pre flash suppression (ie you can use it with other cameras like compacts too)
+ Hard to overheat (I've yet to!) and it slows down rather than shuts off.
+ Compatible with 35mm A mount Minolta bodies

Cons:
- This has a standard screw down connection not the quick auto lock featured on other flashes. Being honest it does takes a bit longer to fit and remove but I never lost sleep over it
- No PC Sync Port
- Not weather sealed (this didn't bother me but bear it in mind)
- Swivel of -180 to +120 degrees not as good as some but in practical terms I've not found it an issue at all. It does tilt -7 to +90 degrees which is as you would expect on a flash. (pointing the gun down can be useful for some shots)
- Fairly mediocre flash case, I use the Tamrac flash cases myself (much better quality) Light padding and with a belt loop. Not a major downer but could be better

I found the exposures to be consistent and in most cases with good accuracy. I like the secondard reflector (unique to the Metz), though at times I'd prefer to have a broader range of power levels for it (strangely the new Metz has only 2 settings!). You can if you like cover it with cloth or something to diffuse the light at times (even at 1/4 power it can sometimes need toning down output wise) this works well (shame they don't have one built in, but not a big deal)

If you use the secondary flash then it does drop the power a bit off the main unit, but this is a powerful flashgun and gives up nothing to rivals in terms of output.

The interface is pretty logical and simple to use with the 4 main buttons under the backlit LCD which is easy to read and gives you all the information you need such as range/settings etc. Some people will prefer the direct controls on some flashes, but I find this very good and never had an issue with changing settings and fairly quickly. The Metz uses the double tap system, two taps so this avoids changing settings by accident. I'm quite comfortable with this and it's an easy gun to use. But as said some might like direct controls on some settings, down to taste really. You do get flash stand with this too, though it's fairly square and has a plastic thread I've loads of third party flash stands around this fits the Sony fold up one too.

Recharge times are good, about 4 seconds with fresh batteries (decent Nimh ones) at full power. Quicker for less power.
The optical slave works well, and has pre flash suppression (so if you have another flash or use the built in flash it will ignore the pre flash) I have yet to overheat a Metz flash using the batteries in the flash (the flash will slow down re-cycle times but I've not had this problem even on hot days) it will not shut off entirely.

If you're in the market for a dedicated Sony flash, the Metz is a very serious contender. I personally think it's worth bypassing the mid level Sony's, you get more funcionality and quite a lot more power output (if you need it) Don't be put off with third party offerings on flashes, the Metz works just great with the bodies I have.

Newer Metz models have arrived to replace this but the 58 AF-2 is something of a bargain right now and a very solid second hand purchase too. It's an outstanding bargain right now thanks to price cuts and gives up nothing in terms of features. You can pick up the Sony adapter if you have the multi interface shoe on cameras it still works out far cheaper than the F60M flash and does a few things that flash cannot do.


Mpow® iSnap Bluetooth Wireless Remote Control Camera Shutter Release for Apple IOS Android iPhone 5 5C 5S 4S 4, iPad 4 3 2, iPad Air Mini, iPod touch, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 10.1 8 3 2, Note Tab 2, Moto X, Droid 2, Google Nexus 4, 5, 7, 8
Mpow® iSnap Bluetooth Wireless Remote Control Camera Shutter Release for Apple IOS Android iPhone 5 5C 5S 4S 4, iPad 4 3 2, iPad Air Mini, iPod touch, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 10.1 8 3 2, Note Tab 2, Moto X, Droid 2, Google Nexus 4, 5, 7, 8
Offered by Patox
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Handly little "remote shutter release", 22 Oct 2014
Note: The supplier sent me a review sample, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This is a very simple Bluetooth shutter button remote, simply pair it up with the phone or tablet and it fires the shutter on the built in camera (or starts/stops the video) Depending on the OS type you can select this using the slider switch the "I" being iOS (Apple) or A for Android. On the front is the main shutter button this glows blue when pairing up.

Under the rear side you have a lithium cell (CR2032) which you can replace when it's run out. I found the remote worked fine on most of the phones and tablets I used it on (a variety of Apple and Android ones) bar the Archos I have which paired up but didn't want to play ball on that tablet (for some reason) You can install various "apps" for timers and other advanced remote functions (like multiple shots etc) the concept of this is to have a physical external remote. You also have a supplied "plastic plug" and loop to keep it attached (this goes into the headphone jack) Build on the unit was decent enough it's quite small though I noted a few small gaps in the casing nothing to cause serious concern.

Range wise I got about 4-5 metres out of it in rough testing, it's a bit early to comment on battery performance but going on camera remotes I have these cells tend to last quite a while and are cheap enough to buy. Could be of interest for some phone/tablet shooters possibly for group shots or triggering the camera at a distance.


Qifull 3-Coils Qi Wireless Car Charger Dock with Adjustable Arms Design for Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Rzound / Droid DNA, MOTO Droid Mini, Blackberry Z30, Pentax WG-3 GPS, iPhone, Samsung, LG, HTC and Other Qi-Enabled Phones and Tablets (Black)
Qifull 3-Coils Qi Wireless Car Charger Dock with Adjustable Arms Design for Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Rzound / Droid DNA, MOTO Droid Mini, Blackberry Z30, Pentax WG-3 GPS, iPhone, Samsung, LG, HTC and Other Qi-Enabled Phones and Tablets (Black)
Offered by ibestsky
Price: £50.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The "Full Monty" of in car cradles/chargers, 22 Oct 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Note: The maker sent me a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my opinion of the product

This in car phone holder does a bit more than just hold your phone, as it's a Qi charger that means you can connect it up to charge any Qi enabled phone whilst it's being held. Some Android phones have this built in, if you have a phone that doesn't then you can pick up a card that offers this and attach it to the phone battery (it's very simple and quick to do and the cards are not expensive either)

You get a pretty comprehensive bundle included in the box (it's stuffed full of accessories) including:
1: The main cradle
2: A mounting bracket to clip onto the air vent (as an alternative to the suction mount)
3: A long arm suction mount, this can be freely rotated for horizontal and vertical mounting and has a locking nut to hold it firm
4: A plastic round "pad" with a sticky side if you want to mount it on a dash
5: Two USB to micro USB cables (one long one short)
6: A single socket USB car charger insert this into the cigarette socket to provide power to the cradle

Onto the main cradle unit, this has a "soft" opening mechanism so it opens smoothly (rather than jumping open) I measured the opening with the jaws fully out and it's about 95mm so plenty of space for even bigger phones to fit in there, with the jaws shut the opening is near 58mm or so. On all sides the cradle jaws, front logo area and bottom tabs are covered in a nice dense rubber material and the plastics used feel very good too with decent density to them.

On the top rear of the cradle you have the button to release the jaws. At the bottom is an LED light and a micro USB input this LED lights up blue when powered and changes to green when it's charging up the phone. Installation is very easy (pick a place to mount it plug it in and it's ready to use), good instructions provide clear information on how to set up the unit.

In use the charger worked just great with no issues charging the phones I tried it with via the Qi charging. If you don't have a phone with wireless charging you can still plug in the USB to micro USB lead (or other cable aka lighting iPhone one) There are some cases that offer Qi charging and plenty of cards around to fit to phones to enable this feature. It's worth a mention that the "efficiency" of wireless charging isn't as good as a direct cable (usually around 75% conversion) but a small price to pay for convenience.

This is one of the better car holders/chargers I've used you get the full kit (including the air vent bracket and an extra USB cable) and the rubber pads held the phones I used very securely (some of the cradles I've had used foam which isn't as good over time as it loses it's shape a bit)
An excellent product well made, designed and works a treat.


[Certified by Apple] ACEPower® Premium 3 USB 26W 5.1A Aluminum Panel Compact Designed USB Car Charger for iPhone 6 6plus 5 5S 5C 4 4S,iPad 4 3 2,iPad mini,iPad air Battery Power Supply for All Apple Device, Galaxy, Cell Phones, Tablet, Android Devices (Black+Blue)
[Certified by Apple] ACEPower® Premium 3 USB 26W 5.1A Aluminum Panel Compact Designed USB Car Charger for iPhone 6 6plus 5 5S 5C 4 4S,iPad 4 3 2,iPad mini,iPad air Battery Power Supply for All Apple Device, Galaxy, Cell Phones, Tablet, Android Devices (Black+Blue)
Offered by ACEShield UK
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality "triple port" USB in car charger, 22 Oct 2014
Note: The maker sent me a review sample, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This is the second sample I got from the manufacturer to test, and I have to say I prefer this one for a few reasons partly down to having 3 ports (2 is enough but having an extra one doesn't hurt) and I like the whole top second being made from good quality nicely machined aluminium it just feels more solid and robust.

The three ports are clearly marked with the top one being 2.1 amp output, the middle 2.0 amp and the third a normal 1 amp variety. This means you've fast charging on 2 of the ports and the lower rating means just about any device will work from this.

Build is good overall mostly down to the metal top section which adds a bit more to the "premium feel". I tested it using a number of phones and tablets (Android and Apple) no problems to report with any of them (it's Apple certified too) No complaints on this product it works just great. The size on the top panel is a mere 35mm across by around 26 wide very small. A good in car charger if you're looking for more ports.


[Certified by Apple] ACEPower® Premium Dual USB Ports 17W 3.4A Aluminum Panel Compact Designed USB Car Charger for iPhone 6 6plus 5 5S 5C 4 4S,iPad 4 3 2,iPad mini,iPad air Battery Power Supply for All Apple Device, Galaxy, Cell Phones, Tablet, Android Devices (Black+Sliver)
[Certified by Apple] ACEPower® Premium Dual USB Ports 17W 3.4A Aluminum Panel Compact Designed USB Car Charger for iPhone 6 6plus 5 5S 5C 4 4S,iPad 4 3 2,iPad mini,iPad air Battery Power Supply for All Apple Device, Galaxy, Cell Phones, Tablet, Android Devices (Black+Sliver)
Offered by ACEShield UK
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job just fine, 22 Oct 2014
Note: The maker sent me a review sample, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This "dual" USB charger is fairly small in size (which is good) simply slot it into the car charge socket and you can power or charge 2 devices at the same time, this is esp useful as we're so reliant on smart phones and tablets a single port isn't really going to cut it. The advantage of 2 ports (or more) is obvious but another point is if you are running an in car "Sat Nav" you can if you have a mini USB cable power that and charge a phone/tablet or other device at the same time.

Build in the unit is pretty good, mostly down to the aluminium ring around the top part this adds a bit of strength to the build the plastics are fine though nothing earth shattering either it would be nice if the aluminium portion was extended to the whole top panel.

This dual port has a 2.4 amp output at the top (near the LED light which glows when connected) and a 1 amp below that. The higher output better suited to charging tablets at a faster rate than the normal 1 amp. Lettering on the top part is hard to see you'll just have to remember that the top one is the faster charging port (wouldn't mind a blue or red colour in the USB port to indicate the quicker charging one) In use worked just fine on variety of phones/tablets. Nothing wrong with this really, I might be nit picking a bit but I'd like slightly better build and clearer markings so you can see the power output on the ports is (it's very small and the lettering is stamped into the plastic not printed on)

Overall fairly respectable though


Bluetooth Keyboard, GMYLE® Bluetooth 3.0 Ultra-Slim 10 Inch Wireless LED Backlit Keyboard for iOS Android Windows PC Tablet Smartphone w/ Built in Lithium Battery
Bluetooth Keyboard, GMYLE® Bluetooth 3.0 Ultra-Slim 10 Inch Wireless LED Backlit Keyboard for iOS Android Windows PC Tablet Smartphone w/ Built in Lithium Battery
Offered by Clever Gadgets
Price: £23.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely made compact "backlit LED" Bluetooth keyboard, 22 Oct 2014
Note: The maker provide me with a review sample, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

I've tried a few of these Bluetooth keyboards and this one offers a rather attractive "blue LED" backlight under the keys, but importantly you can modify how this works you can turn it off entirely or just have it on all the time or only when the keys are being pressed.

Build on the keyboard is very good the outer side and back casing is metal (4 thick rubber pads at a bit of angle to the keyboard and stop it slipping around on surfaces); the top glossy panel on front you have the on/off switch and a blue LED with the expected "connect" button. Pairing is very easy power it on and pretty the connect pair it up to the tablet/phone or computer and off you go.

A full charge takes about 4 hours or so (you get a good length micro USB cable provided) the LED on the top panel glows red when charging and turns off when it's finished this also doubles as the blue LED which shows up when you are pairing the keyboard.
Compatibility is broad this works on Apple computers, iPhone/Pad as well as Windows from XP/Vista/7 and 8
Android is supported from 3.0 and up both tablets and smart phones that have Bluetooth.

For a desktop or other pc you'll need a Bluetooth dongle or you can use it straight away
The user manual is clear and well laid out there is also a chart of "hot keys" this varies a bit depending on which OS you are using.
On the keyboard you'll notice you have the QWE keys marked Apple, Android and Windows you use the Fn button to switch modes on the keyboard for the OS you are using. The Fn button has quite a few uses used in combination with other buttons you can change the LED lighting mode (to off, on only with key presses or always on) and you can also adjust the LED brightness in 4 stages a nice touch if you want a more discreet glow under the keys

The main keypad feels very responsive as I touch type I can be a bit fussy on keyboards the travel is about right on the keys and it's also quiet typing away rapidly. For me overall it's a good keyboard the build is excellent and I like the backlit LED and the ability to adjust the brightness or turn if off if you want to. It's a bit early to comment on the battery life, no doubt the LED's will drain it a bit more, but usually you get a long period between charges on keyboards like this so I'll update the review if required in relation to use or battery.

Any niggles? Well on the keyboard not really, but I wouldn't mind a small travel pouch to be provided for carrying the keyboard around, that's not a major point but it would be a nice touch. Certainly worth a look if you are after a decent LED Bluetooth keyboard that's solidly made.


Fujifilm FinePix S4800 Digital Camera - Black (16 MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
Fujifilm FinePix S4800 Digital Camera - Black (16 MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
Offered by GSM-Fonz
Price: £103.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for an entry level bridge camera, lacks a viewfnder though, 21 Oct 2014
At this price don't get too excited with what's on offer, but it's quite well priced and takes acceptable images for the outlay.
For me I think the biggest gripe is the lack of viewfinder, for a longer optical zoom camera I think that's a mistake

Granted the viewfinders are pretty poor on budget models, still it does help you hold the camera steady and is useful in harsher lighting.

In the box you get:
4xAA type alkaline batteries
Shoulder strap
USB cable
User Manual (just a basic one)
Lens cap and Lens cap cord
CD-ROM

A quick summary of the good and bad points

+ Good value, bang per buck it's not a bad way to get a longer zoom bridge model
+ Useful range 30x zoom lens covering 24-720mm (equivalent in 35mm terms)
+ Good battery life (with decent quality Ni-MH AA's) around 500 if not a bit more
+ Video is "ok" at 1280x720 720p (I don't expect full HD at this price) quality wasn't bad either mono sound though. You can zoom while filming
+ Well balanced flash exposures (fuji are usually good here)
+ Fairly pleasing exposures and colours (white balance can be a little cool in some lighting)
+ Decent macro mode
+ Has sensor shift IS (works ok maybe 2.5-3 stops)

Cons:
- No viewfinder (doesn't help trying to hold a 30x zoom steady!)
- Not the sharpest lens, it's not bad across the range but struggles a bit 24mm end in the corners
- Image quality suffers in lower light and at higher ISO levelsl (I'd stick to ISO 400 or lower, 800 is pushing it a bit)
- Standard 16mp CCD sensor, not your better EXR sensor from Fuji, it's ok but doesn't have the dynamic range or lower light performance. I would set the camera to shoot 8mp images (half size) you won't get anything extra out of the 16mp setting
- Slow cont shooting at full resolution (just 1.2fps, there are higher speeds at smaller image sizes though)

It's reasonably well featured and the build is acceptable for the cost, you get the normal PASM modes, the extra modes like SR Auto (scene recognition) panoramic mode, scene modes like beach and baby, portriats, and the 3.0 inch 230k dot LCD screen is usuable if unspectacular. Visibility is quite good but in harsh light it can be a problem (that's where the viewfinder would come in handy)

Image wise it's a not bad camera in this price range, but nothing amazing either (but then nothing is at this price point!) If you want an inexpensive bridge type zoom that takes ok photos and is fairly well featured and with the convenience of AA batteries it's not a bad option.
It might be worth looking at the S8200 which has a bigger zoom range, a viewfinder and nicer LCD if those extras are on your want list (costs about £50 more). The image quality isn't ideal for bigger enlargements (you'll get ok A4's just don't expect poster prints despite the 16mp spec), but it's adequate for many users.


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