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5.0 out of 5 stars
Not the cheapest but great value for money, 7 May 2010
As the technical data is listed here and the capabilities of this camera are very well tested at other places like dpreview i will only describe my personal impressions here.
This camera is placed somewhere between bridge, compact and FT-SLRs so the dimensions of this set are not really compact anymore, though it is still pocketable with larger jackets like my NorthFace outdoor jacket, but far away from APSC-SLRs with standard zoom, the weight is neither light nor heavy but tangible enough to keep a slow hand while shooting photos.
Even in my relative large hands, glove size 11, it is well balanced, smooth to handle and buttons / dials are well placed to be easily reached and manipulated.
Zoom goes smooth without remarkable backlash, buttons and dials, especially the shutter release, have a well defined action point and do lack of any kind like unprecise or unreliable action.
Lens hood goes tautly but though smooth and with a defined end stop.
The monitor is bright and crisp, also in bright environment, and i couldn't find any creak or squeak on the body or lens so far.
Though this camera is already well balanced and dimensioned it could make sense to attach the snug case, at least the bottom part of it, to make the handling and fun in large hands complete.
Taking pictures in real life this camera is miles ahead of the Canon G11, which i tested as well while the decision process buying a new camera, in a matter of speed.
The well going zoom lens and the AF speed makes you already take a photo while the G11 has just finished adjusting the right focal length by the rocker and starts to focus, in bright light and foremost in dark conditions.
Bottom line : This is by far the most enjoyable point and shoot camera with SLR genes and capabilities at view finder size that i have tried so far.
Not cheap but really worth the extra money to a compact and many beginner APSC-SLRs leaving enough space in your bag for other useful things, especially on trips.
Many thanks to amazon.co.uk for the very fast and reliable processing and shipping.