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Image quality not as bad as online reviews suggest
on 26 February 2010
Like many people I became very concerned after ordering this product that the image quality would be terrible (see majority of photography sites online).
I have since developed a batch of prints (taken using the camera's automatic settings) in 4x6.5, 10x7 and A4 sizes, to test the quality.
For a non-professional photographer, they're absolutely fine. Taking travel photos is my hobby, mostly landscapes and architecture, but I'm no expert. I am quite obsessive about quality of photos, however. When I ordered the 10x7 and the A4 prints on Photobox, I was given a "low quality" warning. I ordered anyway, expecting the worst. I now have the prints, and they are of display quality, i.e. I would happily frame them. On close inspection there is some very slight mushiness in the foreground, with edges not quite as sharp as I would expect. The rest is sharp. Details taken using the zoom, such as a tiny hut on an island miles away, are stunning.
So please don't despair if you're a "layperson" who's just ordered this camera - the quality is nowhere near as bad as you're led to believe.