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Had to downgrade the rating
on 4 November 2013
Further to my earlier review below, I have to downgrade my original rating. I dropped the camera a small distance, no more than 6 inches, onto a metal protrusion cracking the rear display (it would fall that way, wouldn't it!). It seems to me a camera designed for use in 'activity' conditions should be more robust than that. I seem to remember another reviewer experiencing the same thing, hence the downgrade.
On the minus side, it is well documented that the picture quickly becomes very grainy in poor light conditions so probably best to set the 'Maximum for ISO' option to no more than 400. As also commonly pointed out, the display on the back is not great but I can live with that - for me it's the captured image that is most important. [Incidentally, and I can't be certain of this, but I got the distinct impression that the picture displayed immediately after taking a shot looks sharper than when viewing it later in playback mode. In fact, if you set the LCD Confirmation Time to 'Hold' you can actually see the display switch to a fuzzier image after a couple of seconds. Why would that be I wonder?]
I purchased the camera principally for outdoor use so the low light limitation shouldn't normally apply. However, I was initially disappointed with the results in hazy conditions. I then discovered that the Super Resolution option improves things quite a bit though I'm not inclined to use it unless the standard results are wanting. There is also an Image Setting option which I haven't experimented with yet that may improve things further.
Something I wasn't expecting and a real bonus was how closely the camera can focus (I think 3cm's was mentioned somewhere). This is great for getting close-up detail of plants or insects etc.
I like the simple set of controls on the back and don't find the menu navigation to be too labyrinthine. You just need to have a play to get a feel for what is where.
Finally, I found the handbook to be pretty good (it's no use having great features if you don't know they're there or can't work out how to get to them) though you do sometimes have to hop through several onward references to arrive at the information you're looking for.
All in all a nice camera to have as a 'carry around'. Don't expect the results to get into National Geographic but they will give you something quite reasonable for you to show your friends what you did on your adventure holiday.