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Not So Great As The Hype Suggests
on 11 December 2012
The hype would have us believe this is a fantastic camera and it's quite good, but here are some of the shortcomings I've found with it so far:
1. I take quite a lot of video and when you press the video button, the viewfunder/LCD screen goes blank for a moment - not the end of the world, but it can mean that the beginning of the opening shot is off-target.
2. The zoom motor is noisy, which can be heard on video tracks.
3. Too many tiny buttons close together, so that with my fat fingers (especially if wearing gloves), I can press buttons without realising it, thereby changing the settings.
4. The user manual is awful. Once you've started using the camera, then return to the manual and it makes more sense. The Japanese are great engineers, but they can't seem to convey their brilliance on paper. The english manual was certainly NOT written by someone whose mother tongue is english. So you end up with a magic box (the camera), full of features and surprises, but you can't seem to get at them and some you don't even know are there.