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A decent enough compact superzoom but very overpriced.
on 30 June 2014
The image quality is good for this type of camera, and it produces nice photos provided you don't look too closely. If you do look closely, i.e. at pixel level, you'll find the pictures are rather soft and noisy and somewhat distorted... but when all's said and done it's a small sensor camera with a superzoom lens, so they will be! There seems to be a consensus among professional reviewers that this is the best 'bridge' camera currently available from an image quality point of view, and I'm sure it is; the constant f/2.8 aperture alone sets it apart. I won't comment any further in how it compares with other superzooms, but in and of itself, it's reasonably sharp in the centre of the frame but pretty poor towards the edges, especially at the wide end; but that's not uncommon with the wide end of zoom lenses. So it's OK if you want a camera of this type, but if you need critical image quality, then give it a miss.
Shooting the camera is mostly a pleasant experience, however. I like the handling, it's very quiet, the image stabilisation works well, and it focuses pretty rapidly under most conditions. You need to take a few minutes to customise the camera so that you can set the autofocus point by pressing the centre button (two clicks required, unfortunately) for e.g., but once done it's nice in the hand and the controls work well. The EVF and monitor are both very good, although the monitor feels cheaply made and flimsy compared with the camera body. Sadly, quite a few of the switches and buttons feel plasticy and cheap as well, which is a shame because the main chassis and lens aren't bad. The power switch is like something off a child's toy and the four-way control dial on the back is made of such soft plastic that it's already showing sings of wear after only a few days' light use. This camera was over a grand at launch, and yet there is considerable evidence of penny pinching in the construction.
The bottom line, then, is it works well, it's very versatile, and the picture quality is OK. But the price is ridiculous.