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High performance for low price, though not perfect
on 2 January 2007
Having played with this camera since it arrived (thanks to a stunningly good deal from Amazon) over Christmas, all I can do is recommend this whole-heatedly.
For the interested out there, here are the niggles:
The matrix buttons for the menus on the rear of the camera work very well, although they do take some getting used to. Gotta say they are really cool and if you're the kind of person who loves your friends cooing over your gadgets, you'll be very pleased. They are slightly counter-intuitive though, in that to flick from one control category to another, you can't just flick from one to the next, you have either to press "back" from where you are and then choose your next sub-menu, or deselect your current category. Given that the whole point of this camera's contols IS the matrix buttons, this does not make much sense. Generally the controls themselves are not that friendly or intuitive. I'm pretty au fait with these types of gadgets but it took me a month to work out how to view videos on the camera itself without transfering to PC. It goes without saying that the manual was no help.
The screen menu display is monochrome. Not at all important, but strange and slightly distracting.
Each control beeps annoyingly. You can disable the beep, but once you turn the camera off then on again, the beep is back.
Yes, the zoom works in video mode. Fabulous. However, the microphone cuts out at the same time, so you're left with zooming silence. Not fabulous.
The English used on the menus is that charming Koreanese - "Not Support", "Connecting Computer" etc.
If you can cope with these points, and there are probably more I haven't found yet, you should snap this one up.