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One for the serious amateur
on 16 April 2013
This is no doubt a very good camera, but it is slightly fiddly and awkward to use, so definitely not one for the "point and shoot" merchants, or those just wanting to go snap-happy. It is also rather bulky and clumbersome compared to the small slick cameras that are on today's market. However I did want something slightly bigger, having been brought up taking pictures on an 35mm SLR.
The controls are all situated very close together, so again it is not the easiest of cameras to operate, unless you are used to selecting functions and looking through menus.
The camera does have a really good viewfinder and it will clearly display what function and mode you have selected, once you have worked out which you require.
The shots I took at the weekend were very sharp, and enlarged well when I downloaded them to my computer screen. Sadly I have not yet used this camera to do landscape photos, (which are my specialty), but I am certainly looking forward to doing that, as I'm sure it will handle the depth of field very well, and allow me to zoom in on the detail given this camera's impressive zoom lens.
The other thing which is not very good about this camera is it's battery drainage. Even when I've just been messing around trying to get to grips with all the various functions of this camera the battery has died on me. So you will definitely require lithium batteries, and I would recommend you carry a spare set as well.
Overall I think the more you use and familiarize yourself with this camera the more you will get out of it, and the results will be satisfying no doubt. However, be prepared to put that time in, as this is not a camera you can just pick up and go, a little time and knowledge is required, otherwise my advice would be to stick to something a little more basic.