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Its a good little camera but lacking in areas.
on 25 January 2012
I got this camera as I had a panasonic Lumix which was getting a bit long in the tooth and this one came on sale and seemed to have updated features that my Lumix didn't have.
Firstly its sits nicely in my hand although I find sometimes that my finger will often get in the way off the shot, so I have to watch that.
The people who have been suffering with blurry photos. Well I did too have this problem to begin with, and then I realised that I didn't have it set to fine in the settings, so even though I had it set at the full pixels it was still taken a lower grade picture.
Also its worth noting that the SR auto scene recognition function, while at first seems a good idea, actually fails quite miserably. It certainly seems to select some scenes accurately but then it goes on to take an awful picture. Pictures too orange/blurry/colours odd. I have two of these camera's so its not down to a camera anomaly this seems to go in the range. When I swapped to just plain auto, the camera does well with this and all my pictures have been crystal clear and the colours are awesome, so much so that actually my editing pictures has been reduced quite dramatically, and I love how the camera corrects the red eye on the camera itself. Again cutting down on my editing time.
I really like the Touch and shoot mode, this is great for when you want to take a focal shot, it changes the aperture so that the focus is central, to the object you have set, and has produced some quite dramatic shots. I wasn't that impressed with the touch and track, except for portrait shots. The panorama mode is really fun to use, I actually took quite a dramatic shot of my living room using this, I am often found tinkering with this mode lol. Scene position is pretty good for most of its scenes, although i found sports to be sadly lacking, but then I am used to the speed of my DSLR. The natural flash is good if you want to save the time of framing a shot twice, giving you the best of two to choose from.
The HD video does quite well, its not as good as my panasonic in the day, although its only a small difference, but much better at night. Seems to cope with low light really well. Much better than my panasonic.
I agree about the screen turning on, I haven't read the instructions so that could just simply be in the settings maybe? But I just bought a hard case to keep it in my bag to avoid the problem.
Conclusion: For the price your paying its a good little camera, you don't often find a camera of this spec with a lithium battery. Its got good function, it lets itself down a little on the SR mode, but all in all I am pleased with it. I think it is good value for money.