Top positive review
For the money - you have to love it!
on 12 July 2016
This is a long-term review. I bought this camera three years ago. It has proven to be an excellent choice and a loyal friend. Maybe there are newer versions out now, but they will have to be good to beat the S4500. The lens is excellent quality, the optical zoom is far better than any digital zoom - always go for optical zoom if you have the choice, it is "proper" zoom rather than the digital enhancement of the central pixels. The autofocus copes admirably with most situations, but refletive surfaces, water, and low light can cause problems. For landscapes etc it is a marvellous camera for the money. For sport and/or wild-life photography it is not so good. This is because there is the usual digital "lag" between pressing the button and the picture actually being recorded. It is only a fraction of a second, but trust me, that is far too long if you are trying to capture anything that is moving at more than a snail's pace. It must be said, however, that just about all digital cameras suffer with this problem. You have to go a long way up the price range to solve this problem, so you have to learn to live with it. This camera looks good, it is easy to operate, it is sophisticated enough to keep proper photographers happy, yet simple enough to make a novice look like an expert! I love it!