43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Great Wide-Angled Compact Camera,
My mother recently decided to dabble in the digital camera field, and after a bit of deliberation vs the Canon A720IS, she decided to go for this Nikon P50.
I use a Nikon D40 for anything serious and I find in general, the menu system and layout of their cameras is unbeatable. My sister uses a Canon EOS400D and begs to differ. It seems Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus etc. take just as good pictures at the same price-bracket; the digital camera market has reached a point where even the cheaper brand name cameras can still capture some great shots for the average eye. As such, when I recommended the Nikon P50/P60, my sister recommended the Canon A720IS.
For my mother's purposes all she required was an easy-to use point-and-shoot, preferably with a viewfinder.
The main appeal of this over the Canon she found was the wide-angle lens and the superior build quality (the Canon having a 'cheap' plastic feel) and the vibration reduction feature. On this model the VR is software-based (as opposed to built into the lens/sensor), but it works surprisingly well; low light shots from a moving car came out surprisingly crisp.
She is very happy with her purchase. Personally I'm waiting to get my hands on the new Nikon P60 for use as a portable compact, or even the P5100. The similarities in specifications between the P60 and the Canon A720IS are almost too close to call; ultimately make your choice on what feels right, both to handle and use and you can't go too far wrong in today's market.