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Customer Review

on 11 November 2012
I have been using this camera for a few weeks now; I also have a DSLR but needed something more compact to carry around. After opening the box I was impressed at the feel of this camera, it has a satisfying weight to it, not too heavy but not too light. The buttons are placed intuitively and the dial on top allows quick changes between the main modes. The flash neatly stows away in the top of the camera and pops up at the push of a button when needed. The zoom is quick and easy to operate, with the control switch integrated into the shutter button, and has a great reach with 15.5x.
Some of my favourite features of this camera are the burst mode (can be selected with the main dial) which is very useful when capturing a moving subject. One push of the shutter and the camera automatically fires a burst of 5 shots. There is a special effect mode that shoots selected colours in the frame and renders the rest of the image black and white. I like to use this effect, but with my SLR it requires some image editing in photoshop - with this camera it does it as you take the picture, very cool!
I do not take video that often, but this camera has a very capable video recorder, which can be accessed immediately from shooting stills as there is a physical shortcut button - so no messing about finding the mode in a menu. It records in full 1080p, so when coupled with a HDMI cable (unfortunately not in the box) you can watch your videos in full HD on the TV.
The bundled software has some neat features that allow for easy transfer of images from the camera and has some basic editing functions that you would expect. The most useful but simple tool I have been using is straighten, which allows me to fix horizons in landscape pictures so they are perfectly horizontal. There are also some `in-camera' editing options, which allows you to edit pictures without transferring to a PC first.
All in all, this camera is easy to use out of the box as a point and shoot, but also has some advanced settings to keep a keen photographer amused. It does not have a mode to take full manual control of shutter speed and aperture, but I can use my SLR for this so suits my needs fine.
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