Ok, where do I start? Let's start with the first thing that caught my attention to buy this thing in the first place,.......ZOOM! I'll make this simple, I was able to read and photograph a license plate from almost 5 blocks away!!
From that same distance, I could possibly make out the person driving the car, although that get's just a little shaky. I've read somewhere, that it doesn't take very good shots at full magnification, yes and no. Yes that's true if you don't have enough light, but the picture I took of the plate was earlier today in NYC where there was still a decent amount of wind, but I had good light! Picture quality.... I'm not qualified to really give a good review because this is the first non-point n shoot I've ever owned and I regrettably bolted out of my summer intensive photography class back in '93! lol But I'll tell you this, at 16 megapixels, and with a CMOS sensor, it's hard for any point n shoot to beat and I'm not sure I'll take another picture I truly care about with my iPhone 4S again. Twice the resolution, wider lens to allow more light, a larger sensor, etc, all make for a great shot. Movies are ok, decent, but will never replace a full HD camcorder of decent value, especially since you can hear the motor of the zoom during movie playback!! Not cool! I bought this camera to take pictures, not video, so I'm keeping it. Flash is pretty strong and it has something that helps keep it from overexposing. I'm still learning how to use this thing and the manual (on CD only, boo) is pretty lengthy so I'm sure I will love it even more once I start using all the features. Also, it allows you to take a picture of a picture. What I mean is, let's say you take a wide shot, but after viewing it in playback mode, you decide you want to focus on one particular thing, you just zoom in to where you want, move the picture up, down, left and right as needed, hit the menu button, and select a function (I just forgot what it's called) and it will take another photo of what you have on screen! Cool, just like my iPhone 4S, lol Speaking of screen, it moves people! If you're short like my wife and want to shoot over someone's head like in a concert or parade, you just flip the screen down. If you're tall or just want a lower shot without having to bend your bad cricketty knees, hold the camera as low as comfortable and just flip the screen facing up, that simple. Hmmm, what else, it's light, not too bulky. Has a 10 second and other timers. Used it to take a funny picture with my wife while she slept on the couch. She asked me today, "When did you take that picture?" lol Oh, I bought a Targus 58" tripod. I bought it at Walmart, but as always, shop and compare. I did see some P510's for cheaper on Ebay, and I've never had a problem because I know how to buy, but Walmart always seems to honor it's warranty and then some and I happen to be close to one almost once a week so it just makes sense for my situation. I could go on, as I'm sure you have nothing else better to do than listen to me ramble my newbie views, but no, I will end it here saying, if you're looking for a fantastic camera to take family, vacation, and general outdoor shots, and occasionally snoop on people, lol, this is the camera for you. Adieu
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