For a point and shoot, the camera itself is PRETTY GOOD. There are a few things about this camera that make it an even BETTER value. The styling is great. The options are plentiful, and the zoom is amazing for a camera in this price range. However, there are a couple things that disappointed me to the point where I decided that the camera was not for me. The low-light shots were not good at all. The green walls in my basement came out looking gray, if I didn't use the flash. The 720p video capture pales in comparison to 1080p (which isn't much more expensive). And the video capture length maxes out at 20 minutes. Honestly, had I known the last part, I never would have bought the camera in the first place.
On the upside, if you're just looking for a simple point and shoot camera, to do outdoor shots, or well-lit shots, this will work fine. It has a lot of bells and whistles which make you feel like you got a lot for your money spent. If you're a person who is a bit more finicky with color accuracy, then you may want to pass. Then again, if you are a finicky person, then you probably would be looking at slr's and not point and shoots in the first place, so this may not pertain to you. Also, I don't like the fact that it uses AA batteries. Some people aren't bothered by that. That is personal preference. Myself, I don't want to have to keep replacing batteries. I didn't have the camera long enough to comment on the actual battery life. I also didn't like the fact that you have to MANUALLY open the flash in order for it to work. However, the flash does fill a small room very nicely. The menus are very user-friendly. I am no camera expert and I was able to navigate and access the features that were important (to me) without the use of the manual. A little common sense goes a long way.
As long as you have your expectations in check, this camera can be a very good buy. It doesn't take professional-quality pictures; but that shouldn't be expected in a $150 camera. It does however, takes very crisp pictures (in good light) with adequate recovery time in between. The video quality isn't the greatest either, BUT... if you're okay with 720p, then you should be okay with what this camera gives. However, the dealbreaker for me is related to the video; but not necessarily related to the video quality. I can't accept the fact that the camera limits the video capture time to 20 minutes. I can't understand the need for that. In this age of sdxc cards with capacities that exceed 256GB, I don't see why my camera won't let me make a video that's over 20 minutes long. This makes no sense to me, so I had to take it back. This may be trivial to some, but perplexes me.
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