I have waited a year for this camera, checking the web every week until it was released, but I am very, very disappointed. It is possible that the camera I bought was faulty?, but here is my opinion:
The camera looks very attractive and has a great feel and design. Controls are in the perfect places for me and very well laid out, but they are the only positives I can give it.
Images are very noisy and at the same time heavily smoothed. The camera seemed like it likes to use high ISOs even when there's enough light so you end up with lots of pixelation, with colors of similar shade being smoothed out - this was the case even under the "fine" setting. It seemed more like a cellphone quality. There was also a significant amount of purple fringing on my kitchen shots.
The biggest problem I encountered was the focus. Even with no zoom, movies would be going in-and-out of focus continually and never quite get a sharp focus even when they settled. The focus was slow, inaccurate, and wouldn't settle. On long zoom auto focus never got a clear focus even with a tripod.
Because of the focusing problem, I couldn't reasonably use more than 10x zoom, and that had to be on far-away objects.
The microphone didnt pick up sound well. The focus changed whenever my hand moved (even slightly) or whenever I touched zoom. This made movies totally unusable for me.
I cannot believe this - with each photo it saves a THB file. If you rename this to jpg you can see it is actually a little thumbnail image. All I can think is that the processor is so slow it has to create 2 files for every picture - one that is already resized for playback on the LCD. I have never seen this with other cameras and feels like a big hack.
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