This is a very nice camera for the money. It is by no means perfect, but is about the best and most flexible point and shoot digital camera I could expect for the price. The Good:
The color and white balance are exceptional, and earned above average marks in several professional reviews. The nice thing about it, and much of the reason I picked this model, is the manual modes. They make shooting tough situations, like indoor lit action with no flash, much easier (the shutter priority mode is a lifesaver here). When the shutter button is pressed halfway (even in full automatic mode), it will give you a preview of the picture as it sees it and what parameters it is using (ISO, shutter speed, apeture) so you will know if your settings will work or not, and what could be changed to improve it. It even has flash strength control. The automatic settings do a very good job with most normal situations, as well. The optics also earned above average marks, with very good performance across the zoom range, not to mention it zooms to 6x. The video mode is superb for a still camera. The resolution is just as good as an average camcorder when set to 640x480. The best feature is the Optical Image Stabilization. I have been able to take minimally blurred pictures as slow as 1/15 sec shutter speed without a tripod, which is impossible on a standard camera. It is completely optical based, not like many cameras that do it digitally, which uses a higher iso and degrades the image quality. The Bad:
Not the most compact camera in the world, but I don't mind. It's decently sized, just it won't fit into a pocket so easily. The screen resolution bordered on disappointing. It is perfectly usable, just not amazing to look at. While shooting video, you can only digital zoom, and it won't focus on the fly either, which is about the only thing that would prevent it from replacing a real camcorder, but it's still just fine for less involved videoing. The image quality at higher ISO settings, although was better than some (much better than the similarly priced elph model), was not as good as it could be. It takes awesome pictures at ISO80 and even up to ISO200, but at ISO400 it starts to get kind of hairy. ISO800 is still pretty usable (more so than some other models) but grain is definitely noticable. ISO1600 is useless for all but quick snapshots that will be shrunk down. In manual modes, adjusting the flash is kind of hit-or-miss, as the camera has no way of knowing ahead of time what the flash will do for the picture. Like most compact cameras, the flash has very limited range (only about 10-15 ft). It devours batteries, but I guess that should come as no big surprise as digital cameras get more complicated. The specifications said it has a fast frame video mode that will take 640x480 video at 60fps (instead of the normal 30fps) for up to 1 minute, but the one I got has no such feature.
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