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I received this camera as a present because my stepfather got on really well with it and recommended it. My old camera was unfortunately ruined by sand while on holiday so this was my upgrade.
The pictures are amazing quality for a compact; I honestly could not expect more for the price. I've had a lot of problems in the past with cameras with a slow reaction time (i.e. a long time between the point where you press the shutter and when the picture actually takes) but this is a real point and go camera.
There is video compatability and the video quality is pretty good, but you won't win any prizes for the movies you create - they are simple home videos.
There are a number of editing options on the playback mode - you can adjust the lighting, brightness and correct for red eyes. These are all good settings but if you really want to edit the pictures well, it's best to use a computer programm so you can see the detail properly.
If you are an amateur photographer and like to play with settings and really know your way around a camera this might not be exactly what you're looking for as the camera has very little option to configure settings - it does everything for you. You are unable to change shutter speed and aperture size. The zoom is fantastic - 10 times - and the battery life is amazing. I used the camera for 10 days on holiday and didn't have to recharge which was handy - the friend I was with had a camera which always ran out at the most inconvenient times. It comes with a mains battery charger which takes about 2 hours to recharge the battery.
Memory is in the form of an SD card which slots in easily on the bottom next to the battery.
Would definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to take great photos with very little effort.
I actually got this camera a year ago when my old one fell into the Indian sea and refused to work at all! I bought this at around £160 but the price has gone fairly since then because its an older model, however still worth it!
Onto the technical details, this camera has 12.1 megapixels and 10x optical zoom, with a 24mm wide angle lense and a large 2.7 LCD screen on the back to work with - standard for the mid-range priced digital cameras. It also has an extra add on of HD video recording and that may always come in handy. The battery life is very impressive on this one, lasting me a day with constant picture taking, but this really depends on the level of photo taken, the flash etc.
One interesting thing about the camera is the 'make up mode' it offers. You can set the camera so any photo of a face is taken, and a level of 'photoshop' work is done, depending on the setting you put it on, from 0-12, which is good for all those who feel that their photos need an extra tweak. A variety of other themes is also available on this camera, which can be accessed from the menu, so making picture taking even more fun! Another good thing is the level of flash that can be set, a softer option is available, and even when without a flash, there is anti-shake technology in the camera, which I was glad to discover since this was the only issue I was having!
The camera is fairly sleek and small, easy to carry, even for a digital one, the colours available are black, red and silver but the price varies between them. It turns on very easily and has no trouble zooming to its full capacity, without the camera feeling heavy either! The video recording is fab as well, definitely at HD quality if you set it so, but be wary, you will need a fairly large memory card to hold the videos.
This camera doesn't seem very popular around the market, but is definitely worth the money.