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I am no professional when it comes to taking pictures, but this camera inspires me to take as many pictures as i can. I have had this for 2 weeks and i love it so much, and although my ex husband had a camera which he bought from argos with better spec, the picture quality was never as good as this.
it works very well in low light situations and you can zoom right into someone thing in the distance and still not comprimse on quality.
i was unforatunate enough to damage this camera in loas a few weeks ago and was over the moon to find amazon still selling it. Even though there are cameras on sale in argos for £70-90 with way better spec than thsi, i would buy this camera again and again any day.
it is extremely easy to use, from thw moment you turn it on within two-three seconds it is reayd to take pictures, the battery life is fanatstic- easy to use and navigate, i dont think i have ever had to look at the manual and a large lcd display. I would recommend this camera to anybody and every body.
Magazine printers don't like JPEGs .... on the whole. They like TIFF files so if you want to sell pictures to publications or illustrate your articles, you need a TIFF capable camera. This camera saves in TIFF file format (unlike the majority of compact digital cameras), has a Canon lense, is well built (a metal frame no less) and has bags of features to suit a newcomer to photography as well as serve a cynical semi pro.
The 7 megapixel resolution perhaps only comes into it's own shooting pictures saved in TIFF format since when I zoomed into identical JPEG shots taken with this camera and my 5 megapixel Konica KD-510Z, I could see no difference.
Whilst shooting full resolution shots saved as TIFF files (which take up a whacking 20Mb at least per file so you'll need a useful memory card) "rendering" that amount of data takes quite a while. I use my Konica KD-510Z to shoot JPEG shots whilst the Casio's green "I'm rendering a TIFF shot" LED is blinking for up to two minutes. Allegedly, 7 megapixel shots can be printed happily up to A3.
It uses SD cards which are easy enough to get hold of. battery life is good. The display is very informative and capable of being a bit confusing though you have loads of control over what's in the display so if you don't like the display, it's your fault.
It DID let me down for a while. It refused to boot or close down properly and I had to coax it gently back to life and though it seems OK now, I'm a bit nervous about the same fault appearing again. I took the precaution of finding the recipt, putting it in the box and making sure it was all readily to hand.
I bought it in late April '06. I gave me problems in July.
If you want to shoot serious pictures and have some lenses from an ordinary SLR, it might be worth your while getting some extra use out of your lense collection by buying a digital SLR. If you're really serious about quality, look at medium format cameras.
This camera has a really nice solid feel, the casing is metal and all of the buttons feel good to use. The menu is very intuitive and has a vast array of features. Image quality is good but a little grainy in lower light levels, and there is some purple fringing in high contrast areas. The zoom is adaquate but for those looking for a little extra adapters can be purchased for a zoom lens. The remote control is a nice feature allowing you to take pictures from a distance or while the camera is on a tripod.
The scene modes are also useful allowing you to take great shots even if you are lacking in experience. It also has a very fast start up time, and the battery life is excellent.