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This is a really portable slim style camera. The front of the camera is like many other, the lens is quite large and takes up most of the space, there is the flash on the top right, but there is no viewfinder - although the screen is good quality I did miss this.
The power switch is on top with a flicker for the zoom on the shutter button.
The screen on the back is a reasonable size and you can move between the take and view modes using the buttons above it.
The buttons on the side are a click wheel and a 4 sided button. Separate buttons for the menu and delete are at the bottom.
The camera uses XD memory cards. This may be slightly annoying if other appliances take SD cards.
USING THE CAMERA
Tha auto function is relatively standard - you can change the size by going to the menu and the flash, light and dark and macro on the four sided button.
The flash choces are as normal but also includes a reduction of redeye which does work well!
The light/dark option is good in changing NATURAL light. Use mode settings indoors.
The programme mode lets you select just about whatever settings you want - the success of this is more dependant on the choices made than the camera.
The anti shake doesn't always take the best picture, but does reduce blur - even on theme park rides!!!
The portrait mode does take time to focus, the results give a generally better shot than taking yourself, but do check out the smile mode and burst function for a comparative.
Landscape mode - I didn't find this made a massive difference.
Movie mode for a standard camera is good - I did have trouble at times with sound to the left of the camera. The edit mode is reasonable - but I prefer to use a computer.
12 scene settings are available on the camera. The glass one does limit reflection well - wanting to take photos through glass may not be an everyday thing but not having to change settings to see what you want with no blur is time saving.
Night and portrait doesn't always focus properly. In well lit areas even at night, I preferred the sunset function.
Smile shot - this should automatically snap a shot when people smile and it works to a point. It is not the most sensitive (grimacing works as well as smiling - just flash teeth!) and sometimes takes a while to react. When it does thought it does a good job and takes 3 shots very fast, which gets rid of red eye. This can produce some amazing shots of friends and no-one get left out, the only other issue is that the shots can look strange in non-natural light.
The guide settings have more options to make slight changes to colouring and light, but also do seem to overlap a little with other settings.
Overall this camera is a good little point and shoot with many choices for a user to improve their shots.
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