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Ive not long owned this camera. It is best described as a cross between a digital compact and a digital slr. I say this because you have more control over the camera than you would with a point and shoot compact.
It is only 4MB but produces images as good if not better than a camera with greater pixels.
You can either use the autofocus or manually focus. It is an easy camera to use and a nice feature is the fact that it has both a viewfinder and also a screen to view the images on. It is alot lighter than it looks and is available in both black and silver models, I have the black one and i personally think it looks better in that colour.
It appeals to the passionate photographer as it has a leica lens therefore great image capture.
The 12x optical zoom is great but ive not tried the digital zoom as yet.
It has captured great photos at night on both the night setting and also when i turned the setting off.
It uses SD cards which are cheap and a 2GB one can be picked up new on ebay in the region of £12. This size is worth having as you can get alot of images on one card even when set to the maximum quality.
As its an old model it is currently only available on the second hand market. But i paid in the region of £75 for it. It cant use the HDSC unfortuantly. So the normal 2GB SD cards are the largest it can use.
I thoroughly recommend it to those just starting out in digital photography or those looking to upgrade from a compact digital.
It has a fast start up compared to most digital cameras which have a delay before you can use them and also before you can view the image you have taken.