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      03.03.2014 22:01

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      Fantastic for the first few months

      The Samsung ES55 looks sophisticated, not too bulky, and takes quality photos.
      When I first received this digital camera I was over the moon. It looks sleek, isn't too big, and not too heavy to hold. The camera is straightforward to use, so anyone would be able to work it - of course it does come with instructions, but even without the manual you can use it right away.
      The camera is easy to link up to your laptop/computer too.

      The camera was perfect until, 6 months down the line, the lens got stuck, and wouldn't come out, meaning I couldn't take any photos. This was a huge disappointment as until then the camera had been perfect.
      At the same time I purchased mine, my friend received the exact same product for her birthday and, exactly as mine had, 6 months down the line her camera stopped working too. Once she had got her camera fixed (I couldn't afford to as it was an additional £50) hers then broke again, just as it had before, another 7/8 months down the line.

      If you did like the look of this camera, I would definitely advise to get some form of warranty/insurance on it as this problem seems to be recurrent in the model, at least for people I know.

      (The camera fault wasn't due to our own mistreatment of the product)

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      10.01.2012 22:29
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      A lot of camera for a little money

      I purchased the Samsung ES55 as a cheap and easy camera to take travelling and, to be honest I had every expectation of either losing or breaking it so was not concerned by a low price tag. I tried it out a little at home and was extremely impressed with the little camera's functionality- accessible menus and easy on-board editing and photo style control gives a "happy snap" feel to the camera. Fast autofocus, good quality video and nice image quality, with actually quite lovely colouring, make for a great piece of kit for an interested amateur and a good battery life and useful PC suite only further this. As a usual DSLR user, it must be said that there is perhaps too little control over finer points of photography and the zoom capabilities leave something to be desired, but don't be put off, this is excellent value for money.

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      30.06.2011 02:36
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      A hardy, easy-to-use camera with some useful features at a very tempting price

      Alright, I admit it - I'm a bit of a Samsung freak. Having had a poolside incident with my last camera, I saw the ES55 in Boots for £99 - around two years ago now, and thought I'd snap it up (gotta love Triple Advantage Card Points!). It was with me for around 18 months until my little boy decided to chew on it, when I promptly replaced it with exactly the same model. It wasnt just down to the very reasonable price - I simply love the camera.

      At 10.2MP it isnt fantastically high-range, but it's perfect for my usage - family snaps and the occasional holiday or night out. It is very simple to use (so simple, in fact, that my rather elderly grandmother managed to work it out) and the quality is absolutely fine for uploading to Facebook or Ebay, which is where most of my snaps usually end up. It came with a useful wrist strap, full instructions and the charger, plus the software to upload photos to your computer (Samsung PCStudio). It has several useful features like red-eye reduction, facial detection, and shoots videos as well as taking photographs.

      I was slightly annoyed at the lack of memory card when it arrived, as I hoped to take it out the same evening, but I should have read the description properly really, shouldnt I? I could also gripe about the display screen being a little sensitive - mine depixilated at all four corners - but again, I think that is more down to my rather rough handling of it. Actually, it is quite impressively robust, having stood stoically through several raucous evenings out, droppings down the stairs and sittings-on and still being in perfect working order.

      A final mention for the battery life, which seems like it could go on forever. I charge mine around once a month and use it pretty regularly.

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      13.08.2010 00:47
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      Never had an issue.

      `People always say that that I take too many pictures. Whenever the kids are messy, clean, sleeping or awake, I see it as an opportunity to take a photograph. The only thing is I never really had a good camera, I used to buy disposables and get just them printed, but the running costs of doing this were too high, so I started looking for a digital one. I went through one or two before I bought this one for my trip to see my fiancé. It was £65.

      The camera is very small and trendy-looking. It is a flat square with the lens flat as well. The benefit of the plat lens is that it fits into your bag with no bother. The size of the camera allows you to take it out nightclubbing and put it in a small purse or handbag, which is useful as nights out is a time for using your camera. The colour is a deep purple, making it look trendy, modern and expensive. The screen at the back is very large allowing you to get a good view of photos. Sometimes, it is hard with camera when you take a picture and you are unsure if it is a good one or not because the screen is so small. Well, you most certainly won't that that problem with this camera!

      The camera is very easy to use which is useful for people like myself who aren't very good with technology. You press the 'power' button which then pushes the camera lens out automatically. This gives you a better picture, a better focus, without taking up all the space in your handbag. I find that being a small camera, all the control buttons are also very small so this can be a problem is you have big fingers or bad sight!

      It is easy to use as I said, but I still haven't mastered how to get the flash on. What you have to do is press a button, scroll down to the 'auto-detect', and hope that the camera thinks that there is a flash needed. However, it is pretty smart how the camera knows that you are needing the flash. You need to do this every time you want to take a photo and use flash with it. It can become irritating. You also need to do this if you want a 'timer' on. It comes in '2 seconds' and '10 seconds'

      The most important feature of the camera, is the picture quality. This is absolutely fantastic and it takes quality pictures. I have never had a dodgy picture with this camera and I love taking photos because they are quick, easy, and it's not annoying to have to carry the camera around everywhere. I have tried taking videos, and although they are good quality it doesn't record for more than 9 seconds.

      This is a great little camera and I highly recommend it.

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      19.07.2010 17:52
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      Samsung ES55 Digital Camera

      Great looking camera for the price.

      I'm not a huge fan of Samsung cameras preferring Panasonic or Sony, however this camera is quite smart looking for a Samsung Budget Camera. REtailing at £58 approx what you get for your money is a great little camera.

      It has a brushed steel effect finish which clearly is nicer looking than the plastic finish of other Samsung models. It also boasts a large 2.5" Intelligent LCD screen which makes viewing pictures and menu options easy. One thing that is very clevere which I havent come accross before is that it has intelligent LCD brightness which automatically detects environmental illumination and so alterts the LCD brightness accordingly to enable you to view the screen better. This would come in really handy on a bright sunny day, as with there not being a viewfinder, there is nothing worse than having to 'shoot blind' because you cant see on the screen the image your taking.

      In terms of the actual taking a picture, it has an impressive 10.2 megapixels. Now I know your probably thinking 10.2 isnt that high, but for a camera under £60 I think that that is brilliant.

      Like the Sony cameras it also has a face detection function that enables you to take better portrait pictures as it is able to tell the face frpm the rest of the background and then adjust it accordingly. Also similarly to Sony it has a beauty shot feature which alters facial photos to reduce blemishes and make you look healthier, as opposed to having a greyish dull tinge other cameras can leave you with.This goes well wuth the 'Self portrait' mode which, again like the Sony has Face recognition technology.

      It has the other usual features such as movie mode, red eye fix, digital image stabolisation and an auto sensitivity feature that adjusts the USO up to 1600.

      The camera is really easy to use with the menu being self explanatory with text illustrating the different functions. the only downside is that you have to go through the menu to select the different functions as opposed to sliding a wheel on the side of the camera.

      It has a rechargeable Lithium battery which again is excellent for the price. All in all for the price of the camera, I cant fault it!

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        14.06.2010 22:02
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        A very good simple camera that takes good quality pictures.

        I bought this camera for my mum for her 50th Birthday. It's a great camera for those who aren't particularly tech-savvy as the menus are easy to navigate and taking photos is really straightforward (basically point and shoot).

        Once the pictures are taken it's a simple process to get them onto your computer via a USB cable. With 10 Megapixels the pictures are of a high standard. The camera is small enough to fit in any handbag or pocket and it comes with a wrist strap if you're handbag or pocketless.

        The only downside to this camera is the battery life. We have found during recent weddings and christenings that the camera ran out of power half way through the day. So, this camera is mainly good for events where a few photographs will be taken at time rather than for a day of solid snapping. However, if you feel like carrying a spare set of batteries, it won't cause you problem.

        Overall, very straight forward and good value for money.

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          14.06.2010 11:50
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          Very good value for money

          I recieved this fantastic camera last year as a gift for my birthday. Within a few days after recieving it, unfortunately another family member had dropped it causing the camera lense to break. I immediately contacted Samsung, and within a week of sending my camera back to them to fix it, they sent me out the same brand new camera free of charge. Great company!

          This camera takes fantastic pictures and videos and is probably just as good as any other top SLR cameras. The camera is a very good price and cost my family just £89.99 from Dixons (the camera is probably slightly cheaper now as that was last year it was purchased). It is very lightweight and can easily be taken with you on holiday etc, as it is fairly small.

          It is a 10.2 mega pixel camera and has a 3x optical zoom which means the images come out very clear and sharp. It also has a lot of features you can use such as red-eye adjustment and face-detection. There are also many lighting features which can be used on the camera. The camera takes normal AA batteries which dont last very long if you are using the camera a lot. However it will also take rechargeable batteries which will last alot long and saves money. The manual it comes with is very simple and easy to read. The camera also comes with a wrist strap to prevent damage.

          Overall, this is a fantastic camera which takes excellent high-quality pictures and is a very good value for money!

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            24.02.2010 22:02
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            Ideal camera for most

            This camera is a little gem, just the perfect size to take anywhere and with enough features to keep most people happy. Obviously, it is not at the top end of the market, and demanding customers will ask for more advanced and up-to-date models, but if you are looking for a middle of the range camera then I would certainly recommend it. It has quite a few programmes to select from beside the usual automatic setting and video recording, and a good 10.2 mega pixels, so the pictures are sharp, bright and focussed even indoors or with very little light. The battery seems to last a long time too. I must admit I have only tried out a couple of features(hence 3 stars only), and that's why I would say it's ideal for people like me, who love good pictures but do not want to go to the trouble of selecting fiddly menus and options. It may be a bit slow compared to pricier ones, you have to keep the button pressed for a little while to take the picture if light conditions are less than ideal, but so far I have had no problem with it and consider it a good buy for £79.99 from Argos.

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              09.02.2010 13:36
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              Stylish looking camera

              I bought this camera from Boots at a good price. It is a nice stylish looking camera and reasonably slim. There is no memory card included so I had to spend around £10 more on a 1gb memory card, I didn't realise the extra cost when I bought it. Also, it doesn't come with a camera case as some of the other cameras do so again I had to spend around £5 for a good sturdy case. It has lots of functions but the night function isn't very good as the pictures don't come out great. The flash is fantastic as the pictures come out clear in daylight and in low light. It's also good for those who close their eyes when there is a flash as it has two flashes with a gap of about 1-2 seconds between each flash. I have had no photo's with red eyes which is really good. Overall, a good reasonably priced camera to buy.

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                18.01.2010 21:37
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                A great little camera at a great little price, you will be thrilled with the quality and design.

                I bought this camera in ASDA at the incredible price of £75 in a gorgeous chrome silver colour (pictured). I am probably one of the most indecisive shoppers around, so when it came to buying a digital camera, I was thoroughly confused by the choice and newly released technology, meaning every week a new camera with more mega pixels and better zoom and a toaster built in was released! This certainly does not making chosing easy!

                Well, thanks to the advice of the very helpful assistant in ASDA, I was able to finally decide on the Samsung ES55 and have no regrets! Ok, so how do you chose the right camera for you? It's all about accepting there is SO much variety but making sure you know what you want, that way you can really trim down the choice. Also, pick a reliable brand and as I have been informed, Samsung are one of the best. I had originally set my sights on the Sony Cybershot W270 camera, which I tried in Tesco to find it had truely excellent picture quality (a 12MP and a price tag of nearly £200, this might be expected!) However, it's very difficult to get a feel for a camera in the forgiving settings of a store- there is always perfect light conditions and it's easy to get a good picture. So, why didn't I buy this model? Well, I was told that Sony (although I still believe them to be a good make), are not only very expensive, but use a lot of parts from other manufacturers, so whilst you are paying for a Sony product, you may be buying a Fujifilm lense (you get the idea). Not to mention, I couldn't really afford a Sony, although I had been willing to make exceptions. However, I was advised that perhaps, unless I was a professional photographer planning to blow pictures up to A1/A2 size, I would not notice the difference compared to a cheaper model with slightly less megapixels. Thus, I was directed towards the 10MP Samsung ES55.

                I had wanted something with excellent picture quality that I could use in low light conditions, taking pictures in clubs and indoors. I would also use the camera to take pictures for my business. But, more poignantly, I needed something cheap! I'm pretty broke and I had expected to fork out quite a lot for a quality camera to meet my requirements. I'm also quite interested in art, so as a hobby, had intended on taking up a bit of photography. When buying a camera, it would be helpful to make a list of your primary needs and budget and see what falls into your category. I was told this would be the Samsung.

                Sorry if I am droning on at this stage, but I really do think the performance of a camera is heavily reliant on your requirements for that camera and this is a serious consideration. Whilst this camera greatly suits my needs, it may not suit yours, so please think about this before comitting to buy.

                At this point, I was interested in the Samsung and after being wowed by it's low price-tag and the offer to return it should it not meet the performance I had expected, I was sold. My first impressions was only of its appearance (you cannot try cameras out in ASDA). The front is solid metal casing, whilst the back is more plasticy, with a large screen and directional buttons. This was my first and last worry about this camera- I'm clumsy and I didn't want to break the device by dropping it and shattering the apparently fragile back cover. However, I have nothing to worry about. I have had this camera for a few months now and it's a good, solid piece of equipment. However, I invested in a case for all of £3 and it's payed for itself, protecting the LCD screen as well as the camera. Highly recommended! I keep my camera mostly at home, so it doesn't have too hard a life bashing around in my bag or getting wet in the rain, so I couldn't tell you about those conditions, but I can say, take care of this camera and it will last well (so far!).

                I'm not a massive tech-head and I have no patience at all, but I was able to use this camera without reading the instructions (which are well laid out, should I have not been so lazy). Just point and shoot, so easy! You will need to buy an sd (memory) card and since this camera has video function, I would recommend (again depending on your planned usage) getting a 4GB memory card for video. I have a 1GB sd card so far and have been able to store well over 100 pictures on it, but I regularly upload them onto my computer, which is no chore as you simply plug it in. Easy peasy.

                I know I have rambled on loads by now and you are probably weary of reading my review, so I'll summarise with a few points on performance. This camera has EXCELLENT software, SO easy to use with so many functions. There is a beauty mode where you can retouch pictures (girlies be grateful!) and various other functions which you can find on the website (I'll try to link this in later). Pictures are pefecto nearly every time, just point and shoot! The most helpful feature I have found so far is the zoom. Not before taking a picture, but after. Ever had that flash reflecting off a surface (grr) when taking pics of shiny things? Well, stand a little further away and take the picture (don't worry about getting surroundings in, this can be trimmed later). Then use the zoom (+ button at the top rigth) to zoom into the desired area with surprising definition and trim! Ace.

                Oh and another thing, recharging this camera is lemon-squeezy, since you just plug it in via the USB/ mains charger. Battery life is great and apparently outsmarts AAA battery cameras hands down (I have only had to charge my camera a few times since I got it).

                Please have a butchers at this website to see the specs I promised: http://www.cameras.co.uk/specs/samsung-es55.cfm
                Ok, I think I got everything. I did write a longer review but argh pressed the back button! If I think of anything else, I'll add it on later!

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                Child mode to enable quick pictures (e.g. children/ pets who are always scrambling out of shot!);
                Fast shutter speed and flash charge.

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                  18.01.2010 21:00
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                  Brilliant camera for anyone wanting point-and-shoot simplicity with added extras

                  I have been searching for a nice and easy, point-and-shoot digital camera for ages- the Canon Powershot killed batteries within minutes, the Nikon Coolpix ironically didn't take very cool pics, basically they just didn't live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong, I'm a teacher not a photographer, but all I wanted was a camera which takes good quality photos, for not much money (as it would probably get covered in paint/glue/playdoh). As it happens, the Samsung ES55 didn't cost me any money at all as it was a Christmas present, but I believe it retails at around the £80 mark which I think is excellent value for money. So far I am very pleased with it, and it look like it could be the best camera I've ever owned. I shall now tell you why...

                  ****Basic Info****
                  Light and portable, durable aluminium exterior (durability being very important for me) in a nice, glossy black colour (also available in pink, silver and grey I believe), this camera is nice enough to look at. It has a 2.5" LCD screen which is a good size, and nice and clear too. It isn't cluttered with too many buttons, which is good, although this does mean that you have to go to the menu screen in order to choose many functions, which can be a bit of a pain. The camera comes with a very brief and basic Quick Start manual, software CD-Rom (with more detailed user manual), rechargeable battery, AC adapter/USB cable, A/V cable, and wrist strap. Sadly, no case, and you'll need a memory card too.

                  ****'Techie' Stuff****
                  The features included on this camera far exceeded my expectations. With 10.2 megapixels, the quality of pictures from this camera is really very good for the price range. It also boasts Digital Image Stabilisation (DIS) to prevent images blurring, and Face Detection Technology- you can even set it to bleep when your face is in position should you want to take a self-portrait! It has a 3x optical zoom and Red eye fix option which is always useful. As I mentioned before, lack of buttons means you have to go to the menu to choose most features and functions, so I'll give a quick rundown of what's available...

                  ****Main Menu****
                  Mode- choose auto, program, DIS, scene, movie, and a really nice feature- Photo Help Guide. This basically helps you choose which function to use for the ideal shot. The 'scene' mode includes amongst others landscape, portrait, night and something called 'beauty shot' which automatically picks up on any imperfections (spots etc) and retouches them- a bit like airbrushing! There are three different levels for this, depending how rough you're looking! You can also retouch pictures after taking them, which I'll go into more in a bit.
                  Functions- choose Face Detection Technology, ISO, Photo style (soft, vivid etc.), voice memo. I particularly like the 'voice memo' option which lets you record a 10 second sound byte to accompany a photo- great for recording where and when the shot was taken etc.
                  The menu also offers sound, display and settings options so you can have your camera as you personally want it.

                  ****Playback Menu****
                  When in playback mode the menu offers a brilliant editing palette where you can resize, rotate, readjust and retouch your photos. So if you forget to choose 'beauty shot' mode before taking the shot, not to worry, you can airbrush later- utter genius! You can also record your voice memo on any photo, arrange your pictures as a slide show and add music.

                  ****Ease of use****
                  Rechargeable battery lasts AGES, easy to charge with the adapter. Very easy to use- I am already getting used to the menu and am getting much quicker at choosing different functions. Of course you can always leave it on 'auto' and it's even easier! Comes with USB cable for transferring files, either by dragging or saving, but to be honest I use my card reader for this.

                  ****Summary****
                  All in all a fantastic camera for the price- definitely the best I've used in this price range. Lots of features, and not just for gimmicky purposes- they're actually really useful. Easy to use and so nice not having to charge the battery every five minutes. The only disadvantage I have found is having to go to the menu screen so often- but this does get easier and quicker as you familiarise yourself with the features, so I'm not deducting any stars because of it!

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                  07.01.2010 16:02
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                  all u need to take good high quality pics and the camera is a reasonable price when searched.

                  I got this camera for my son, u might laugh, he is only 4-1/2 yrs old. He loved when we were on our holiday and we would buy him a disposable camera to start with knowing that if it was dropped not much damage would come to it and they r pretty cheap. Because he enjoyed taking the pics and everytime we spent money on 2 or 3 disposable camera's and ok photo's, i decided it was probably worth buying him a real camera as he was very careful with it and in the end it would cost less buying a digital camera that can be used over and over.

                  So we looked up reasonable priced digital camera's and found this one to be the best in the market from the brand, cost and mega-pixels. I have a 6.3mp digital camera and i thought mines was great, that was until i used this one which is a 10.2mp. The flash works really quick, u don't have to hold down the shutter button for long before a picture is taken(a few secs holding the button and it's done),The pictures come out really bright and clear. The flash is very strong esp if ur in a very dull room.

                  The camera is very easy to use for simple tasks for young and old that don't want loads of different buttons to press. It has a review button at bottom to view all ur pics taken and right beside it u have a delete button so that when u are viewing pics and u don't want one, then it is so easy to do, as that button is right beside the review button at bottom also. My son, after i showed him once how to review and delete can now do that all by himself easily without any fuss.

                  It has additional functions available like smile and face recognition, slideshow with or without background music or theme, self timer, zoom, flash, slim-line and compact in size. Also u have a video recorder and inbuilt voice recording for a message to leave on it.

                  All in all this camera is a really good buy and will last a very long time.

                  Go for this camera, u won't be disappointed.

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                    Camera to get

                    I picked this camera up on sale from Amazon and its been a wonderful buy. The Samsung ES55 camera has got 10.2 Megapixels on it so the quality of the pictures are really clear. The pictures come out fine all the time for me so far and nothing has gone wrong.When taking pictures at night they come out clear but a little dark sometimes.

                    If you adjust the settings a little then the pictures come out with plenty of light even in the night! Never has any picture taken on this camera so far come out blurred for me as the quality of the pictures has always been clear.

                    The camera's battery life is also very strong you can take up to 300 photos with out the battery going when fully charged. If you let go of the camera a little early when taking a photo then it does end up coming out wrong. Sometimes the camera also is slow at loading the pictures up when you view them in your camera. You can not take pictures quality with this as it takes time for it to load up for the next picture to be taken.

                    So far it has been a good buy as most of the pictures have come in good quality. All the pictures are coming out well so the camera is doing its magic with the photo's!

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                      19.11.2009 14:34
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                      Brilliant camera for the price.

                      I got this camera over a year ago. I bought it from Argos for £80 as it was on special and it is on special again now at the same price.

                      It is a great camera for the price that it is and takes brilliant clear pictures. I do have a couple of problems with it though. First thing being that the flash has a delay sometimes and you end up standing there waiting on the picture being taken! Also having rechargeable batteries is a must. I have had to send it back to samsung four times to be repaired, via argos due to the lens zooming out and becoming stuck and not coming back in. That said, since I have bought the rechargeable ones, this hasn't happened and is perfect otherwise. The video's that it takes are also of very high quality, in fact higher quality than my sony digital camcorder! It is easy to use and a great feature is being able to take still's from the video's, which I done on firework night!

                      The camera is fairy easy to use and durable too, having a one year old, who has dropped it a few times!

                      You do need to buy a memory card for this camera as it will only store around 5 photos before it says memory full. I got one of these from Argos too at £12.

                      Great all round camera and cheap too!

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                        Great picture quality, easy to use but flash too slow

                        My sister bought me this camera for my Birthday, I'm not sure how much she paid for it but she said it wasn't much for the quality of the actual camera.

                        The camera's first test was when I took it to Vegas, I found that it took pictures in the dark (of the casino lights) extremely well as my sister struggled with hers coming out blurred. The menu touchpad can be a bit fiddly but easily navigated.

                        I find that taking pictures when the flash is on very slow, although I very rarely turn it on as it takes a picture just as well without it on and the pictures seem to come out a little too bright with it on.

                        I haven't quite figured out all of the different settings yet but I find that with all of the camera's I have owned.

                        Basically when it comes down to it this is an excellent camera, easy to use with great picture quality and not too expensive!

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