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I have had this camera for a few years now, and it is so handy to have around. It is simple and easy to use and takes good photographs.
The camera itself is compact and small enough to fit in a handbag. It has a variety of settings that allow the user to either point and shoot without any fuss, or go into the more detailed settings and play around. It takes stills and videos - something the kids really enjoy using it for!
The flash has various settings including on, off, anti red eye etc. It also has a a variety of scenes you can choose depending on what you are photographing - nightscene, beach&snow, fireworks, backlight, dawn, sunset, text, close up, landscape, children, and portrait.
It's default setting is 7megapixels which is more than adequate for taking everyday photographs. You can decrease this setting if you want to be able to take more photographs. It has a small internal memory as well as taking an SD card. I'm only using a 2GB card and have the camera on it's top settings and can take over 500 photos or over an hour on video.
The battery life is good but gets drained much quicker when using the flash. However, the battery doesn't take long to recharge, but it's always worth checking it if you're planning on taking loads of photographs.
Only problem I've encountered is in the image stability when there is low light etc, but mostly the photos have come out great.
Having only recently moved into the area, we discovered Moors Valley Park by accident. What a great mistake to make!! There is so much to do for all the family, and is cheap day out as you only need to pay for parking.
If you're local to the park, it's well worth getting a pass for the car park. We have just paid £66 for the year to get both our cars in at any time. Well worth the price, and means when friends come to stay, we pile into our cars so we don't need to pay for parking at all.
There is so much to do too. The place is huge and well laid out - and we've definately not seen the whole park yet! Near the entrance are 2 play areas, one designed for smaller children set in a large sand pit, and another for bigger kids with wooden climbing activities, zip wire and slides. Behind this is a lovely lake to walk around, with a nature trail behind that (which goes around the golf club). For a couple of pounds, the shop sells a variety of different activity packs which keep you going for ages. We have the nature trail pack, and still have not completed all 12 points on it!
If you're up for a challenge, Go Ape is available at additional charge throughout the park, or you can hire their segways as a different way to get around. I prefer to stay on the ground and watch all the mad people swinging through the trees instead!
My two kids love the play trail, which gets you walking around the large grounds, stopping off at a variety of kid friendly activities ranging from a maze, to tunnels and a tree top trail.
If you're a keen cyclist there are plenty of trails for you to follow too, and you can hire bikes there if you do not wish to take your own. You can also complete a fitness trail around the park, with various exercises listed throughout to get your blood pumping.
There's plenty of places to stop for a picnic, just be prepared to take all your rubbish home afterwards as there are no bins available.
Overall, it's a great place for everyone to enjoy.
I admit to liking my gadgets - but having owned other brands of bread machines, I can say this is the best yet! It is simple to use, and is amazingly quiet (my previous one certainly was not!).
The machine comes with a few simple recipes in the instruction manual, but also comes with an additional cook book containing many great recipes.
I have baked the quick bread (from ingredients to loaf in less than an hour), wholemeal and white loaves, pizza doughs, cakes, and many other things besides!!
The machine is simple to use, the instructions and control panel are also straightforward - the kids love helping make pizza dough or bread, and have to be encouraged not to sit and watch for the whole bake cycle!
The machine itself is quiet, and doesn't look out of place in my kitchen where I leave it out on the work top for ease of use. The bread pan and mixing blade are quick to clean both by hand or in the dish washer, and I have achieved a perfect bake each time.
When using your own recipes, you can programme the machine to run a cycle how you like, by setting the appropriate mixing, rising and baking times. When I have made cakes, the bake cycle can easily be altered to achieve the perfect bake here too.
With a delay timer, you can wake up to the smell of fresh baked bread - which is perfect for breakfast!
I cannot fault the machine at all!