"I wanted to love it."3.5 starson by stevenz66
Pros: Build quality, feel in the hand.
A lot in a compact camera.
Optical viewfinder.(See Cons.)
Very good in low light.
Good flash performance.
Cons: Viewfinder does not zoom with same parallax as lens.
Viewfinder does not refocus when zooming in video.
No information in viewfinder.
Summary: I wanted to love this camera, and I did love it when I got it. But only until I started using it. What I think are flaws may not be everyone's idea of flaws. But the cons listed above are serious for me. The viewfinder might as well be a hole in the camera for all it does. If you rely only on the optical viewfinder when zooming, it's likely you'll get badly off-centered pictures. And why it doesn't refocus when you zoom is a mystery. My cheap Kodak can do that!
When my iPhone can do HDR exposures with one click, why does this camera need three separate exposures and a tripod? Makes HDR useless unless you're being very very serious about a particular shot and have lots of time.
The little wheels in the back are fine for small fingers. I constantly push them accidentally. They aren't designed for quick changes, and have no tactile indicators to distinguish them by feel.
The settings are very confusing to me, and the menus don't seem intuitively organized. I sometimes get settings I don't want then don't know how to get out of them. For example, somehow the 10x setting for video was turned on and I ruined several important videos without knowing it.
Some of my pictures are labeled "unidentifiable image!" What...? Others come out as half frame with the other half grey.
There must be a technological reason why there has to be shutter lag but I think that a camera of this quality shouldn't have any. It's very annoying and makes action shots a guessing game or results in blurred pics.
There are more things I don't like but those are the highlights. For the high spots you can read others' reviews. I wish I could love it like they do. I bought this camera because I wanted something small to travel with but not give up picture quality. Now I'm thinking it's worth lugging the Nikon DSLR around.
Also, I see that of this date, CNet says this is selling, low price, for $699. Ha! You can have mine, little used, unblemished, for $500 with the case! (It's a very nice case.) If I could do it over, I wouldn't buy this. I do so much research on the things I buy I'm rarely disappointed, so this is very unusual for me. Read these reviews and make your decision according to what's important in a camera to you.