"Best picture quality in sub-$200 compact market"4.5 starson by drotschmann
Pros: Excellent picture quality, small size, ease of operation, picture controls sufficient for point and shoot, flash excellent for fill flash in bright sunlight, colors
Cons: small size can be tricky to hold, photos rapidly get noisy above ISO 100
Summary: I am an amateur photographer and shoot with Nikon gear. I needed a simple point and shoot for my wife and didn't want to spend too much. This is an excellent choice for that purpose. The picture quality is excellent. There are a few tricks to get the best quality: Set picture size to "M" (5 MP), set color controls to "C" for custom and max. our sharpening, leave contrast alone, while maxing out "saturation". This will give you fantastically sharp and colorful pictures. I also set the cam to ISO 100 since it often early raises ISO beyond 100 even in bright light. Noise becomes a very limiting factor beyond ISO 100-200 and is already annoying at ISO 400. The fact many people overlook is that less pixels lead to sharper images, while more pixels will yield more detail when the picture is blown up to 100%.
Bottom line this camera fits the bill when you need a simple point and shoot and if you use the above settings you get excellent picture quality too...... all this for $129 too !!!!