"great camera but a steep price"4.5 starson by smugiri
Pros: Gorgeous LCD, great battery life, multiple functions and options, clear accurately colored point and shoot pictures.
Cons: Price, accessing functions and modes is not intuitive, movies limited to 1GB in size (yes, I know Im nit-picking), LCD screen scratches easy
Summary: Got this camera about 2 weeks ago at Best Buy and I am loving it. I spent another $80 for a 2GB SD card - the largest that they had.
Two weeks in, I really like the camera and find that point and shoot pictures are clear and crisp in the adative focusing mode. The camera shows grid lines which are great for composing shots, has 3 easily accessible flash modes including an auto red eye removal one and changes from normal (portrait?) to macro to infitnity shooting at the click of a single button. The color accent mode is especially cool since you can take black and white pictures with only a single color "picked" out.
The SD630 is VERY expensive for an ultra-compact but the great looking 3' LCD (I don't miss having a tenny viewfinder) and an easy to use menu system that made it easy to do stuff made this a little more palatable. Since this is my first digital camera, I thought that the extra money this camera cost was worth it since the camera does quite a bit to make it easier for you to take good pictures.
I did spend lots of time doing research before buying to make sure I could justiy the price but for the features that the camera offers, no other ultra-compact else came close at this price point expect the Nikon S4 that I could not find in the stores. I especially liked the movide mode functionality that takes video clips since it makes it easier to record little life moments with kids without having to drag a MiniDV cam around as well. Since I have a 2GB SD card, I have captured a couple of largish (15+ minute ) videos of my kid in 640*480 mode but video eats up card space pretty fast. I have not had a chance to try the 320*160 mode but that should be good for about an hour of video according to what I read on the net.
Finding functions within the menus is not that intuitive though since the menus are context driven - when in one mode, they show different options than they do in another. Especially cool is the ability to show histograms with a single click while in View mode. To make the most of this camera though, you really do need to read the manual. This is time well spent though.
I tried the long shutter speed option for a couple of 15 second captures of night scenes and and the pictures turned out even better than I expected.
All in all, I think that this camera is a great buy if you are willing to spend a little extra for the features.