Pros Slim and compact. Lots of options for shooting. Bright view screen. Very intelligent software always seems to select the correct mode for the best picture in AUTO settings.
Cons No viewfinder (I'm old fashioned). No stereo sound for video mode.
Summary Used to have a Canon Sx3is. After 1.5 years the zoom stopped working. Loved the zoom range but found camera a little large so didn't always have the camera with us when we wanted it. I spent many years as a professional photographer so was a little hesitant to purchase such a small camera. Have now owned camera for several months, and am very pleasantly surprised at both image quality and sophistication of software. Very rarely have to manually change change things (and even then mostly because I want to not because I have to). Solid construction and easy to use controls. And since the size is so small we generally have it with us all the time. Not quite pocket size but certainly very close. Would definitely buy this camera again if needed.
Pros zoom. styling
Cons picture quality, weight
Summary have had this camera for about 2 weeks. Pictures in sunlight were great and zoom is great. Pictures from NYE at night were not so great. Flash in bad location and pictures without flash were grainy and blurry. Menu is confusing.
Pros it is a very nice small camera. Great to the touch, and easy to carry around. the screen is very beautiful and color is bright and works in bright sunlight.
Cons the flash really is in the worst possible place on the camera. my fingers have blocked it on many shots. Very non-user friendly. I have read the manual but still has way too many features for a basic point to shoot user. too many modes to show from.
Summary On a bottom line, it is a somewhat great camera. I do mean this because 1) the flash is in the wrong place, block by my finger on many shots. 2) pictures were blurry but probably i wasn't using the right mode. 3) controls are very complicated, not to a point where one can't use it. but it is way too complex for a point and shoot camera. 4) you need a tripod just to get very steady clear pictures. 5) very bad video quality, i do mean pixelated video. 5) very bad pictures regarding night pictures. you def need a tripod, but still not very good pictures.After a month, i have decided to sell the camera. The camera is not worth keeping. No matter how i try i can't get clear pictures. The night scene is useless, and u can't even take any nice pictures in the dark. Exposure is non existence and the image stabilizer is so good, it's not even their. i don't recommend anyone buying this camera. Go for the f200EXR instead. But right now i am going back to Casio and getting the ex-h15 that just came out.
i just brought the camera to a park. and took pictures of fall and leafs just to test my camera. On the camera the pictures seem to look crisp, but when it downloaded onto the computer,some of it was blurry. The test video was very low quality. the best pictures was the ones where i use a tripod. not very good motion detection. i had a casio Z50 before and the exr it is still a step up. overall if your looking for a simple point and shoot camera. this is not for you as it many options to choose from. you would need accesories to get this the best out of this camera. and that is only on the pictures not video.
Updated on May 9, 2010