"Decent camera for a beginner and intermediate level"3.5 starson by marinman
Pros: Zoom, Fair quailty pictures, Super Burst speed pictures. $ cost/ value
Cons: sometimes it is slow to auto focus or won't focus. slow trigger response. Zoom take getting used to, button speed timing is something you have to get used to.
Summary: Pros: Great zoom capabilities and burst speed shots. That is why I bought it. Had multiple settings for burst speed results, which is very good. I used it at a softball game and got decent acceptable results. Colors seem to be accurate and fair in low level lighting situations. Good in good light also. I took them early evening. Also, some from the big screen TV and looked decent. ALSO, the cost factor. This was the best for the bucks that I had researched out. I was swaying toward the Olympus Zoom models UZ series, but the cost factor was great with those and Nikon's which would have brought the cost closer to the digital SLR types so I choose this one and don't regret buying it so far. see below.
Cons: I had read in other reviews of the lack of focus, which I had a hard time believing, but I did a burst shoot, and none of the pictures were focused at all. I noticed it and tried again and got them focused. So, this camera does have an auto focus concern, which can be worked around. The button has a slower response than I am used to, I had to replace an Olympus C2100 Super Zoom Camera. So, getting used to this camera's personality so to speak will take getting used to and trying to anticipate shots is harder but once the shot is taken you will probably like the results. Take time to get used to the functions and I think you will get used to the results. As is with all zoom type camera's, you will need a tri-pod to stabilize when doing zoom shots. This is a new camera for me, so I am still getting used to it. I hope this info helps, but for the money, I think it is a great value for the $ I spent. Bought it off the web from a link here a CNET to JR Music/ JR.COM... which I have used them before and like them, but got one of the best prices from them on this deal.