Pros great zoom lens, excellent macro, easy to use, long life battery, uses AA's which are available anywhere vs a proprietary battery, light weight. excellent picture quality. Supports SDHC which makes the 32 gig card I got my son last a long time.
Cons No strap included to hold the lens cap when it's not on the lens.
Summary Very pleased with the capabilities, picture quality and performance of this camera!
Pros 30x Optical Zoom
Better pictures than our small compact point and shoot
1/4 the cost of a mid-range dSLR
AA Battery powered (not proprietary rechargable)
Easier to switch from playback to shoot
Better zoom control
Cons Battery ONLY (no power input)
Battery compartment on bottom (can't replace on tripod)
Data card located under camera with batteries (can't replace on tripod)
Viewer is eye or lcd only, not both
Error when powering up with lens cap on (restart!?!)
Summary Very disappointed in this camera, compared to the Fujifilm S7000 I am replacing. Considering taking it back.
While there are some definite improvements over my old camera (better optical zoom, more megapixels, panorama mode, HD video), there are a ton of features missing and some really inconvenient features.
Because of the power zoom lens, the camera cannot start with the lens cap on. Well, it will turn on, but give you an error forcing you to turn it off and turn it back on.
The cameras battery compartment door is flimsy with an extra "trigger" to open. This makes it hard to open and close. It is also on the bottom of the camera, which means (since it has no a/c jack) you cannot change the batteries while using a tripod.
The SDHC data card is also located in the battery area, which means you can't replace the data card on a tripod.
While lighter, it seems more "plastic" than my old camera.
You cannot have the eye-view and LCD on at the same time.
I do prefer the more traditional zoom control and I like the ability to switch between playback and shoot with the new controls.
I am not a professional photographer, so I don't "need" a dSLR (although I was considering it). When I saw this new Fujifilm S4500 for about 1/4 the cost of a decent dSLR, and since I liked my old FujiFilm S7000 (10 years old - the viewer/sensor went bad in it), I decided to save the cash and just replace what I had that took great shots in the past.
Whoops! Little did I know how many features were missing from this newer model that I preferred on my last one. (data storage on the side, a/c jack). I don't like returning things, but I am afraid this one is going back.
Sorry, FujiFilm! I loved the S7000 since 2002. I wish this camera had been a better replacement for that one.
Pros auto mode
lots of manual modes
digital manual on the cd has way more info, read it
Cons don't forget to take the lens cap off before you turn it on!
only sees 8gb memory cards
Summary the best thing about this camera is that it is just a point and shoot digital camera with a big 30x zoom lens. but when you learn all the features and how to change them you can take extraordinary photos with it. my 13 yr old daughter is learning how to use this to take photos at her church functions and at her dance studio. she is becoming quite the photographer. it is a great learning camera
Pros High MP
Seems easy to use
Cons No strap BUT you can purchase a camera package at HSN for under 200$
Summary Really want to jumpstart my photography and I believe this will help me tremendously!