"Best quality pocket digital to date"4.5 starson by scottthesculptor
Pros: solid, gripable, best LCD, gorgeous images, serious tech
Cons: nit: no usb mass storage driver, but reader is smaller than cable so who cares
Summary: Bright sharp 230,000 pixel LCD
View angle so low that if you can see the glass you can still see the image. Arms length shots over the crowd are possible.
Aweome user interface. You'll get hooked on the "command dial", easy way to make on the fly manual changes to take proper pictures.
Uh yes, this is a photographers pocket digital - optical viewfinder, flash shoe, neck strap, PASM, it's just very small
Onto the gorgeous images. I've seen some reviews calling the high iso modes "useless".
Try this: put the mode dial in "Buddhist Palm" mode (or whatever they call the quaky hand thing), then take a shot while quickly moving the camera.
You'll get an incredibly noisy image - but holy cow! there is a credible image where there should be nothing but blobs of dark colors. Third party magic algorithms can clean up some of the noise.
Now grab a tripod and set the iso to 64 for some very rich, un-noisy images.
Macro at 1.6" makes a dime bigger than 8.5x8.5@600dpi and every scratch shows.
59 min and 37 secs of movie fits on a 4GB card
mamiya 645 in the early 80s
took 3 years of mundane images before deciding photography wasn't my talent
a few pocket 35mm then digitals, canon s20, nikon p4, and now the p5100.
but you never forget f-stops