"Great Travel Camera Rugged! Usefull wide lens"4.0 starson by rmstudio
Pros: 1st and important Has WIDE lens, rugged,hotshoe,rotating monitor
Cons: deep menu interface.
Summary: This is a great camera for about 80 percent of the market. I am a professional photographer as in making my living as one "Not a weekend warrior" Most reviews sites and sales people give really bad advice. First ignore Megapixal#'s as they mean little difference if a 5meg verses a 6meg if the lens is crap or if the camera is slow and the biggest factor image quality the processor and software of the camera. This camera is perfect for alot of users because its one of the FEW cameras out there that truely has a "WIDE" angle lens 27mm in 35mm which is extremly handy and what most snapshooters really need. I cant believe how many websites and packaging promotes or suggest a more powerfull or longer length zoom! How many times are people taking a group shot and cant fit everyone in and has to back up 20 feet to get everyone or everything into the picture? then they are to far away for the flash to work? When you vacation dont you need a wider lens to fit those Mountain and Landscape shots or those Interior building photos? Most snapshooters I repeat DO NOT need a 100mm or longer zoom and would use a 32mm or wider lens much more often. THis is one of those cameras that uses this. The camera is very rugged "Die Cast Metal body" its tough I have dropped the thing on cement from about 5 feet and its still fine! cant believe it. The camera has a hotshoe which is usefull to add a bigger flash or connect to studio strobes. It has a Flip rotating LCD monitor which is great for putting the camera on a tripod and taking self portraits or seeing what the camera sees when you are standing in front of the camera. Also if you take low or high angle photos "Standing in a crowd and holding camera above your head" The camera even comes with a wireless remote included! most other cameras do not have any remotes or they cost extra up to 100$. The camera is semi compact not ultra but is extra tough and well built. I can not believe that "Cnet" says to compare and buy the Pentex model over this one! Who rights your reviews "CNET"??? the pentex didnt have a wide angle lens! it only barely had a 38mm lens which barely passes as a wide lens. It doesnt have a flip viewfinder like the olympus its not made of a metal tough body like the olympus 5060. The battery also had some impressive running times. I bought this camera as my snapshot and vacation camera also in case either of my Canon #OS 20D's or my Canon Mark II Ds where to go out for back up in my camera bag without taking up to much room. Remember people Numbers and mega pixals & 3X and 5x or 20X zooms dont mean anything. What really mattes on lenses is the actual Focal length of the lens. Who cares if a lens is 10X if its not the Length or MM focal length that you need! 10X description doenst tell you size of a lens. You could spend more money on a bigger X sizer of lens and it could be of no use to you so why go on that spec? The image quality of this camera is great you can easily blow up photos to 16x20 if you do things correctly in processing of the image. The reverse goes for the rule of thumb if you dont do the processing right on a bigger megapixal image you blow it up and print it.