"Compact, fast bootup, quick shots"4.0 starson by Nataku4ca
Pros: 1. rugged - hey it can take a beating/water/dust/freeze/heat, thats more than enough for most of us
2. fast boot - only takes 1~2 sec to boot up, though for this price range u would expect that
3. quick shot even in low light
4. made in japan, doesn't
Cons: 1. shots are on the softer side i agree
2. video can be clearer and with less shaking, but its not bad by any stretch
3. software provided that does format conversion is not good...
Summary: Ok, this camera is rugged as suggested which is really the biggest selling point for these devices. Shots are a bit softer compared to non-rugged cameras, but thats to be expect so i don't see a reason to take much marks off because of this.
The important part is it boots fast so u can get photos that appear in situations that go away quickly such as animals. The shutter is fantastic it takes shots quickly even in low light. blur only occurs when the object decides to move the moment u take the shot. hand shake is not an issue with this camera.
video has its own dedicated button which is a major plus, making switching between the two fast especially when ur on the go. only problem is i don't see a need to go 1080 as the camera can not take that high of a quality video, 720 is both good enough and requires less space. mic will record wind even when in doors which isn't really that big of an issue (back ground noise), but u can always turn wind noise canceling on to minimize impact.
software isn't really useful, but i never like manufacturer provided software so... up to u to decide
it feels GREAT in hand, this is just a personally feeling so do go in the store to play with it
one last thing, this things actually have lots of controls, make sure u set all parameters to ur preference before u head out, otherwise u will be trying to configure it while on the go (not a good thing) some of the control are a few too many button press away for quick maneuvers so learn them before hand in order to be able to quickly change things.
GPS<= very important, i suggest turning it off until u are near the location u want it on and give it a good 10 min to locate the satellites other wise 1, when the camera is off gps stays on and u'll be surprised when the battery runs out and 2, not enough time to locate will screw u over thinking that u geo tagged... lastly airplane mode is really imho useless as it takes a while to recapture the satellites anyways so it's better to leave it on if u know u want it
believe me this is a good buy, some of the points sound worse than it is, but they really aren't bad points just things to watch out for (it happens to other cameras too really..)