"Solid but with flaws"3.5 starson by Strv74
Pros: Fantastic zoom, great flash, built well
Cons: Pictures get blurry, no zoom in movies, missplaced control wheel
Summary: This is my fifth digital camera. I have had it for about two months and have taken about 1000 pictures with it during several trips abroad. I also have a Canon, a Casio, a Minolta and a Pentax.
The Camera is a solid product that feels great to work with. The Zoom is fantastic and if you use only the 3 MB mode you will be able to zoom optically out to 15X! Makes it possible to take a lot of pictures at locations that are difficullt and without disturbing people. Compared to my Monolta Dimage Z3 this is an equal capacity but in a much less bulky camera.
The Flash is powerful and most normal indoor pictures come out well. The Minolta Dimage Z3 is awfull indoors.
Unfortunatly there are some negative aspects as well. Worst of all is that some of the colors blur together and you sometimes think you had a 1MB camera! Far from all pictures come out feeling like a they were taken with a 7Mb camera. In all fairness I must confess that I have taken most pictures in the same mode and used all the special modes sparingly. Maybe some of the special modes would correct some of the bad pictures but on the other hand, how will you know at the moment of taken the picture?
The location of the control wheel on top of the camera is to exposed. Almost every time I take the camera out of its case the wheel moves and you have to check it. If you are in a hurry you loose time.
When you use the video mode there is no zoom. Strange enough this is never mentioned in any review of the camera that I have read. Of all my digital cameras only the Minolta has the zoom in video mode. Why?
The Screen is large and ok but in sunlight it is somewhat difficullt to observe even after you have adjusted it for strong light. On the other hand, compared to the Pentax A20 I bought six months ago it is a miracle since the Pentax was absolutly impossible to use outdoors in sunlight.
Battery power is great and even though I bought a reserve battery I have never had to use it during a normal working day.
All in all, I like the camera and maybe by getting to know all the special modes some of my pictures will come out better. But this is not the final digital camera for me. I expect moore.