"Hard to beat the final results *****"4.5 starson by Artist3d
Pros: A faithful reproduction of the eye... better?
Cons: dust on sensor!!!!!!!!!!!! omg brand new --- tech support! tech support!
Summary: I could not believe how quickly my new SD14 arrived! Ordered Monday from Amityville New York (Cameta Cameras) $959 w/18/50mm lens, Shipped Tuesday and arrived same day about 4:30PM here in Canada on an island off the west coast... wow!
It took me till today to get comfortable with it, as I have been using normal digital cameras so long, I forgot a lot about how Single Lens Reflex cameras work, like, duh, you have to look through a view finder to frame a shot and pick F stops and lighting and depth of field --- it is really a wonderful challenge to have such control back in my picture taking.
It is every bit as amazing as I thought it would be from all my research, very crisp and 'true' colours with incredible RAW software options to refine to perfection the exposure and detail.
One of the problems I see with the current digital camera megapixel race is that they are all shooting for image size over substance, just because an image has lots of pixel resolution does not mean the pixels are necessarily any good or even needed (but if you must have them there is a super hi-res jpg mode that shoots a huge pretty nice jpg 4608 X 3062)
One of the amazing things about the images this camera takes is that when you look at the image at 100% it does not look fuzzy except where you want soft focus depth of field and then it is soooo nice and pillowy soft, off-setting the clarity of what you are focused on so sharply, almost 3D.
After a many thousands of photos with the excellent Canon G Series, I am thrilled to know that I can capture even closer to what my eye actually sees and am pleased with my early results. So it is not so much a point and shoot camera but it is incredible for studied shots and artwork as you will see from some examples I took of paintings.... wow!
Anyway I have posted full-sized images with no compression so you can see them as close to the original shots as is possible in a jpg format. It will take a while for all of them to load, so be patient, for those curious about this camera I think it will be worth it worth it.
As far as this CNET review goes... it is like well as they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder... along with everything else... hmmmm?