"CNET needs to get a photo expert to write its reviews."1.0 starson by Jeff Kirby
Pros: Size, optical zoom.
Cons: Terrible indoor, flash and low light photos
Summary: Having read Cnet reviews for many years, and used those reviews in influencing my decision in most of my purchases, including three digital cameras. I now realize that whoever reviews digital cameras for Cnet has very little concept or understanding of digital cameras. You only have to compare Cnet reviews with those of dedicated camera web sites to realize this.
I have now decided to base my buying decisions on the score given by other reviewers. Check it out yourself, if you haven't already noticed the hundreds of reviews that start with "I don't now which camera Cnet was reviewing, it wasn't the same one I have!"
I am sorry, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but when I read numerous reviews by "a camera expert", then find those views contradicted by the reviews of users and other "professional" camera reviewers, I start to doubt the ability of Cnet's reviewer.
The Fuji S9100 is another example. Cnet's view was "Though high on features, Fuji's Fine Pix S9100 comes up short on image quality." Yet every other amateur and professional reviewer found the image quality the leader in it's field and price range, with 90% of those reviews giving a 9 or 10 score, against Cnet's 7.4.
I believe that many buyers like me were swayed by Cnet giving this camera it's highest accolade and score.
This camera is "OK", not great, in well lit outdoor situations, but is horrible indoors, both in well lit and in low lit situations, flash photographs over six feet away, twilight and night shots WITH AND WITHOUT A TRIPOD!
I am an advanced photo enthusiast, I read the manuals, practice with all the features, etc. But on a recent vacation I was not able to print one 8x10 that was shot in anything but perfect outdoor conditions. All the other photos were noisy, soft, fuzzy photos that looked like they were taken by a five year old with a $20 camera. My 6 year old Pentax takes photos that are 10X better.
Just in case you are in any doubt that the problem might be my ability or my camera. My 30 year old son accompanied us, and he also has the T100, which he bought after reading Cnet's review, and all his photo's were equally poor quality.
Choose something else, and base your choice on "user reviews" not Cnets hit or miss approach.