Summary: I had purchased this camera for a concert that I went to last month. The zoom was working perfectly than my last malfunctioning camera I had 2 years ago. I had taken alot of photos with & it was amazing. I was also pleased on how fast it came in the mail. I like this camera so much that I can't get my hands off of it.
Summary: I purposely waited before reviewing this camera. The camera has nice functionality and ease of use. I have not had lens cap issues as others have mentioned in their reviews. I did however find some focusing issues. If this camera has it, I have not found a manual focus. Only the automatic but you can trick the focus with a halfway press of the shutter button. The zoom motor is quite fast. That makes it difficult to get the precise zoom level easily but it is possible.
Summary: PROS: Camera is great for all needs. Easy to use and software friendly. Light and sturdy with a grip makes taking pictures more ergonomic. Plenty of functions to choose from for that perfect picture. SLR Camera feel and quality CONS: won my Camera for $170 with free shipping....Went to a Walmart a few days after receiving it and saw the same Camera for only $210..
Summary: I chose this camera over the newer S1500 because it provided an HD movie mode. I've only used the camera a few days, in general its OK. The one thing I wish I had noticed before purchasing is that you can't attach an external flash. This would be OK if the built in flash was adequate, but its not. Using the built in flash adds a very harsh light to faces. A deal breaker in an other wise very nice camera.
Summary: I love this camera. I have read the previous reviews as well. Yes, the lens cap is a little cheap but it stays on. Yes, you do see lines when aiming to direct light but the images are wonderful. I was a little dissappointed at first (for about an hour) when I first started taking pictures but after I spent that first evening reading the manual and playing with the various settings (about 1.5 hours) I am now in love with it.
Excerpt: This is probably the best camera for its price. Loaded with a powerful flash. The image stabilization works wonders. Pictures taken in the "N" mode captures good quality low-light images. HD quality video exceeds expectations. Outstanding zoom and not very complicated. All in all, a well constructed well featured decent camera. and it's cheaper than cameras with the same features.