Summary: Hello friends, I originally bought this camera to replace a very dinky $50 digital camera two years ago when I needed a good camera to take quality pictures while studying abroad. Let me tell you, It was worth every penny. Now you can obviously go and spend $600 dollars on a Canon or Nikon, and keep spending hundreds of additional dollars for specific lenses, etc. If you are a professional photographer, sure, go ahead and do that.
Summary: If you are looking for a bridge camera and you think you are not ready to spend money for a real SLR so here we are you are on the right address. This camera is just for you guys. I bought this camera almost 3 weeks ago and so far it has been taking great pictures. Not to many features therefore easy to use but not just click it either. Good training before going for a pro. ps : don't assume that you are gonna have good night pictures though.
Summary: I was a little skeptical at first but after getting it and briefly trying it out, I like the options and the pictures are great. I like the x26 optical zoom. I had also purchased a lens adapter which allows for either a 2x converter or wide angle lens to be used with this camera as well as filters. I was not pleased with the results of the converter but I do like being able to use filters if I want. All in all its a nice little camera for the price.
Summary: As with the other reviewer, I bought mine yesterday at Costco for $179. The costco bundle includes a 4 gig class 6 sd card and a carry case. I have only had a couple of hours with it but I think it is a good value. Depends on what you want it for of course. I changed my old Kodak 850, a similar priced/featured camera because it was giving some issues and the newer cameras offer some terrific technology upgrades. (And I am a Kodak retiree.....
Summary: I have been using a Fujifilm Finepix A-900 for years and I am used to that size and weight so to me the S-4800 is a bit cumbersome. I recently bought it for myself because of the 30X. I wanted to take some macro shots of jewelry for insurance purposes. I found the manual easy to read and understand (it comes in 3 manuals in 3 different languages)and the camera easy to set up and use.
Summary: Simply put, this camera is giving you a whole lot more value than what you can expect from any other camera (Besides similar make and models) within this price range. This camera listed as a point and shoot gives you many of the same DLSR cameras costing 300 dollars more. It takes fantastic shots that you would not expect. Don't let the price fool you this is a good camera. Only down side is mine is a little finicky with its software, it sometimes glitches.