Summary: It seems that most of the bad reviews stem from people that are expecting too much from this camera. If you think you are going to get a job at National Geographic with this unit you are going to be disappointed. This camera is not a DSLR and will not take professional quality photos. It is however a very nice point and shoot consumer level camera with a nice super zoom lens that allows for a little creativity in manual and priority modes.
Summary: I purchased this camera based on internet reviews for a trip I was taking to South Africa. Both my son and I used the camera, and overall, it was everything we had hoped for. Easy to use, great telephoto lens, excellent picture quality. The kit was a bonus. If you are looking for a great bridge camera, this is it.
Summary: I chose this camera because of the price point. $150 for a bridge camera with 30x optical zoom is fabulous and I like white. It should be noted that purchasing the white one forfeits any warranty on the camera as this color is an import model with no U.S. warranty. No matter. The camera has a nice balance in your hand, is easy to operate and has a built-in pop up flash. The zoom is very responsive and quick. The auto-focus however is average.
Summary: My 8-year-old FinePix S5000 bit the dust and sadly, I had to replace it. I couldn't find another new one for less than $250 so I thought I'd give the S4500 a shot for $159. It does everything my old camera did and then some. (The panoramic feature is a hoot.) My only complaints are that it's bigger and heavier than the S5000 and worse, you can't put other lenses on it. I had a set of special lenses for the S5000 that are useless to me now.
Summary: I just got back from vacation and loved this camera, took great pictures. The only feature that drove me crazy is that you have to take the lens cap off first before turning on the camera other wise a message comes up on the screen.Turn off camera remove lens cap and then turn camera on. The camera Is great and easy to use and for the price.. wow Recommend highly..
Summary: Admittedly, I am having a little bit of trouble adjusting to the inconveniences involved in dragging around a big camera again, but console myself that since I always have an iPhone handy in my purse that takes decent enough pictures for those unexpected Kodak moments, I can reserve this one for travel and special occasions.