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.
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.
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.
Summary: I originally ordered a Canon SX30IS and then later purchased a Nikon L26, both of which I returned within days due to blurry photos. I almost expected the L26 at $107 to be marginally functional, but the SX30IS was more like $500 and I anticipated a good camera at that price. Wrong.
Summary: I love the zoom on this. I have taken a ton of great pictures with this camera. I'm very much a beginner but I think this camera has a great price to performance ratio. I'm in Afghanistan on deployment and on convoys I will take pictures of things. We can be moving and the pictures turn out great.
Summary: This product is good for the price. It takes good pictures but the zoom is hit and miss. As long as you make sure the lens is in focus, you will have a good end product. No, it is not a DSLR camera and does not take professional grade pictures.