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 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: I was introduced to this line of cameras when a friend was using a S3300. I was impressed with the 30X zoom and the apparent quality of the photos he was taking. By the time I got around to looking into a purchase, the S4500 was available for less money. It seems to be about the same hardware.
Excerpt: Costco has this camera for $179, and I like to have a camera with me at all times that is cheap so if something happens I will not fret about the loss. I saw this at Costco and while it feels cheap, it seems to work fairly well.
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.