Summary: While I am no means an avid photographer, I do take numerous photos in varying light conditions at many different distances. From mere inches to far off shots, this camera has some great quality and focus. The only issue I have had is while using the zoom at near max, the camera does not like to auto-focus. I have had to zoom back out some to let it re-focus and them zoom back in to sort of kick it back into gear.
Summary: We bought this camera on Labor Day clearance at Staples, it was marked down from $150 to $75 then $50 off coupon and for $25, well its one of the best Buys I have had in a long time. I have a 14 mp Panasonic Lumix 16x Optical that takes pretty good pictures, but when compared to this camera, this camera wins, the pictures may even be better than my wife's 12 mp Nikon she loves.
Pros: Good Zoom, Nice features, In normal 14 MP mode can shoot over 4,000 pictures with 16gb card, Comes with Strap for neck and strap for lens cover, Easy to use, View Finder and LCD
Summary: I use the camera for close ups of birds, animals and flowers. It takes great close up photos and the video is really nice. I like the fact that you can use the view finder rather than the LCD screen to save battery power (it really does make a difference on the life of the batteries).Once I got use to it being heavier and larger than my small camera It's very easy to handle and to use. Set up was easy.
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 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..