Summary: I mistakenly bought this camera because I thought it was a 24 x zoom lens. It is a 24 x wide angled lens. My disappointment turned to delight with the quality of the photos, the amount of choices I have for choosing the type of photo and the ease of use. The only thing I dislike and it is nothing of importance, is that when viewing photos I have taken, I cannot go backwards and forwards. It only goes backwards.
Pros: GREAT optical zoom and almost fish eye super wide angle. More features than I care to list but all impressive. Especially the auto panoramic image making and dual stabilization. Plus it will take 6 pics a second in hi speed mode at 5mpx. IT ROCKS. I use it for bird pictures, school programs, and my son's football games and yesterday got a shot of comet ISON in broad daylight. IT IS A POWERHOUSE in a small package at a hard to believe price. I'm still pinching myself a...
Cons: It does become "busy" if you take about 60 consecutive high speed pics while it puts the images into the SD card. So shoot 2 to 5 second bursts and you have no worries. The flash must be released with a click or it defaults to slow shutter speed BUT not a problem with dual stabilization.
Pros: Price is where I was interested as I had the exact amount on store credit. I like to ride bicycle alot and have came across a few things on the road I wish I had a camera for. I figure to leave this in my handlebar bag and use it while biking. 5 Stars to start, but will post again if needs be.
Cons: I've heard the video is lacking somewhat and low light is grainy due to cheap sensor. Mono only which makes no sense as stereo wouldn't have cost any more.
Summary: I Bought this camera for my nine year old daughter's Christmas present and she hasn't stopped using it. We love the clarity of the pictures it takes and it has been easy to transfer pictures and videos to the family laptop even without using the accompanying software. We are now looking to get her on to a photography course so that she can make the most of it.