Summary: I purchased this camera in June of 2014. In January of 2015 it failed and I began a return. When I received the first camera I was shocked to find a DOWNGRADE, a VR 340 with a 10x zoom. I immediately called customer service who could not or would not tell me any reason why I received a downgrade.
Summary: I expected much better quality in this camera. I read reviews diligently before choosing a new camera after my old Sony Cybershot broke. Should've stuck with Sony. The photo quality is very poor and the camera is very slow to respond when you hit the shutter. Very disappointed. The whole point of buying a camera was to have the option to take higher quality photos on special occasions or while traveling, but my Android takes better pictures than this.
Summary: I bought this for my brother for Christmas. It even arrived in time! I haven't used it, but he says he "love love LOVE(S) it". It has more settings than he knows what to do with, and it made the most unphotogenic person in the world (me) look good. He is a makeup artist and does a lot of projects with bright colors, and the photos look great. I will say that it's lightweight and has a good-sized screen to view the photos.
making the camera useless. I would advise you to purchase any cheap ...
ohio 45459, Amazon
8 December 2014
Summary: On 12/1/2014 the viewing screen stopped working, making the camera useless. I would advise you to purchase any cheap camera rather then spend money on a good camera that fails to function. At least with the cheap camera you are prepared to toos it and buy a new one. VERY DISAPPOINTED with this purchase.
Good little camera. You have to read the manual to learn to set it right.
Amazon Customer "EAJ", Amazon
1 December 2014
Summary: Nice little point and shoot camera. It came with an online manual to download. Pros: Takes great pictures if you use the right setting. Took it to the Grand Canyon shortly after getting it. Amazed at the depth of field for the canyon - the layers, the colors, just fabulous. Cons: There are 2 places to set the scenes, and I couldn't find the ones for indoors, parties, etc. without consulting the manual. It's hard to figure out how to choose an item from the menu.
Summary: Its an older model so I picked it up for $78. That alone should stop any negative opinion but price aside--it has a great optical zoom for a small, inexpensive camera. Its much easier to set up than my previous cams including two other Olympus models. Very friendly menu. The only drawbacks I can find are LONG focus times and LONG zoom time. Sometimes you have to try to zoom or unzoom, let off on the button and start again.
Summary: The scrolling button at the back broke within 6 months of purchase and moderate use. I can now scroll through menu selections and photos in one direction only; and I can't erase anything. It makes changing any settings, like turning off the flash, for example, ridiculously tortuous. Pretty good camera otherwise, though. Good zoom. Autofocus is problematic. Wish I could exange it.
Summary: I had the same problem dogsmom had on her post of September 8, 2014. Took it out of the box, installed the battery and card, hooked up the charger, plugged into a wall outlet and the red light came on indicating it was charging. Came back about 2 hours later, light was off and camera wouldn't do anything. Very disgusted. This is an update to my previous review. I returned the defective camera and ordered another one, same make and model.
Summary: I missed the fact that it could only use built in rechargeable battery. So if battery runs out while out for a days worth of photos you cant quickly replace the batteries and keep going. Also keeps having some kind of comm problem with memory card. Will start asking on powerup if you want to reformat (even tho if you say yes it will error out). You need to then stop open it up remove the card and then reinsert it. Great pictures and great size and price.