Summary: I received this camera as a Christmas gift from my Dad 2 years ago. At first I loved the camera. It had everything I wanted on it, including video capability. But last July I went to Rock Fest in Tama, IA to see Foghat and Bret Michaels. Foghat performed during the day and I was very far from the stage and the zoom quality was decent, but since they were moving some of it was very blurred. Lastly, the night mode.
Summary: I read that one really bad review for this camera and that review is false. This camera is easy to use and does nice photos. The video is poor though, the videos don't sync with the audio at all. I lost this camera (in a nylon case) and it was out in heavy rain for weeks, yet was just fine when I found it. Recently, it was dropped onto concrete and now it has no flash. Still, good camera for the price.
Summary: Really great camera in this price range. I've been using it for over a year and I am completely satisfied. Changable batteries - never worry about charging. Great features. So easy to use. Panoramic photos so much more. Love it.
Summary: It's a good little camera for the price but with a little research and not being so anxious to replace a camera that died, I could have found a Pentax with video capability for the same price.
Summary: Purchased this camera and found it to be completely worthless. I used to teach photography so I am not an idiot, but I found this to be an overly complicated, confusing camera to work with. If you just want to take simple pictures, stay away, far away. I also had a great deal of difficulty with returning the item when I found it to be defective as well which was because the company I ordered it from was non-responsive and then punishing because I took too long to return...
Summary: Positives: Very well built and can handle heavy use. Controls are well placed and the LCD display of the options are logical and easy to follow. Battery life is good and since it uses AA batteries, you do not depend on proprietary battery. Takes good pictures and the color reproduction is very good. Bundled with the camera is Arcsoft Media Impression 2.0 which is very good value for the money.
Summary: I got this for my daughters graduation gift. She wanted a $300 touch screen camera but it wasn't in the budget. She loves this one. The low light performance is good and it is great for the "extended arm self portrait." She took it on her senior trip (yes, I gave it to her early) and she took over 1000 photo's with it with better than average results. She also really likes the panoramic mode. Overall it's a good choice for a casual camera.