Summary: This is a great bridge camera - whether used on auto or in full manual mode. The zoom is unbelievable. I can get a full body shot of a water skier on the opposite shore of Donner Lake. I recommend a tripod for exploring the full extent of the zoom, though.
Summary: Ok I love the camera, this is my first bridge camera ever, I wanted it for a introduction photography class so it has a lot of features that you can play with, it has the moving screen, also you can look through the viewer if you prefer, nice size and weight.
Summary: I like this camera. I carry it to work on a construction site to take pictures of work conditions and equipment and I also use it for more artistic work. The viewfinder is pretty good for one thing as it has a good diopter adjust and it is easy to use.
Summary: I use this camera as a back up to 2 others that I have. I wanted a camera that would take good scenery shots. I did not get it intending to use it for action shots and that is a good thing because there is significant shutter lag in between shots.
Summary: I was very surprised by the image quality of this camera. My intent with the camera was to have something light and portable when I didn't want to lug around my DSLR and its lenses. If fulfills that requirement nicely.
Pretty great deal for a mega-zoom bridge digital camera
R. Alfonso "rixmac", Amazon
29 November 2013
Summary: If you've moved back to slrs of the digital kind, you will probably think this is one slugglsh and low light hating camera. If you have stayed mostly with the altoid container-sized point and shoots, you will probably find this to be quite an amazing sub $200 camera.
Summary: At this point I don't know if I even qualify as a hobbyist but I did want a dependable camera in the bridge category for special events and vacation photography and with due acknowledgement of the ego factor, at least look like I might have some photographic skills without taking on the full...