Pretty great deal for a mega-zoom bridge digital camera
R. Alfonso "rixmac", Amazon
2 weeks ago
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. Stay away from full zoom in in medium to low light and you'll be pleased with the pictures.
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 challenges of a DSLR.
Summary: My brother has always used Pentax camera equipment. He was very particular in what he used. I like this camera very much. I must agree with other reviewers about the door to the batteries and Memory Card. I wish the door was easier to open and close. Seems kind of flimsy, but overall, real nice camera. Thanks.
Summary: The battery compartment latch is very, very, very flimsy. I have had another camera with a similar latch, and it broke. This camera requires four batteries. Other equally good cameras require only two batteries with the same ability to hold the charge and take numerous pictures over time. Be prepared to purchase several quads of rechargeable batteries to feed the camera. It is slow to obtain an initial image (missed that picture!
Excerpt: Of all the camera's attributes, the one that caught my attention was that it has an actual viewfinder, in addition to the LCD screen. Now, I don't have to worry about glare when there's a lot of ambient light, nor disturbing people around me when I shoot without flash in clubs and other relatively dark situations. All the settings are visible in the viewfinder, as they are on the LCD screen. What's wrong with the X-5 (which I recommend anyway, especially at the price)?
Summary: Just received this camera and happy overall with image quality, although still haven't given it a read test drive. The zoom and stabilization features excellent and the camera easy to navigate, which I think will allow for quick photo taking when traveling. I was surprised that no san card included since last couple cameras came with the a cheapie. A detail that does concern me is the battery holder; the hinged flap is quite flimsy and does not close easily.
Summary: I bought the Nikon at Costco. I didn't know anything about it; but it was offered at $50 discount. It's is a great camera; but I decided I do not NEED GPS or wireless feature so I researched online for a camera with same other features and found the X-5. I saved $200 after buying this camera including an additional Extreme 32 GB HDSD memory card. I took photos to compare and found both cameras very close in quality of my usual macro jewelry shots.
Summary: Oct 2013 update. We took this to the UK. The light gathering capability of the lens is amazing. It is so powerful that it was almost impossible to get the flash to fire! And the finished image quality is superb. Often, in the same scene, my iPhone saw nothing but black, even with the flash, where this camera was totally clear without the flash. Impressive and amazing. So far, unless you need the features below, I can recommend the camera.
Summary: I consider this camera a good buy for the money, lots more features than most camera's for the price. (Maybe too many features for this novice) Takes excellent pictures, haven't tried the movies yet. I love the choice of viewfinder, or LCD screen, I use the viewfinder the most. A slight negative would be the camera's weight, a bit heavier than I expected.
Summary: Pros: Great in low light. The flash doesn't pop up automatically, like my Pentax K-r DSLR, so I forget to pop it up sometimes. Surprisingly, most of those photos came out rather well, even without a flash. The Zoom feature is phenomenal! The optical zoom is equivalent to my K-r 300 mm zoom lens (without the weight). The additional digital zoom is amazing! Of course you need to use a tripod to get a good shot at that level of zoom, but it's great.