Summary: Owned it for over a year and I think it's one of the best in class, comparable if not better than Panasonic or Sony. Good thing is Samsung is relatively not a brand name in digital photography so I can get at a lower price as opposed to those brand name offerings. I did a lot of low light or indoor shots so the f1.8 helps a lot. This is my working horse wherever I cannot carry my bulky 5DIII.
Summary: The pictures are definitely up to par, with DSLRs. Sharpness, color and depth are first rate. Macro photography is also one of the strong points of this camera. Adorama cameras were so efficient with the delivery too! Thank you.
Summary: My memories (pictures) are definitely in good hands with this camera. The lens is fantastic. Everything comes in crystal clear. An example of the clarity, there is a bridge that I use in my experimental sessions; the railings on this bridge have designs that are fairly intricate (yet not too ornate). I am capable of seeing these railings and the intricate designs within them from pictures I take of it from quarter mile away. To me, that is fairly impressive.
Summary: This camera is just bliss for hand-held low-light and night photography. You see an image on the screen, take the photo, and 9 times out of 10 the photo is exactly the same as the image you saw. Storefronts at night, restaurants, lights, perfect, no noise. When I shot film, I dreamed of a camera that could do this.
Summary: Just received the camera. Amazon promised a 5/31 delivery. USPS delivered 5/28 in the AM. Way to go postal service. Too soon to talk about results but out of the box the finish and ergo. are excellant. Live view is impressive.
Excerpt: Well, my title sums it up. I wanted a compact camera with good low light ability, and I sure got it. I am amazed at the shots I can get almost in the dark. The colors are great, too, very natural, and the lens has excellent sharpness. I also notice that photos taken at ridiculously long shutter speeds still come out sharp. I don't have a very steady hand, but at 1/5 second I can still get a good picture, so the OIS is very effective.
Excerpt: I'm in a unique position to pass judgment here. As a college photography teacher I eventually get to handle and examine the results from nearly all the cameras out there. My students have everything from pro-level DSLRs to Casio point and shoots. They all come across my desk. My second camera is a Canon 5DmkII on which I shoot L series glass. That's right my second camera -- the TL-500 goes with me everywhere and I use it nearly every day; It's my first camera.
Summary: I must have read all of the available reviews on this camera and its closest competitors before purchasing it. I wanted a serious camera to supplement my DSLR - something very portable that would produce high quality pictures similar to my DSLR. I had a specific preference for a 10 megapixel camera with a larger sensor than the typical compact. I did not want an ILC (didn't want to buy or carry yet more lenses - might as well just carry my DSLR).