Excerpt: This definitely is the worst digital camera I ever had. I bought it upon DP's recommendation because I needed a camera that would serve me on my travels as back up when I didn't want to use my pro gear ( I am a pro and have had bad experiences in Rio and NY). It had all the specs I was looking for.
Excerpt: I've used mine for about four months now and waited in order to give a more valid review. 1. GPS- I did not have problems with it. I simply followed the guides online the day before getting it and spent about 15 minutes setting up the file structure on my memory card (in addition to help with obtaining the files). When I got the camera, I plugged the card in and the GPS acquired the signal in just a few minutes, and worked immediately.
Summary: The HZ35W is a good little camera. You do need to spend some time with the manual and get familiar with the menus and sub-menus, but the camera can produce some very fine photos. Be aware that not all of the sub-settings indicated in the manual are under the settings (P,ASM,Scn) they say they are. But if you change to one of the others settings you will find what you are looking for. This is the only reason I didn't give the camera 5 stars.
Summary: have been a camera buff for 40 years, and have owned numerous cameras but this is yhe most versatial one can get considering the excellent quality of pictures,video, and body construction. best price was here on ebay....
Summary: It's a nice camera. 15x zoom and AMOLED is exactly what i have been looking for. If you travel a lot, you will probably want to take pictures of distant objects and AMOLED screen doesn't change colors under different angles, plus it can be easily viewed on a sunny day. It's kinda on a heavy side and bulky, but you can still just put it in your shirts pocket and go. Image quality as above average, but for $300 camera, its, to me, not as good as it could be.
Summary: I looked at several cameras and read many reviews before buying this camera. The spec sheet reads like a 'must have' list, but the AMOLED display was the clincher. I read about it in the reviews but it is unbelievable once you see it. It's a little heavy for a shirt pocket so a belt case will be needed. I've played with the geotagging and think this will be useful once I'm up to speed. We travel a lot and this should be nice later down the road.
Pros: AMOLED display is awsome, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time