Summary: The camera for some reason gets very little attention compared to other compact super zooms from Panasonic, canon, fuji, etc with very limited reviews. However its one of the better priced and highly featured camera's in the market, and is extremely well constructed. The limited wide angle can be annoying but its not a deal breaker as if you can step a few steps back you can cover the area, as the powerful flash compensates for this.
Pros: - Very well built even though its made of plastic materials, and compared to other Sony cameras this is built in japan, - Carl Zeiss lens is sharp and clear, - Very long telephoto zoom for a 10X, - Good image stabilization, - Very powerful flash for a compact camera, - Video quality is very good, and less grainy than most of the other highly raved cameras (such as the Panasonic ZS3), - Good audio quality in videos (however its only mono audio), - Manual controls allow...
Cons: - Very long flash recycle time (over 10 secs), - Shutter lag (time from pressing the shutter to taking the photo) has a delay that makes it a hit and miss for taking photos of moving items (even if slow moving), - Focusing under low light is poor, - Lens cap is a nuisance, and automated lens cover would have been so much more suited, - Output from camera to TV is not great, very grainy and dark, - A bit too large for pocket use, you need to take it in a bag or belt ca...
Summary: I purchased this camera a week ago, When I purchased this camera it sold by Amazon and eligible for Amazon Prime. (I have been a prime member for two years) I purchased this camera as NEW. However I just received this camera today (it was back ordered) when it came to me it became clear that this was not a "New In Box" product.
Summary: Overall I think its the most balanced camera out there from a quality/features/price standpoint. Recently the price came down to $229 on amazon, makes a even better deal. Some things i like about it are: 1. Good picture quality 2. Good 10x zoom./Good Macro close up shots. 3. Ability to record HD video (720p) and use zoom function at the same time. 4. Large 3 inch lcd display. 5.
Summary: My first digital camera was a Sony DSC-S75 which I still use and it takes great photos. I also own a DSC-V1 which I like for its movie clips that play right away in Windows Media Player. I loved those cameras so much I was sure I would like this one just as well, but so far I'm not sure. On the plus side, it starts up fast and takes great close up photos in macro mode. It does well with outdoor daylight or landscape photos, and the color is very accurate.
Summary: With this camera you get something pretty close to what the SLR can produce without taking up all that much room or breaking the bank. The 10x zoom is nice and steady with shutter speeds of about 1/25th giving me nice results at 5x7. VR was invented for people like me who quiver. 8x10's are decent as long as the viewer is 3' back or so but that's pretty much a normal veiwing point anyway. The Zeiss lens is phenominal!
Summary: I just got this camera with my Sony reward points. I was considering this camera or DSCH50. I'm a complete novice when it comes to cameras and would generally only buying a camera in $100-200 range. It's a pretty good size for me; compact but not small enough to put in your pocket comfortably. The instructions are fairly substantial at about 60 pages but straightforward and easy to understand.
Superb photos and for a lot less than the ZS3 / TZ-7
6 November 2009
Summary: After going through 2 generations of the lumix TZ series (TZ3 and TZ4) which served well as multi purpose cameras, I wanted a multi-purpose camera that also had better video quality and superior low light capabilities. Here is my why not others comparison (it may not match with your needs, but it might help some of you) Panasonic Lumix ZS1 / TZ6 vs Sony H20 Lower quality video (same as WVGA resolution as the TZ4), and could not adapt to the different lighting conditions...