Summary: I decided to write my review in response to the few negative reviews I read for this camera. I am not a Sony employee, nor have any other relationship with them beyond that of a consumer. I love this camera! I, too, bought this camera at Costco and I think it was a great deal! I have been an Olympus fan for years, but I decided that this year I was going to do a little reseach and try to be more open minded. I have not regretted my purchase yet.
Summary: I just purchased this camera from Costco for $275, bundled with a sony case and a class 4 4gb SDHC card. I have been playing with it for the past three or four days--which really isn't enough time to give a full review, but I would like to give my initial thoughts. By way of background, I am a "junior" shutterbug. I enjoy taking quality pictures. but I am more of a videographer--I have a Canon HG10, with a JVC Everio GZ-HM300 as a backup.
Summary: Just had it a few days, but some initital thoughts: Photos are great. 10x zoon is terrific. Burst photo is good for getting the right moment of a smile. That is, tell someone to smile, and using the burst feature, you raise the chances of capturing the smile at its peak. Many programming options, but one I don't see is setting the time a photo remains on the display. It's always gone by the time you turn it around to show someone the picture.
Summary: What I love about this camera is its ease of use and the panorama feature, although you have to use the panorama a couple of times to finally get what you want. One dissadvantage is getting pictures with low light, since it is very difficult not to get a blurry one.
Summary: This camera is available at Costco store for $230 so I am not sure why amazon.com is selling for $299. Also Costco is selling it with 4GB card and case for $230. These days I am really getting shocked to see the prices at amazon.com Whats the benefit of buying online if the price you pay in store with tax is very very less that buying online ?
Good camera but not necessarily easy to shoot video with!
F. Mccabe "f4mccabe", Amazon
12 August 2011
Summary: This pro's to this camera are that it takes nice video and photo's, however if you are going to use the nice 10x optical zoom in lens, then might recommend to either use a tripod and/or find something to stabilize the camera. Also, this camera uses the same Cybershot camera battery and chargers from a previous Cyber-shot model I use to use (Sony NP-FG1 InfoLITHIUM Type G)...so saved me money!
Summary: So far, this camera hasn't fulfilled most of the bad reviews I read before buying it and has performed rather well. It's start-up/shut-off time varies from 2-4 seconds (I'm not quite sure what makes it vary). So sometimes it's fast; other times, it takes just long enough for you to notice that it's still turning off before turning off.
Summary: This is very nice hybrid photo/video camera. I got this mainly its video and panorama performance and it really works nicely as I expected from reviews. The most common complains seem to be slow operation speed like start up, shoot/review toggle, video starting, etc. I noticed it too. But most of them failed to check what kind of memory card they used. This camera requires fast speed memory card to respond quick, at least class 6 sdhc.