Written on: 10/06/2007 by DonFrew (1 review written)
Superlative lens, much more important than the mega pixel contest. Takes 9 different power sources, Li-ion gives the best performance. 8 modes, excellent features, easy to navigate menu and good level of manual control. Sturdy metal body. Zoom viewfinder. 2-stage Macro feature. Video with sound - not time limited to short clips like most cameras - with playback speaker. Voice memo recording.
Tiny screen (but viewfinder compensates). Not the fastest start-up of cameras in the class. Battery compartment cover for some reason flimsier than the rest of the camera
I have never had a picture failure with this camera, unless it was my own fault. It might only be 4 MP, but used to it's full potential, the Schnieder Kreuznach lens will deliver pro-like results that can be enlarged to A3 and probably above. For 3 years the DV4 has been with me on holiday, to all manner of social events, battered and bruised and it still works great!
The best power source in my experience is a CRV3 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery.
It may be a little long in the tooth at the time of writing, but I have no intention of replacing it until I am forced to.