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★★★★☆

“I use an old SLR with various lenses, I bought this so...”

Written on: 02/06/2003 by Mooks. (1 review written)

Good Points
Very easy to use, looks like a normal camera, almost entirely intuitive operation. Great quality pictures if you are prepared to practice taking pictures. Digital camera pictures are different, learn to take them and you'll love 'em.

Bad Points
Eats batteries, then SLRS eat film and processing and batteries... I buy pack of 30 alkaline batts for £10 from maplin, not expensive really. Moving shots/ moving subjects are hard to get right. Optical viewfinder is a little small. Flash does not throw more than 3metres and the camera does not take an external flash.

General Comments
I use an old SLR with various lenses, I bought this so that the family could use the camera and not encounter huge costs in development. Does this beautifully and more. my daughter (8yrs old)uses it and gets reasonable pictures with no training. I added a 64Mb card, and keep the standard card as back up. I have had the camera for nearly two years and have taken about 1.3GB in pictures. It has been a great buy. I would like a new one with external flash and better zoom, but its not easy to beat this without spending a fortune so for now I'll sit tight. For those that continually compare to SLR and film - I used to- but ask yourself would you have used the camera as much if you were paying for film, I don't think so. Most of the 35mm pics I used to have were 7"x5" prints or less and were good too. But with the digital camera I look at pictures that are least twice that size, they fill a 17" monitor screen. So if you are going to compare, compare like with like. I have so many moments captured that I would have otherwise missed, because I simply would not use 35mm as much. If you practice using the camera you will get pay back your pictures get better and better. The camera works well in low light without the flash, and its best to use it this way if the subject is more than 3m away. Genrally colour balance is good but can be tripped up, the same as when you buy diffrent brand 35mm film, but this time you can fix some of it later. If you are thinking of buying one, try to borrow one for a day or two- you'll be hard put to return it!

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