Pros: Any pros of this camera are voided by its cons
Cons: Camera is based on a horrible sensor and useless in anything but perfect circumstances
1. DO NOT buy this camera if you want a point and shoot camera. It is a horrible point and shoot camera.
2. DO NOT buy this camera if you want a camera that can shoot in lower or low light situations.
3. DO NOT buy this camera if you ever want to shoot faster than ISO 200.
This camera is very noisy. Images shot faster than ISO 400 are noisier than a $10 junk kids digital camera. I read all the reviews about how if you wanted to shoot good pictures you needed to do everything manually, so I spent the last month reading the manual trying to get better lower light pictures. It just isn't going to happen.
I am now finding many more reviews to support what I have found out the hard way. If you are shooting ISO 80 or 100 your going to have some pretty good pictures. ISO 200 is still not too bad. ISO 400 is as noisy as some other cameras ISO 1600 shots. ISO 800 shots are unacceptably noisy and anything shot at 1600 is completely useless and unusable.
This camera uses a faster shot instead of image stabilization and while that in itself is not such a bad thing the noise present in those faster shots is not acceptable. One of the big reasons this cameras auto mode is useless is that it will often use ISO 400 or faster which makes the auto mode useless if you want a good picture.
One of the main reasons I bought this camera was that it had a manual focus option to use in my low light situations. The manual focus is still direct linked to the auto focus and is not a true manual. If you run it out to infinity in hopes of getting focused on those far shots your in for a cruel surprise. The manual focus at infinity goes past infinity and back out of focus. Even when you back up a bit your at the mercy of the focus motor to start and stop moving when it wants as it lags behind your actual moving of the manual focus ring.
Macro modes do not focus well up close at all where they should, and forget manual focus for macros because the auto focus will take over and take the picture back out of focus even on manual mode when clicking the shutter.
While video quality is not bad on this camera but the auto focusing while in video mode is very bad. It focuses too slow and has to keep trying to refocus. The auto focus does not work well in many cases. Some times it will show a good focus lock and after you look at the pictures you will often find that it was not in focus at all.
This camera has got plenty of bells and whistles and had a great potential but the fact they used an older sensor took it all away. The manual focus is a great idea but was poorly implemented.
The bottom line is that this type of camera is supposed to make it easy to take good pictures while allowing you the options to go manual and change things but it should not be so hard to get 10 out of 1000 pictures to be worth keeping.
This camera is not worth this kind of money to get a few good shots. The camera looks good and has plenty of features but in the end it's about what kind of pictures it takes and on that note it fails miserably.