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Good: A tough little camera takes the knocks of my job and still comes back smiling
Bad: Top settings dial easily moved, unexplained blurring of photos sometimes, battery life
Comment: I am a Surveyor and use a camera daily for 3 or 4 surveys. I needed high optical zoom, wide angle, high resolution capbility in a small pocket size unit.
The spec of this unit was the best on the market at the time 2 years ago when I bought it, although it has been upstaged by other models it is still my preferred camera.
I have kicked the stuffing out of it quite literally by dropping it numerous times onto hard floors and several times from a height of at least 2.5m onto carpeted floors, and still it keeps going.
On average I am taking 150 photos per day sometomes 6 days per week, over two years thta's an amazing 3,000 photos (ish) per month.
I have bought a new one as backup due to my scratching the lens.
I cannot rate this highly enough, if you need a tough workhorse of a camera consider this!!
Good: Good photo quality, compact, robust, simple to use, good optical zoom
Bad: photos sometimes blurred
Comment: What I need is a good workhorse that I can slip in my pocket and take lots of clear and detailed digital photographs on construction sites. This works well (generally) . I've now had it for a couple of years
It's reasonably tough, it slips in the pocket, it gets good detail, and it's pretty well foolproof.
The main drawback I have found is that the photographs tend to be a little blurry at times, sometimes this seems to be due to the automatic focusing,and sometimes to handshake. I do miss the traditional viewfinder I had on my previous Pentax Optio, it is much easier to hold the camera still against one's face. That said, the display screen is excellent.
One further quibble, the control wheel that sets the specific function rotates rather easily, and sometimes slips off the setting. It should be just a little firmer so that it stays where it is wanted.
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