Rated 5 out of
Enhanced Digital Zoom Rocks"My spouse spotted a few digital cameras in a store 1 day & noticed the maximum zoom was very high. So I did some research & determined based on reviews that this camera took the best quality pictures out of the 3 50X optical zoom cameras on the market at the time & so we decided to buy it.
We wasted no time trying it out. We went out that weekend to the country & took pictures of birds, landscapes, & even took pictures & videos at a rock concert. Fantastic results. We took pictures of the moon as well. I was blown away at how easily you could see craters & make out some finer details. We took pictures of places cruising (presumably) at 30,000-40,000 feet above us - we could see enough detail to figure out which airline the plane belongs to. And just recently, I took pictures of Saturn & could make out the planet's rings pretty clearly. Pictures in dark environments are also enhanced when using the proper settings. This camera can take pictures virtually anything, virtually anywhere.
The most pleasant surprise was the enhanced optical zoom. Unlike other cameras that show no real improvement when using digital zoom, this camera enhances the picture to make it look like optical zoom was used. So you have virtually 100X ""optical"" zoom as a result.
Other features include a screen that tilts up & down, electronic view finder, manual focus & zoom, flip flash, 60fps video, & more. The only disappointments would be a lack of newer features such as Wi-Fi, GPS, or a touch screen. Plus the camera is a bit big & heavy, but with 50X optical zoom, that is to be expected.
Definitely recommended for any photographer who wants a versatile camera that takes good pictures under almost any conditions."