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19.06.2008 (20.06.2008)

Well built, stylish, nice label, works very, very well

Too many settings  -  just something missing

Recommendable Yes:

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Value for MoneyExcellent

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I was lured to this camera by the Leica branded lense and smart black casing. Underneath this sytlish exterior lies an excellent camera, with build quality and functions that are beyond what I expected from the price. I bougt it after spending ages searching the internet and was finally convinved when I found that the very, very similar Leica branded model was more than twice the £106 price tag of this one.

The camera is a good weight, light enough to be compact, heavy enough to be stable in hand. Funcionality is good, though some of the menus are a little idiosincratic - there are a vast array of different automated settings for different occasions which are pretty irrelevant. Some of the modes, such as macro for close up and dull ighting indoors actually seem to make pictures worse.

I found some of the pre-set shutter speeds/sensor radius very useful - for most outdoor shots, I pick one of these rather than fiddling with the different options. All switches are very well made, and easy to use, and the screen, which occupies much of the camera back is large and reasonably bright (though can be difficult to see in bright conditions). Battery life is great - a 1 hour charge lasts a whole day of snapping/ filming.

Picture quality is generally excellent, though sharpness and colour drops dramatically when the digitial zoom is used to capture long distance shots (it is only a compact camera after all). The zoom works very well up to 100 m or so. Picture quality from low light conditions is particularly good, though quality from indoor shots is surprisingly bad (I probably haven't found the right setting). Video quality is also excellent, with perfectly reasonable sound. Downloading was simple with the included USB cable - I haven't used the included software.

Overall I would recommend this camera if you want a good looking, compact camera that takes good pictures in most conditions. However, if you are more technically adept than me, and want to explore different camera options and take very high quality images, I'd look elsewhere.

Top Tip1

The camera fits snugly inside an old (long) iPOD Nano sock - easy to carry it round in your pocket without getting the black case scratched.
===Top Tip2===
In poor light or mist, the camera takes very sharp pictures in sepia mode - don't know why, it just does.

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carysb 19.06.2008 23:36

I need a new camera, but dont feel there is enough information here to make a judgement on this one. What features does it have. I think I would be put off by the bad quality when on zoom. My current camera is awful for it. Went to Wembley for the England v USA game and most of my picks were rubbish because my camera shakes when on zoom and goes blurry. C

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Product Type Digital camera - compact
Sensor Resolution 8.1 Megapixel

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Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 1250, ISO auto
Exposure Metering Multi-segment
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