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Canon PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera by Review Summary ,  Sep 21, 2015

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 117 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 6.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Sensor5.0   above average
Image4.9   above average
Quality4.8   above average
Color4.6   average
Light4.5   above average
Size4.4   average
Video4.4   average
Control4.2   average
Fit4.2   below average
Photo4.0   below average
Screen3.9   average
Speed3.8   average
Focus3.3   average
Lens3.2   average
Battery1.7   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"In my opinion the battery isn't bad but its not great either."
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"Battery life is not great and that is something that Sony is also better at."
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"It is inexcusable for Canon to put such a puny battery in a powerful camera such as this one."
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"I find the display blanking out a bit irritating, so I just carry an extra battery and leave 'Eco' off."
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"The camera is fantastic, the only problems I have are: 1) Battery life is too short, so you need to get extra battery ready."
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"The only negative about this camera that I see is the battery, however this can be addressed by carrying a couple of the tiny almost weightless batteries."
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"When sealed and used under water, I quickly found out that the battery lacks power and longevity for a comfortable underwater session, meaning also that for standard use a second battery is highly recommended."
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"This might be good for videos but for shooting pictures it can shorten battery life."
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"The camera is fantastic, the only problems I have are: 1) Battery life is too short, so you need to get extra battery ready."
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"It is battery hungry, especially using the WIFI option and if you play with the menus a lot or spend a lot of time showing friends the pictures you've taken but I get through the day usually on a full charge, depending on how much shooting I do...but I did get a second battery for free when I purchased the camera...good deal there."
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Color

Color:
"The biggest problem I've had with this camera is the rendition of colors in the JPEGs produced by the in-camera processing."
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"I uploaded a pic to let you see how amazing the color and detail are."
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"And I find the colors much more pleasing than the Sony."
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"I always liked the colors from my earlier Canon S95."
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"These color problems are easily fixed with minor editing, but I never had a problem with white balance on my old CCD camera."
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"Punching up the color is nice, but this mode makes everything too neon."
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Control

Control:
"The G-1 has more controls including a confusing dual ring around the lens."
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"(I did experience a quality control problem where the from canon faceplate has a gap with the body."
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"It's great that you can control the ISO, Aperture, and shutterspeed so easily."
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"The controls are very nice and not too touchy, the camera is solidly built, it is small so it can be pockatable though I bought a fancy leather MegaGear (no imitation leather, thank you) case for it and now I can only carry it in a very large pocket of my shorts."
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"After using many types of cameras for decades, factoring in portability and controls, this G7X has hit my sweet spot for the best one yet."
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"The controls are fine, and the build quality is excellent."
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"Both cameras offer all the manual controls that I used in a DSLR and provide a good control over the depth of field, thus one can blur the background while focusing on the subject, which was one of my main requirement for any camera."
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Fit

Fit:
"If the point of the camera is that it fits in your pocket, but the camera is so fragile that it fails the first time it gets a little damp, then what is the point in having it be pocket-sized?"
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"This is a compromise camera, trying to fit the best features into a small package."
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"Compact and Lightweight fits perfectly in my pocket (not like the S120 S95 but still fits)4."
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"This is a compromise camera, trying to fit the best features into a small package."
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"However, it wasn't all bad, I did get some good shots and it fits nicely into my purse."
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"When keeping the aperture appropriate for your subject this camera takes amazingly sharp pictures while still fitting in your pocket."
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Focus

Focus:
"However, I have been disappointed with the focus most of the time."
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"It can take a while to focus, or focus in the wrong spot."
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"The focusing at the Macro is horrible."
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"But after testing the video functionality for a few hours, it just kept missing focus here and there."
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"slow autofocus (mostly in dim-light situation) and mediocre battery life."
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"Pro: The image quality is great when you're focus is set on a specific subject."
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"You can set it on auto and it does all the work with an easy touch screen to focus on what you need to."
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"I needed smt fast, reliable and with a great focus, low light camera when I'm on the field making some pcts in unpredictable situation."
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"Focus was not terrible, but while shooting video it would lose track of what was supposed to be in focus, focusing on something far off in the distance."
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"Having extra zoom is handy, but to select the focus point with a single touch is revelation, especially if you love to re-compose the shots or focus on any specific part of the scene."
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Image

Image:
"On the other hand, I was using my Lumia 920 for taking everyday photos, and was really frustrated by its image quality."
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"Bulkier than most point and shoots but the upgrade in power and image quality is well worth the extra thickness."
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"Great video and picture quality the raw images are great."
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"The color scheme is rich and the raw images look pretty polished."
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"Pic quality is really good for a point and shoot."
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"I uploaded a pic to let you see how amazing the color and detail are."
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Lens

Lens:
"Another problem with the G7X is that the automatic lens cover does not keep dust and dirt out."
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"No, lens is not perfect but it is fairly sharp throughout most of its range."
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"And the lens is just terrible."
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"The G-1 has more controls including a confusing dual ring around the lens."
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"Again, it's a consequence of the compromises made in the lens."
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"Every lens involves compromise."
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"My iPhone takes great pictures, but sometimes you need a different lens to get a decent shot."
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"With a great lens and sensor, this is my SLR replacement when I'm on vacation."
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"This is a great pocketable and versatile camera with a very bright lens."
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"The lens is a good choice for a balance of aperture values and zoom."
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"Nice camera but this example has a decentered lens (right side of every photo is blurred) so this is going back."
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Light

Light:
"I needed smt fast, reliable and with a great focus, low light camera when I'm on the field making some pcts in unpredictable situation."
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"I hate the auto-focus assist light (it distracts subjects) so I turn it off."
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"Camera has great low light capability."
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"It is AMAZING for videos in low light."
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"Fantastic low light capability3."
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"The G7X low light function is brilliant just like the S120 and S95, but even better!"
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"Pro: Low light capabilities were outstanding."
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Photo

Photo:
"In the age of mobile phone which can capture crappy photos (good enough for whatsapp) at the expense of size and weight, carrying a DSLR requires lots of motivation."
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"On the other hand, I was using my Lumia 920 for taking everyday photos, and was really frustrated by its image quality."
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"The quality of the photos are also so close to those of the SLR that it is almost hard to notice unless you can compare them directly."
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"The photos can get noisy in low light, but that's to be expected, the camera will try to use whatever means it can to get the shot, but in at high ISO the photos degrade pretty quickly, although I've been pleasantly surprised to see some very nice results even at ISO 8000, 12800 is kind of ridiculous...but it's there."
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"I took many photos with no flash and it was great."
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"Love the quality of photo's video, has a professional feel to it and the flip up view is really convenient."
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"I love this thing for vlogging, taking incredible photos, & especially transferring anything I need to directly to my phone within seconds!"
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"Also love that I can take great photos and then send them to my iPhone to post on Facebook or Instagram right away without having to wait till I get home to plug it into my computer and share."
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"The quality of the photos and video are just as good as my Cannon T3i but much more portable."
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"It is pretty durable and takes great photos."
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Quality

Quality:
"On the other hand, I was using my Lumia 920 for taking everyday photos, and was really frustrated by its image quality."
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"(I did experience a quality control problem where the from canon faceplate has a gap with the body."
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"The video is VERY high quality, the camera is easy to operate with lots of manual features and it takes great still shots as well."
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"Bulkier than most point and shoots but the upgrade in power and image quality is well worth the extra thickness."
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"Great video and picture quality the raw images are great."
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"Pic quality is really good for a point and shoot."
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"I purchased this camera because I wanted a good quality camera in my pocket at all times."
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Screen

Screen:
"The flip screen allows for photography at various angles, unless you are trying to shoot over other people then unfortunately the screen won't flip downwards."
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"One downside is the screen can't flip around to protect it, I don't like that & the battery life is poor so get an extra."
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"I find I am always touching all the screens in my life and I am disappointed if they do not respond."
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"The reviewers have generally missed the wonderful utility of the touch screen."
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"Yes, sometimes it fails to focus, but touch screen to the rescue: just touch a spot you want to focus on, the focus box snaps there and you are on your way."
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"- No 24P for videoThings I have heard people complain about in reviews but mean nothing to me:- Tilt screen doesn't tilt down - flip the camera upside down and bang...- No custom function button - actually you can assign a number of buttons to do custom functions and reorder and customize your function menu- more to comeNo camera is without quirks but finding a way around them and using it's strengths to create solid images is what its all about and this camera does just that."
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"The selfie flip screen would be great for vloggers who shoot video of themselves a lot."
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"The touch screen display is handy and pretty responsive."
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"I enjoy the flip screen it really helps when I'm working in front of it and saves times so you don't have to keep running to the other side to make sure everything is in the shot."
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"Love it perfect for my hands and love the flip screen ."
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"With the easy flip up screen you can quickly go from talking to the camera to pointing it at someone else with ease."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"The one thing to get used to is it's slightly larger yes but it's because the sensor is larger as well."
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"Light and portable with a good size sensor."
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"With a great lens and sensor, this is my SLR replacement when I'm on vacation."
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"This camera simply doesn't produce the picture quality you would expect from a recent decent 20Mpix 1inch sensor."
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"Until I get into astronomy photography and need another level of sensor, this little guy is fantastic."
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Size

Size:
"The speed of the SLR is sometimes missed, but the size more than makes up for it."
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"Small issue, but annoying."
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"Only downside for me at the moment and it's only a small one is the same as others have mentioned, the clicky wheel."
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"I has fantastic performance for its size."
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"This is a compromise camera, trying to fit the best features into a small package."
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"Great for vlogging, tutorials, small films with external audio, B-reel film, traveling... etc."
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"It's small yet heavy and is quite durable!"
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"I like the feel: while very slightly more bulky than the Sony, the thumb grip on the back, the overall body texture and the size make it more comfortable for me to hold and operate."
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Speed

Speed:
"The speed of the SLR is sometimes missed, but the size more than makes up for it."
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"slow autofocus (mostly in dim-light situation) and mediocre battery life."
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"The reviewers complain about the auto-focus speed and reliability, and that worried me a lot."
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"This might not be good if you a filming fast moving objects, as this seems to hesitate a little, I wouldn't say hesitate, but if you turn the camera quickly, it makes the turning in the video a little slower."
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"Very, very good picture--but a bit slow"
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"If speed is a priority as well as video, the RX100 III is a better choice."
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"I needed smt fast, reliable and with a great focus, low light camera when I'm on the field making some pcts in unpredictable situation."
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"After using G7x, I find the focusing speed to be excellent."
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"Sometimes this method is actually faster than using the shutter button.4) I discover that if I set the autofocus to continuous and turn on active servo I get decent auto-focus speed from this camera under good lighting even if the subject is in motion."
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Video

Video:
"The downside is this can't shoot video at 24 fps but at 30 and 60."
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"But after testing the video functionality for a few hours, it just kept missing focus here and there."
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"I'm actually writing this review because I bought this camera FOR the video camera capabilities (and its compact size), and the DP Review on the Amazon product page says it's not recommended for video enthusiasts and it scored it low on movie mode."
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"The video is VERY high quality, the camera is easy to operate with lots of manual features and it takes great still shots as well."
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"Great video and picture quality the raw images are great."
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"The selfie flip screen would be great for vloggers who shoot video of themselves a lot."
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"I have been using this for youtube videos, and it's honestly really good."
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"It is AMAZING for videos in low light."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Almost 5 stars - the on top zoom in knob starts to malfunction after a few months."
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"In a camera this compact, but with a 4.2x zoom, the compromise is softer corners at wide angle."
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"Than camera showed lens error message and was shutting down every time the zoom was used."
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"Only caveat is the dial around the zoom lens on the G7X clicks too loud.3) The Canon G7X has longer zoom than RX100 III and wide lens than RX100 II with aperture 1.8-2.8 which is excellent for such a small camera.3) The LCD screen on the G7X can turn 180 degree so I can take selfie; the RX100 II can't do that (my understanding the RX100 III now can do that too)."
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"After feeling and testing them both i quickly made my desicion to take the canon due to the fact it has touchscreen, easier menu, wider zoom."
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"The lens is a good choice for a balance of aperture values and zoom."
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"Great lens and zoom."
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"Zoom in a little bit and the corners sharpen up nicely."
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"Stop deliberating---the zoom is perfect--wonderful in low light and incredible image quality."
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