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Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) by Review Summary ,  Sep 28, 2015

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Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 190 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 9.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Underwater4.6   above average
Image4.2   average
Video4.2   average
Photo4.0   below average
Quality4.0   average
Focus3.8   above average
Battery3.7   above average
Control2.9   mediocre
Zoom2.6   mediocre
Lens2.5   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"I had it back for about 3 days and took it out to take some photo's of the fall colors, with a fully charged battery it took about 6 shots when it shut down due to a dead battery, I swapped out with a freshly charged spare battery and the same thing happened."
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"The only thing I found horribly wrong with the camera was the battery."
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"This is the first camera I have seen in nearly 15 years where it's possible to insert the battery incorrectly."
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"We're happy with the battery life as we can get several hundred pictures at a time."
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"I highly recommend getting the Vivitar battery charger and extra batteries."
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"The battery is supposed to be good for about 380 photos, with two fresh batteries I could only take 12."
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"Battery life really good, never needed second battery! "
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Color

Color:
"i specially love the color it creates."
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"The quality and color are excellent, I'm very happy with my purchase."
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"The good:Amazing stills images, colors and sharpness underwater."
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"Don't get me wrong, it takes FABULOUS photo's, focus is razor sharp and incredibly fast, macro's are in perfect focus over the entire depth of field, Colors are beautifully saturated, lots of scene selections and the F 2.0 lens is amazing at low light levels; but if I can't rely on it, what good is it?"
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"It is decent but the color is okay..."
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Control

Control:
"One item of interest: last year, I was stupid and fell for the publicity and bought a GoPro: I found it fiddly (maybe because I am old and couldn't see the controls well) and I was disappointed to discover it didn't have a zoom."
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"It's very difficult to capture good concert photos without a nice DSLR where you can go manual and have full control over the shot, as the lighting usually fools the camera."
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"If you want to be able to shoot a moving subject in less than ideal lighting, the lack of shutter speed control and the inconsistent flash may frustrate you."
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"The downside features (full manual control, etc...) mentioned by others are true."
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"- Disappointing aperture control with f 2.0 lens."
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"One item of interest: last year, I was stupid and fell for the publicity and bought a GoPro: I found it fiddly (maybe because I am old and couldn't see the controls well) and I was disappointed to discover it didn't have a zoom."
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"The good- it has held up well to submersion under varying conditions- I find myself using the app in combination with my Joby for portraits way more often than I thought and it is very solid- control over various camera functions is great and a real bonus on a point and shoot camera."
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"I have done a lot of research and have a decent understanding of camera controls and how changing certain settings controls exposure or focus."
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"The controls to my android phone work great."
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"One of the main reasons that I bought this camera was to be able to control my aperture size and have it as large as f 2.0."
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Focus

Focus:
"We weren't happy with the the focusing on both of those cameras."
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"- image quality is subpar in my opinion and largely due to what I would call a mediocre focusing system."
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"The focus stacking mode does not work well hand held or even on a tripod with moving objects like bugs."
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"Don't get me wrong, it takes FABULOUS photo's, focus is razor sharp and incredibly fast, macro's are in perfect focus over the entire depth of field, Colors are beautifully saturated, lots of scene selections and the F 2.0 lens is amazing at low light levels; but if I can't rely on it, what good is it?"
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"In practical use the camera was at least as frustrating as it was appealing, and having to dial through every choice and feature of the menu to select a new area of focus is cumbersome at best."
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"The close focusing ability is amazing."
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"Inside is grainy, outside, some good, most bad and out of focus."
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Image

Image:
"Terrible image quality past a foot in front of the camera."
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"Different setting's, using the camera on a tripod, remotely triggering the camera with my smartphone, RAW and jpg, The image quality was very inconsistent."
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"The TG-4 is good outdoor camera( so far anyway) and if you buy one and the images are poor then there is probably something wrong with it."
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"The image quality was terrible."
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"I would have had coral reef pics but I experienced problem #2, and couldn't open it up underwater."
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"It doesnt work good and I am very upset with teh quality of my pics"
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"I was also able to take RAW images in underwater mode."
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"I really haven't tried the gps or raw formats, so I can't speak to those, but the overall image quality of the underwater pics are generally fantastic."
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"The periscope style lens means that it's zoom ability is nothing special but for the record taking a decent zoom-in photo takes a clunky large lens and at least a monopod."
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"The image quality is very good for a waterproof tough camera for outdoor use which was a common theme through out all the reviews."
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Lens

Lens:
"Con: 1) The lens doesn't come with a cap, it's weird."
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"Decent zoom for the lens not being able to telescope and takes great video."
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"My only complaint is that it doesn't come with a lens cover."
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"Had no clue why, I was swimming, and by the time I went out of the water, the lens was almost split appart of the camera, with small parts attaching the lens to the camera broken."
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"I was very satisfied about that TG4, had it for 5 days when the lens converter broke."
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"Unfortunately, the metal cover over the lenses kept popping off and we could not get it to stay in place."
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"Initial impression:* This thing is pretty solid* But there's no cover for the lens* There are more knobs than I am used to* It's small enough to fit in my jeans pocketI read just enough to set up the time date and learn how to turn it on, record video."
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"Don't get me wrong, it takes FABULOUS photo's, focus is razor sharp and incredibly fast, macro's are in perfect focus over the entire depth of field, Colors are beautifully saturated, lots of scene selections and the F 2.0 lens is amazing at low light levels; but if I can't rely on it, what good is it?"
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"I was very satisfied about that TG4, had it for 5 days when the lens converter broke."
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"Since the lens is behind glass I wasn't worried about sand."
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"The f2.0 lens and RAW capability, in conjunction with excellent image stabilization, allows it to stay at base ISO longer than youd typically expect with a small sensor compact."
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Light

Light:
"The viewfinder scratched easily, there needs to be an eyepiece to look through for underwater as the viewfinder is unusable in sunlight (making framing impossible), and the camera is HORRIBLE in lower light."
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"Takes Great outdoor photos; not as great indoors or in low light."
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"Quick focus, nice resolution, great outdoor pics, microscope mode is good fun, not great but decent low light."
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"(this includes free dives and shallow scuba as well of course)Downsides:poor video when scene is complex with multi objects and dynamic changes(but hey, its not a video camera - so i had no surprises here)can not go to deep dives without expensive accessoriestips:buy this camera for amazing stills images while snorkeling...and buy SJ4000 (best GoPro imitation) for complex videos and deep divesthis way you are fully covered for snorkeling and partially equipped for deep dive at ~450$if money is not an issue, go for the TG-4 with its housing and external lights...i also recommend getting accessories to help secure it and use with ease (e. g. armband)."
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"Don't get me wrong, it takes FABULOUS photo's, focus is razor sharp and incredibly fast, macro's are in perfect focus over the entire depth of field, Colors are beautifully saturated, lots of scene selections and the F 2.0 lens is amazing at low light levels; but if I can't rely on it, what good is it?"
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"-LED light guide ring makes great macro settingsCons:-indoor shots tend to have high noise-no shutter protector-can only shoot in RAW in 4:3 aspectOverall a good camera for outdoor use, but not indoors."
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"It's got a pretty fast shutter speed (up to 1 2000) in decent light and with the right settings, however."
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"I was able to get some good low light pics after the sun had set at the beach (on P with high ISO set)."
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Photo

Photo:
"Takes Great outdoor photos; not as great indoors or in low light."
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"I found I had to turn off the feature that causes the flash to fire each time as the water was a bit murky and some photos didn't come out well as the particles in the water were illuminated."
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"When I switched from the snorkeling mode smart auto mode, I could see the LCD better but the photos weren't as good."
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"I had been wanting to find a good little point-and-shoot for a while, because I run into the problem a lot, of wanting to take nice photos wherever I'm going, but not wanting to bring my 6D in fear of it getting damaged or stolen."
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"Photos were nice and sharp, nothing to complain about."
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"It's very difficult to capture good concert photos without a nice DSLR where you can go manual and have full control over the shot, as the lighting usually fools the camera."
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"Photos are great for a point and shoot."
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"took nice photos at Barrier Reef"
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"I have also used it underwater and the photos were amazing."
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"So the ring didn't prove to be useful in taking photos of my patients' teeth but I got good results without the ringlight."
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"I like the camera and for the most part produces good photos."
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Price

Price:
"Frustrating given the high entry price."
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"That cost another $100.00.Not a great price."
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"Had request support in Europe as well as in USA for this little cheap plastic part, no success for now... it's been 2 months now, and had no answer to my problem for the past 2 weeks."
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"That said;plus - camera functions are great for a camera in this price point."
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"A great point and shoot camera for the price."
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"Best deal is the price $349."
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"Good price & good serving , the part is endure."
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Quality

Quality:
"Terrible image quality past a foot in front of the camera."
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"Christmas present for photographer hubby but he has started to use it already.........wanted for dry photography and then especially for next season's fly fishing, clear Michigan rivers, underwater photography......did not want to carry two cameras....so far very pleased with photo quality and are expecting great underwater shots too.......I know some comments said the picture quality was not as nice as.....blah, blah, blah......but we both have more expensive cameras for scenery or even portrait or close up shots......this one was purchased for good quality and underwater capabilities......think we made a good choice with this model, so far....it will also be going kayaking and drift boat trips and horseback rides starting next spring"
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"Different setting's, using the camera on a tripod, remotely triggering the camera with my smartphone, RAW and jpg, The image quality was very inconsistent."
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"The image quality was terrible."
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"It doesnt work good and I am very upset with teh quality of my pics"
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"I was worried about image quality, even with the RAWs, because I read one user review mention that the RAW files were no good and didn't add any detail."
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"quality of raw file is excellent too."
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"I tested this in a few pools and was pleasantly surprised with the quality."
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"PS: very good underwater picture quality"
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"The quality and color are excellent, I'm very happy with my purchase."
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"Picture quality is great."
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Size

Size:
"In sunlight the glare on the display resulted in being unable to distinguish which aperture was in use, and the small vertical array of buttons resulted in mis-selecting features, often resulting in images beyond the possibility of correction, even in raw."
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"Had no clue why, I was swimming, and by the time I went out of the water, the lens was almost split appart of the camera, with small parts attaching the lens to the camera broken."
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"A few of the pros are its waterproof, takes awesome underwater shots, rugged, small, and easy to use."
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"Some buttons on the small side but once you find them it takes great pics! "
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"The microscope setting is fantastic and I got beautiful pictures of very small insects, including really cool leaf-cutting ants!"
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"Beside Wi-Fi and GPS, it has an altimeter barymeter (how high how deep) and compass (which way was the camera pointing).The close focusing (microscope mode) includes a built-in focus stacking mode, allowing you to easily take photos of small things and critters with amazing depth of field."
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"my 3rd weatherproof camera and the best so far in term of size, picture quality and so far - durability."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"I'm super bummed I won't be able to shoot underwater for the rest of my trip."
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"I would have had coral reef pics but I experienced problem #2, and couldn't open it up underwater."
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"The main problem underwater is that it is difficult to see whether it is filming or not, as the message (red letters REC) is not bright enough on the screen."
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"anyway this is excellent underwater camera."
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"it's reasonable to have an underwater camera like this."
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"so far so good, pictures are great and works underwater"
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"A few of the pros are its waterproof, takes awesome underwater shots, rugged, small, and easy to use."
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"It performs great underwater and for close ups, but the stipulation is the lighting."
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Video

Video:
"If I recorded a video in slo-mo, I wasn't able to start it from my phone or transfer it."
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"Decent zoom for the lens not being able to telescope and takes great video."
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"(this includes free dives and shallow scuba as well of course)Downsides:poor video when scene is complex with multi objects and dynamic changes(but hey, its not a video camera - so i had no surprises here)can not go to deep dives without expensive accessoriestips:buy this camera for amazing stills images while snorkeling...and buy SJ4000 (best GoPro imitation) for complex videos and deep divesthis way you are fully covered for snorkeling and partially equipped for deep dive at ~450$if money is not an issue, go for the TG-4 with its housing and external lights...i also recommend getting accessories to help secure it and use with ease (e. g. armband)."
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"(this includes free dives and shallow scuba as well of course)Downsides:poor video when scene is complex with multi objects and dynamic changes(but hey, its not a video camera - so i had no surprises here)can not go to deep dives without expensive accessoriestips:buy this camera for amazing stills images while snorkeling...and buy SJ4000 (best GoPro imitation) for complex videos and deep divesthis way you are fully covered for snorkeling and partially equipped for deep dive at ~450$if money is not an issue, go for the TG-4 with its housing and external lights...i also recommend getting accessories to help secure it and use with ease (e. g. armband)."
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"It went on several snorkeling trips with us and shot great video clips and stills."
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"by far better comparing to any other compact stills camera...video can be good when shooting a single object properly."
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"With this Olympus, I took several short videos of turtles and rays and the quality was excellent."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Decent zoom for the lens not being able to telescope and takes great video."
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"Love the waterproof and that internal zoom is safe from damage and water, although limited."
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"One item of interest: last year, I was stupid and fell for the publicity and bought a GoPro: I found it fiddly (maybe because I am old and couldn't see the controls well) and I was disappointed to discover it didn't have a zoom."
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"The only thing that I am disappointed with is the zoom."
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"THe zoom is not great, and I have had issues with pictures appearing pixculated."
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"However, BEWARE that with the telephoto lens installed you cannot go below the 4x zoom level (the built-in zoom is 1x-4x, and the telephoto takes it from 4x-7x)."
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"some points to be noticed: (1) off flash when taking photos to dust in water will not be white dots (2) when turning to underwater mode, and choose symbol the fish, it will auto zoom maximum, so it's good to take close-up shots of fish in that way, but you can zoom out to take larger landscape."
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"Love the waterproof and that internal zoom is safe from damage and water, although limited."
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"Also, the evolution of microscope mode over former macro mode is amazing, including the HDR and zoom features."
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"One item of interest: last year, I was stupid and fell for the publicity and bought a GoPro: I found it fiddly (maybe because I am old and couldn't see the controls well) and I was disappointed to discover it didn't have a zoom."
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"It would be great if it had more zoom but, hey, it's waterproof, so how cool it that."
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