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Nikon COOLPIX S3500 20.1 MP Digital Camera with 7x Zoom (Orange) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Nikon COOLPIX S3500 20.1 MP Digital Camera with 7x Zoom (Orange)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 680 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 5.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Compact5.0   above average
Sharp5.0   above average
Simple5.0   above average
Weight5.0   above average
Color4.8   above average
Fit4.8   average
Size4.7   above average
Zoom4.7   above average
Price4.6   average
Video4.4   average
Setting4.3   above average
Image4.2   average
Photo4.1   average
Quality4.1   average
Screen3.6   average
Light3.5   below average
Lens3.3   average
Speed3.0   below average
Battery2.9   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"When I tried to plug in the USB cable to charge the battery I discovered that the socket for the cable on the camera was broken."
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"The port cap and battery cap were very flimsy."
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"The battery is fully charged, but the camera is dead, dead, dead."
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"The camera stop working, batteries are hard to find."
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"So I ordered this camera and was so happy to get it but then so up set when it would not work; because the battery was already dead or bad."
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"Only problem is the battery must be plugged in so if out and about and battery runs out you are out of luck."
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"After, testing various things as well as ordering a new battery because I could not get the one that came with the camera to work."
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"So I ordered this camera and was so happy to get it but then so up set when it would not work; because the battery was already dead or bad."
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"With the new battery came a wall charger so I plug I the battery that came with the camera and it charged with no problem."
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"Amazing camera and excellent battery life"
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"There are off brand batteries that work great with this camera, I bought 2.Inexpensive camera that takes decent pictures .."
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Color

Color:
"So, give the camera lots of shady dry breaks on hot and humid days..Sometimes the auto light color adjustment does not adjust well."
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"The camera did not work properly from the first try .There is a problem with the color and wavy lines on every shot."
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"I am amazed that other colors cost so much more and the only difference is the color!"
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"Love the color, but it might be too small for my hands."
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"Colors are vibrant and it is very easy to use."
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"Love the color and size of camera."
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Compact

Compact:
"This is my 3rd Nikon, easy to use, compact."
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"Small, compact, great pictures and zoom and videos are clear and crisp along with very audible audio."
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"It is so compact and easy to use."
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"Overall, for the price it wasn't a bad buy and I like how small and compact it is and the color choice was nice as well."
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"I love the compact quality this gives."
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Fit

Fit:
"(Much less than the one that fits olympus).The only thing I have found to be a problem for me, is trying to get actionphotos..it seems slow, but I need to check the speed, and read more beforeI blame the camera."
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"Gift for the wife and it conveniently fits in the pocketbook and takes great pics."
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"The camera is really the best little family on the go camera it take great Pictures and fit in any pocket or purse (Ladies, even that very small evening purse)."
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"It fits perfectly in a side pocket of my purse."
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"I'm very pleased with the photos from this camera and it's features, and how convenient the size is....fits into my pocket with no problem! "
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"It fits nicely in my purse."
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Flash

Flash:
"I bought this hoping for clear pictures than my old camera that didn't have a flash and this is a wonderful camera that takes clear, great pictures."
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"However it does have one of the few flash units on a point and shoot that is quite good."
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"Twilight and night pictures pixelate and do not always focus well, You need a flash in the dark ... You can still get good images but do not expect SLR quality..Heat seems to affect the camera."
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"The flash is easy to disable at those games where there is No flash photography."
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"After years of using the iPhone as my go-to camera, I forgot how nice it is to have a camera that zooms optically, takes clear photos every time, and has a decent flash."
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Image

Image:
"I did take a few pics and seems fine but will update this review if problems arise."
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"Ruined all my pics for birth of my baby"
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"It's a great price, but the pics aren't great--my cell phone takes clearer pics."
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"Hard to get the battery and photo card out."
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"Unfortunately, the photo quality varies considerably."
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"Not sure why they are blurry on the download menu system, but my pics have always been clear as a bell."
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"Gift for the wife and it conveniently fits in the pocketbook and takes great pics."
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"Easily import to a photo program to edit or just to have a record of your pictures to print at any time."
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"great pics"
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"I love the option on the camera to edit the photo after you take it but if you want to capture several moments in a short period of time it could actually be a bit bothersome."
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Lens

Lens:
"Well, the odds were against me and now I have a camera with a lens error."
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"It works OK. the only problem is the lens sticks sometimes"
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"Loved my first but grandson did drop it on the floor and the lenses broke."
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"Used it twice and the lens broke."
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"this camera does not give you a feel of a good camera in your hand...moreover the picture quality is not that goodAlso when I got this camera its lens cover had some issues... it were sticky and one time on closing the lens cover, the lens covers were half closed giving me a feeling that the lens cover have been broken."
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"The lens extends and retracts smoothly."
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"Nice camera for the price but the lens is a bit slow, bought this as a gift"
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"While traveling overseas I scratched the lens of my very old wonderful Panasonic camera."
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"Love the wide angle lens! "
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"I did read some reviews where some people mentioned the lens getting stuck on their cameras, but since the good reviews outweighed the bad, I thought the odds of that happening to me were pretty slim."
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Light

Light:
"Works pretty well outside in day light, however it is horrible in Low light and very slow to take any sort of action pictures."
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"By looking at the screen after you take a picture you think you have a crappy picture either filled with light or out of focus, but when you download it to the computer the picture was actually fine."
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"But it is not good in low light."
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"So, give the camera lots of shady dry breaks on hot and humid days..Sometimes the auto light color adjustment does not adjust well."
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"I will say that the 16shot, shake resistance and automatic light adjustment are not as great as I was expecting but for the price and compared to my last camera it is really really top quality and a great al around camera for the average person."
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"Works pretty well outside in day light, however it is horrible in Low light and very slow to take any sort of action pictures."
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"I like this camera, it is very light to carry, takes nice pictures and it wasn't too hard to figure out how to use."
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"It takes nice, sharp pictures, light weight, simple to use."
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"The problem seems to be caused by the Nikon's inability to perform consistently well in changing light conditions and from different angles, even in the same outdoor location during the same shoot."
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"Takes ok pictures in low lights conditions, and good pictures in regular light conditions."
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Memory

Memory:
"Very disappointed there was no memory card for the camera."
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"After taking another reviewer's advice, who suggested using a name brand or higher quality memory card might fix the problem with the slowness, it DID help with that issue a little bit."
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"Easy to use but you have to buy memory card."
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"I was only able to take 5 pictures before the memory was used up, which came as a shock to me."
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"Slip it in your pocket and be assured that the memories you capture will be perfect."
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"These cameras do need extra memory and constant recharging, otherwise, great camera, especially for the price."
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"I tried this Nikon coolpix and I love the quality photos but when you're in the middle of Biltmore estate in an 18-degree weather, running back and forth to your tripod to set the timer with each shot is not an option I'd like to take, I ended up taking very few shots because I was freezing to death and ultimately decided I must let go of this very nice camera because it's also about memories and multiple-shots."
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Photo

Photo:
"The photos aren't as great as some reviews made it seem."
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"After taking a picture it keeps saying 'waiting' so it's unable to take photos successively."
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"The photos were not clear and the indoor ones were very dark."
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"Still traveling and extremely disappointed to have no photos."
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"The wedding photos, for the most part, were horrible."
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"Having some difficulty with the Coolpix .Not being able to upload photos and it is not easy to operate not satisfied with it."
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"On the other hand, photos are quite clear and well-focused if the camera is used within its limitations."
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"It takes pretty good pictures, but I wish it had more settings to edit photos."
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"Recently took it with me on holiday and all the photos came out great."
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"The camera works great the quality of the photos was seamless! "
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"While she needed some initial instruction on some of the features, she's already taking great photos."
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Price

Price:
"Not happy that I wasted money on a supposedly great camera."
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"It's a great price, but the pics aren't great--my cell phone takes clearer pics."
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"Basically, I wasted my money on a crappy camera and then extra money to try to fix it."
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"I will say that the 16shot, shake resistance and automatic light adjustment are not as great as I was expecting but for the price and compared to my last camera it is really really top quality and a great al around camera for the average person."
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"After less than 6 months, that is unacceptable, even for a camera at this price point."
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"Great value for money."
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"Nice camera for the price but the lens is a bit slow, bought this as a gift"
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"Great Camera for the price."
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"I've enjoyed the good quality pictures with the amazing price that I purchased the phone at."
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"Works pretty good for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Great looking camera but pictures are not of great quality."
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"I cannot speak to the quality of the picture or operation of the camera because I was not able to charge it."
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"It failed to take a quality picture... all came out blurry or distorted."
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"---------------------------------------------------------------------My Nikon S3500 Quality Problem and Warranty Repair ExperienceAfter reading all the mostly positive reviews and having other Nikon cameras, I bought this camera as a travel camera instead of my more expensive Canon Elph 310 HS cameras."
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"Unfortunately, the photo quality varies considerably."
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"its functions are limited and the picture quality is not satisfactory."
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"I am aware that some users are not exactly thrilled with the build quality of this camera, but for me, its qualitative potential is pretty good."
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"This was a gift for my parents, they love it, its easy to use, and have a great quality."
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"I've enjoyed the good quality pictures with the amazing price that I purchased the phone at."
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"Terrific quality"
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"When you see them on a computer the pictures are amazing quality."
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Screen

Screen:
"By looking at the screen after you take a picture you think you have a crappy picture either filled with light or out of focus, but when you download it to the computer the picture was actually fine."
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"The screens digital resolution is horrible."
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"I got this and loved it but it won't take clear pictures and the screen looks pink."
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"she had one for years but a mishap broke the screen glass."
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"All picture and video functions work properly, and the LCD screen is perfectly clear."
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"This camera takes great pictures however the display screen where you can actually review the pictures is not very crisp so your pictures do not look as sharp and crisp as they are once you download them to your desktop."
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"The images are crisp and clear, many on screen options and still very easy to use."
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"It's a nice, tiny size that my mom can keep in her purse without taking up too much space, but the view screen on the back is huge and gives a great preview of all your pics."
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"camera was nice and it was a nice set, screen a little small but overall nice camera for easy carry"
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Setting

Setting:
"It is nice and slim but the pictures are all blurry if you move even a little and the settings are confusing."
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"c. Not having a manual mode and always having to work with preset settings is quite annoying."
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"I might be able to play with the camera and change a setting to fix the latter, but I don't like that it's not intuitive to easily fix that (and that the default setting is such a long pause between pictures)."
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"It takes pretty good pictures, but I wish it had more settings to edit photos."
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"It is easy enough for him to use yet enough controls to change the settings to get some wonderful shots."
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"Moreover, you need to adjust true settings to get good pictures at night."
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"It has lots of quick settings to be able to enhance your shots such as extreme closeups and vista shots of landscapes!"
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"I am still learning which is best settings for zooming in."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"They are clear and sharp."
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"It is easy to use and takes very sharp and clear pictures."
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"The pictures are sharp and clear."
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"It takes nice, sharp pictures, light weight, simple to use."
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"I love the color, it takes real sharp pics."
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Simple

Simple:
"I would recommend as a fairly simple camera."
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"It takes nice, sharp pictures, light weight, simple to use."
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"Simple to operate even the grandkids have no problems."
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"A simple and easy to use camera that would be small and lightweight and still look nice."
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"I wanted something simple that would take good pictures and this one is perfect for me"
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Size

Size:
"I have no idea how well the camera works although it is the right size and price point for what I wanted."
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"My only complaint so far would be that the wrong size USB cord was sent with it, it is way too large to fit into the port on the camera."
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"HOwever it is too small and the back of the camera is hard to see due to it being all BLACK"
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"Easy to use, small, light, ok for it's price but I would not buy it again, nor recommend it."
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"good small camera"
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"Great pictures, very small so easy to carry."
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"Love the color, but it might be too small for my hands."
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"My wife wanted something small, and this was perfect."
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"The camera is small and easy to carry wherever I go."
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Speed

Speed:
"Works pretty well outside in day light, however it is horrible in Low light and very slow to take any sort of action pictures."
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"OK, I am tired of peoples complaints about either it didn't take fast enough pictures (that depends on the speed of the memory card you buy), or it takes grainy pictures (who is taking it, and what did they do?"
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"(Much less than the one that fits olympus).The only thing I have found to be a problem for me, is trying to get actionphotos..it seems slow, but I need to check the speed, and read more beforeI blame the camera."
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"I was lured in by the 20.1 MP and 7x zoom, which SOUNDS GREAT.... but isn't worth much if the camera itself can't take any good pictures and is so slow."
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"Previous raters had complained about it being slow and missing shots."
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"The shutter is also extremely slow and would not work well in high speed or multiple photo situations as there is a big lag."
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"Too slow, and pictures do not always come out clear."
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"Nice camera for the price but the lens is a bit slow, bought this as a gift"
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"I found the fastest and best method of taking these photos is just to place the blue print on the floor and stand above it and take a picture."
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"Slow to focus and shot but good quality camera, especial for the price."
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"You'll want to buy a media card - I recommend a 64GB High Speed SDXC card, or a 32GB SDHC card; they'll give you plenty of room for photos or movie clips at a cheap price."
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Weight

Weight:
"It takes nice, sharp pictures, light weight, simple to use."
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"Takes great pictures, lightweight, zoom is great Lots of features on this camera that we didn't have int he last one."
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"This is lightweight, sleek, charged and holds charge well, takes good pics and video."
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"It's light weight and easy to use."
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"Good quality camera, light weight."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The zoom is ok except that the macro doesn't work as well as they'd have you believe with a 7x zoom."
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"I would recommend this camera for anyone who is an amateur like myself who wants good crisp pictures with high zoom capabilities."
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"The zoom is awesome and it takes really great pictures."
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"Has nice zoom."
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"Small, compact, great pictures and zoom and videos are clear and crisp along with very audible audio."
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"Dosnt have as great quality when you zoom as expected."
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