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Sony DSC-F828 8MP Digital Camera with 7x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Sony DSC-F828 8MP Digital Camera with 7x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 10/28/2015
Based on 121 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 10.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Memory5.0   exceptional
Battery4.7   exceptional
Flash4.7   exceptional
Photo4.1   average
Image4.0   average
Lens4.0   above average
Price4.0   below average
Quality4.0   average
Zoom4.0   average
Color3.7   below average
Light3.2   below average
Range3.2   below average
Focus2.1   below average
Noise1.9   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"It has excellent battery life (a huge problem for some digitals) and delivers great image quality."
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"Battery life is excellent and gotta love the dual memory card slots."
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"Battery life is excellent but since it's a proprietary battery, it would be a good idea to carry a spare."
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"Battery life is excellent, but I carry a spare anyway."
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"It has excellent battery life (a huge problem for some digitals) and delivers great image quality."
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Color

Color:
"I had pretty much given up on capturing colors in the problem range when I came across a posting on line by a women who was having problems capturing the color of purple flowers but claimed that a friend, using a Sony F828 was able to capture and email photos with proper colors of purple flowers so Sony, having discontinued making them, we bought a used one."
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"In desperation I mounted paint color chips in the problem range on a piece of cardboard and my wife and I went to a Best Buy where a wide range of working digital cameras were on display and viewed the test board with each one."
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"The Olympus sometimes was pretty good at capturing both ends of the color spectrum but was terrible in the problem range."
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"The camera captured the problem colors on the test card pretty well and we could tweak individual colors by adjusting the color balance but it should be noted that adjusting for an individual color can throw other colors off a bit."
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"The photos resulting, after rather expensive processing, were disappointing because all the colors seemed rather drab and the ones in the problem shades were not all that great."
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"Leaving the exposure and aperture on automatic produces great resolution and color."
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"The color is great, a high quality lens, the camera is fast, and EIGHT megapixels, well that's just AWESOME!"
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"The color on this camera is remarkable."
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"We all know that Photoshop is a huge plus in the digital darkroom, but it DEFINITELY helps to start with sharp photos with a lot of pixels and great color."
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"The Olympus sometimes was pretty good at capturing both ends of the color spectrum but was terrible in the problem range."
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Flash

Flash:
"The way it measures light and flash intensity is great, even flash pictures (with the built in flash) are very good if not excelent."
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"Plus, the built-in flash does a remarkably good job."
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"The built-in flash is fine for fill-in or close indoor shots, but I would highly recommend the Sony HVL-F32X flash."
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"Lets face it, out of all the parties, events, shows, and equally horribly lit places we find ourselves.. this camera always takes amazing pictures without having to bust out the flash!"
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"I also wanted to be able to have control of EV, flash, and other features easily, this has a bank of buttons on the side, once learned, easily faciltate control."
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"A note about accessories: Buy a good flash for when the need arises."
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Focus

Focus:
"I was using a nikon 5700, but returned it - focus was painfully slow and lens started to make a grinding noise when zoomed out."
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"Autofocus is terrible by today's standards manual focus is electronic and difficult to operate."
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"But the other cameras do not do nearly as well focusing in low light (where the Sony uses a matrix of lasers) nor do they take short movies like the Sony will for those situations in which you want more than a photo."
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"A small drawback is the manual focus."
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"Another problem with F828 is has a slow Autofocus (AF)."
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"As for the camera itself, it has a great optical zoom, takes pictures in low-low light, supports compact flash as well as memory stick pro, has a manual focus ring, and otherwise does all of the things that all of the other sony DSCs do combined into one."
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"The focus is tight and pretty."
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"Even the DSLRs are envious of this camera because of the lens - 28-200 gives you a great breadth of focus and even when you use the digital zoom (2x) it is absolutely clear."
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"I have taken some great, in focus shots in total darkness!"
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"The pic you take however come out in color and generally it is perfectly in focus!"
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Image

Image:
"I had been careful to avoid the fringing I had been warned about, but the inconsistency in light and, more importantly, image noise was terrible."
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"It has excellent battery life (a huge problem for some digitals) and delivers great image quality."
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"This is much easier to fix than lens flaring, image softness or the exposure problems you can find in many digital cameras."
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"This Cam was huge let down,Noisy Noisy Noisy, very dissapointed in image quality:[...]Just look up this cam and you will find the info about its noise factor."
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"The image of a hollywood movie negative is about 24 mm wide, so the resolution of #5201 is about 1920 pixels, if used in a 135 camera the width is 36 mm, so it would be equal to about 2880 pixels."
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"I've also heard people complain that at 28mm wide angle the image is distorted."
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"I had one instance where it was visible at full size and corrected it easily in my photo editing program - took about 60 seconds."
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"It DOES have a great overall package as some have intimated...but the images really really suck."
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"It has excellent battery life (a huge problem for some digitals) and delivers great image quality."
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"Of course, I would rather the camera be perfect but I've been around photo equipment for decades (35mm, medium format, digital) and trust me - there will always be something."
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"This is much easier to fix than lens flaring, image softness or the exposure problems you can find in many digital cameras."
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Lens

Lens:
"I was using a nikon 5700, but returned it - focus was painfully slow and lens started to make a grinding noise when zoomed out."
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"This is much easier to fix than lens flaring, image softness or the exposure problems you can find in many digital cameras."
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"Nikon (8700) lens disappointing @ only 35mm equiv."
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"- The manual zoom lens is a VERY welcome relief from nasty electronic zooms."
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"go see [...] Before u commit to settling for the chromatic aberations resulting in the purple fringes, keep in mind that there is no filter in the world that will cure this completely because filters can only mask problems they can't alter lense geometry."
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"The swivel is much stronger, the flash pops out much smoother, the menus are animated, the ER emitters are no longer in the lens area (which creates a problem when using filters)."
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"For $999, you can get the 6.3MP Canon Digital Rebel which has far superior image quality and considerably less noise per picture, AND is compatible with all of Canon's EF lenses."
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"If you don't care about physical size, then one of the new digital SLRs from Nikon or Canon might be a good choice - but remember you have to buy the body and lens separately, they are more expensive, and you've got to haul all that stuff around with you - I take my camera on business trips and just don't have the room."
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"Of course the quality of the Zeiss T lens is nothing short of extraordinary."
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"The F828 is a delight to use, combines a great lens and body into a well built, reasonably compact package."
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"This is much easier to fix than lens flaring, image softness or the exposure problems you can find in many digital cameras."
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Light

Light:
"I had been careful to avoid the fringing I had been warned about, but the inconsistency in light and, more importantly, image noise was terrible."
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"But the other cameras do not do nearly as well focusing in low light (where the Sony uses a matrix of lasers) nor do they take short movies like the Sony will for those situations in which you want more than a photo."
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"There is also a clarity problem with any light that is not out doors."
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"I put the pictures up on one of the PCs on display...the purple fringing around the overhead lights and reflected surfaces was horrible."
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"It is not a great camera for available light."
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"I will really miss the manual zoom & night shot framing feature - it is by far and away the best way to take shots in poor light...but most of my shots are'nt done in this setting - being honest - I just couldnt justify the expense given the truly awful purple fringing I have experienced using this camera in pretty routine photographic settings."
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"It still takes rather decent pictures when there is enough light."
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"This camera allows me to take great photos of fireworks, holiday light displays, wild critters at night, pets, landscapes, people, sporting events."
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"I even tried pointing the camera directly at the lights in the the bestbuy store (you know what those look like! )"
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"As for the camera itself, it has a great optical zoom, takes pictures in low-low light, supports compact flash as well as memory stick pro, has a manual focus ring, and otherwise does all of the things that all of the other sony DSCs do combined into one."
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Memory

Memory:
"Battery life is excellent and gotta love the dual memory card slots."
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"I can fill up my compact flash and switch to memory stick with a flick of a switch without missing a beat."
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"Would definitely recommend having both CF and memory stick, one having at least 256MB and the other at least 64MB."
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"The 828 like its little brother the V3 shoots on Memory stick as well as Compact flash type I & II, and unlike the V3 the 828 can use micro-drives (I have a 4 gig in mine) All the controls on the camera are well placed and easy to master even for the beginner."
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"As for the camera itself, it has a great optical zoom, takes pictures in low-low light, supports compact flash as well as memory stick pro, has a manual focus ring, and otherwise does all of the things that all of the other sony DSCs do combined into one."
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Noise

Noise:
"I had been careful to avoid the fringing I had been warned about, but the inconsistency in light and, more importantly, image noise was terrible."
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"I haven't tested the noise problem but don't mine at all because it's less than 3% that I will need to do that kind of shoot."
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"Only reason i don't give five stars is the high ISO noise problem."
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"There is also low noise with the f828, a problem with many other digital cameras."
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"The video mode in this camera is terrible by todays standards, it's extremely noisy and only 640x480."
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"The DSCF8's pictures are every bit as good as the Nikon's (and sometimes the color is better) although they may be a few megapixels smaller (but that never bothered me).Yes, there is a problem with ISO and noise in the F828, but I have learned to live with that."
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"Compared to similar cameras, the F828 produces images with higher levels of noise (the digital equivalent of film grain) as well as chromatic aberration (purple fringes) in bright areas such as reflections, backlit objects, etc."
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"For $999, you can get the 6.3MP Canon Digital Rebel which has far superior image quality and considerably less noise per picture, AND is compatible with all of Canon's EF lenses."
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"The thing these bozos don't tell you is that removing ISO noise from an image is an extremely easy thing to do, again, get over it."
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"), the night-shot system, and the slow-shutter noise reduction and I have been a very happy picture maker."
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"There are also several wonderful post-processing programs that can reduce eliminate the noise."
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Photo

Photo:
"In addition to capturing colors in the problem range pretty well, all 24 colors in photos, particularly those in the blue side red through purple range, of the Crayola crayons looked good."
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"The photos resulting, after rather expensive processing, were disappointing because all the colors seemed rather drab and the ones in the problem shades were not all that great."
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"I loved the 717 at the time, but I dropped the 717, and though that I would go with the 828 as an upgrade to the 717.The 828 is not an upgrade at all, sure it has more pixels, but the picture quality is not as good and I have a ton of problems with purple fringing in my photos."
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"When First getting this Cam and after seeing the dissapointing results of most of the the photos I took I descided to see if it was my lack of pro experience that my picts where noisy."
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"The purple fringing is bad but just annoying, filters clear it up easily and make the photos look better anyway."
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"As a graphic designer, I work with professional photos and Photoshop a great deal."
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"We all know that Photoshop is a huge plus in the digital darkroom, but it DEFINITELY helps to start with sharp photos with a lot of pixels and great color."
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"Yes there are flaws - it is great to use a as a cmaera and takes great photo's."
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"I had pretty much given up on capturing colors in the problem range when I came across a posting on line by a women who was having problems capturing the color of purple flowers but claimed that a friend, using a Sony F828 was able to capture and email photos with proper colors of purple flowers so Sony, having discontinued making them, we bought a used one."
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"In addition to capturing colors in the problem range pretty well, all 24 colors in photos, particularly those in the blue side red through purple range, of the Crayola crayons looked good."
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Price

Price:
"While 8MP sounds great, this camera has too many problems to make it competitive with other cameras in this price range."
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"Perhaps one of the reasons people had criticisms about it was it's high price."
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"The only problem with F717 was it was a little cheap in construction so when it began turning on and off randomly (some problem in the hinge I think) it was time to look for a new camera."
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"This camera truly sets a new standard, and considering it's very reasonable price tag, definitely worth it!"
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"You can photograph fast-moving children and pets with wonderful results and get great indoor shots as well, an area the other cameras in this price range generally fall short."
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"excellent, a good investment, money,"
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"Having done semi-professional work in the past, I highly recommend it for the money."
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"I did not want to drop good money into the unknowen so, I started a month long reserch for the perfect camera for me."
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Quality

Quality:
"It has excellent battery life (a huge problem for some digitals) and delivers great image quality."
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"I loved the 717 at the time, but I dropped the 717, and though that I would go with the 828 as an upgrade to the 717.The 828 is not an upgrade at all, sure it has more pixels, but the picture quality is not as good and I have a ton of problems with purple fringing in my photos."
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"This Cam was huge let down,Noisy Noisy Noisy, very dissapointed in image quality:[...]Just look up this cam and you will find the info about its noise factor."
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"8mpx doesn't mean anything when the CCD censor is small, and doesn't give you a good quality result."
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"As I tried it, the quality was not good as it is."
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"I had a Fuji S7000 and had to return it, the photo quality and focusing problems were horrible."
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"For $999, you can get the 6.3MP Canon Digital Rebel which has far superior image quality and considerably less noise per picture, AND is compatible with all of Canon's EF lenses."
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"It has excellent battery life (a huge problem for some digitals) and delivers great image quality."
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"Of course the quality of the Zeiss T lens is nothing short of extraordinary."
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"The picture quality is astonishing, as long as you shoot at lower ISO settings."
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"great quality."
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Range

Range:
"While 8MP sounds great, this camera has too many problems to make it competitive with other cameras in this price range."
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"I had pretty much given up on capturing colors in the problem range when I came across a posting on line by a women who was having problems capturing the color of purple flowers but claimed that a friend, using a Sony F828 was able to capture and email photos with proper colors of purple flowers so Sony, having discontinued making them, we bought a used one."
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"In addition to capturing colors in the problem range pretty well, all 24 colors in photos, particularly those in the blue side red through purple range, of the Crayola crayons looked good."
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"In desperation I mounted paint color chips in the problem range on a piece of cardboard and my wife and I went to a Best Buy where a wide range of working digital cameras were on display and viewed the test board with each one."
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"The Olympus sometimes was pretty good at capturing both ends of the color spectrum but was terrible in the problem range."
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"I give this camera 5 stars because I think it does a pretty good job compare to other camera within its range (NOT SLR)."
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"You can photograph fast-moving children and pets with wonderful results and get great indoor shots as well, an area the other cameras in this price range generally fall short."
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"Zoom range is more than adequate with a surprisingly good wide angle and good macro feature."
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"In desperation I mounted paint color chips in the problem range on a piece of cardboard and my wife and I went to a Best Buy where a wide range of working digital cameras were on display and viewed the test board with each one."
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Speed

Speed:
"I was using a nikon 5700, but returned it - focus was painfully slow and lens started to make a grinding noise when zoomed out."
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"Another problem with F828 is has a slow Autofocus (AF)."
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"The color is great, a high quality lens, the camera is fast, and EIGHT megapixels, well that's just AWESOME!"
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"In addition, I love having shutter speed control, manual zoom and focus, manual flash and tilting the handgrip so you dont have to hold the LCD screen near your eyes like a dork."
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"It is very well build, has very nice , sharp , versatile and fast lens."
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"Read the Digital Camera review sites, this camera is listed as one of the FASTEST and BEST cameras ever reviewed...BUY this with confidence...Hope this has been helpfull to most of the consumers, I was tired of the SONY bashing, when to me there is nothing better."
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"The 707 was fun, but slow, almost unusable for brochure work, the 717 was a big improvement and the 828 is truly awesome."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"It doesn't do wide angle, and it doesn't really zoom, so its not much good."
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"- The manual zoom lens is a VERY welcome relief from nasty electronic zooms."
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"This camera is great, it has a manual zoom ring that, to me, it had been missing from digital photography for too long."
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"The lens was qualtiy great along with the zoom, but it didn't make up for the negative aspects of this camera."
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"You can add filters which is nice, and the manual zoom is so quick."
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"Zoom range is more than adequate with a surprisingly good wide angle and good macro feature."
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"The zoom factor is so small it might as well not be there."
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"In addition, I love having shutter speed control, manual zoom and focus, manual flash and tilting the handgrip so you dont have to hold the LCD screen near your eyes like a dork."
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