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Canon PowerShot SX120IS 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Images Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Canon PowerShot SX120IS 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Images Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD
Report Date: 10/29/2015
Based on 295 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 6.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Control4.8   above average
Fit4.6   average
Manual4.6   above average
Zoom4.6   above average
Image4.5   above average
Price4.5   average
Size4.5   average
Video4.5   above average
Quality4.4   average
Photo4.3   average
Setting4.3   above average
Light4.0   average
Performance4.0   average
Screen3.9   above average
Shutter3.9   above average
Speed3.9   average
Color3.8   below average
Flash3.8   above average
Viewfinder3.3   average
Noise2.9   below average
Battery2.8   below average
Lens2.6   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"I bought this camera on Amazon about 6 months ago to replace a broken Nikon CoolPix."
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"I would buy another one if I needed only at Amazon( The Best )!"
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"I purchased it from Amazon and received it in a timely fashion and well packaged."
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"I turned to reliable Amazon and they offered it for the same price, but Amazon offered the 4gb SD card as a special offer."
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"After much shopping on line and in store, I found the best buy at Amazon and I feel like I have found the camera that a 73 yr old Grandma can operate!"
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Battery

Battery:
"Camera is great but I hate to see AA rechargeable batteries in this one."
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"In our recent one week vacation, we exhausted about 10 or so AA batteries and that is ridiculous."
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"It worked fine for about 6 months and all of a sudden, I was having battery problems."
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"This solved my low battery problem and the camera functions fine now."
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"Having the SD card in the battery compartment can be a little irritating when I'm trying to change SD cards with a wiggling child on my lap, but the battery life seems decent for using cheap batteries and with the camera being the size that it is."
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"For the older person this might be a plus but in general the large body has no advantage especially when the camera uses batteries up in less than a day and has no ac adapter."
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"The batteries drains quickly but I get great pictures and use it all the time."
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"According to Canon it is capable of using NiMh rechargeable batteries, but I have tried good brand batteries woth no luck."
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"Batteries go out easily and replacing them is quite a pain."
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"Camera is great but I hate to see AA rechargeable batteries in this one."
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Color

Color:
"When I was disappointed at the seeming lack of color of some sunset shots I took, I examined the camera and found a Sunset setting."
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"The images on this camera have a weird orange pink color that show up on skin tones, with a posterized look."
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"EDIT: I was incorrect in saying it did not have color settings."
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"The only thing that disappoints me is it doesn't seem to have the color changing effects on it."
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"Although the intent is for sunsets, I don't think it's a good setting as the natural colors of the sunset are filtered, though it IS wonderful for ugly colored automatic situations, instantly turning white light to a dim italian style' lighting."
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"The zoom is amazing, the color is vibrant, and the images are crisp, all the things I want in a point-and-shoot camera."
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"I really like the true colors in the pictures and it's ability to take good quality photos in fairly dim light without the use of a flash."
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"One other thing I would change about this camera is the color, as I'm not a big fan of black, but that's a color that somebody else might love."
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"The display screen is larger than or as large as any I've seen on all but professional (and very expensive) digital cameras; the price is very wallet-friendly; the battery life is better than average, though still not what can be achieved from customized rechargeables in some models (which are always more expensive, like my wife's Kodak); and the contrast, clarity and color fidelity are outstanding."
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"Color, contrast, and white balance are accurate."
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Control

Control:
"I know its not a SLR but being able to control the exposure, the focal length, shutter speed, aperture, white balance is simply amazing."
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"PowerShot SX120IS filled this gap successfully with great controls, small in size, huge in zoom, low in price."
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"So no doubt in brand, now model: My requirement is Full manual control + ameuture easy to do."
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"I also love the circle dial control."
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"Av is Aperture Priority mode, which allows you to manually control the f-stops, which range from F2.8 to F8.0; good enough range for me."
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"I never really played with the manual controls so you might be able to remedy that with some tweaking of the manual controls."
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Fit

Fit:
"It's not really big or heavy, but this is not a camera that can easily fit in a pants-pocket."
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"After reading a ton of reviews, on everything from a DSLR to a small point and shoot, I told my husband this was the one I felt would fit our current needs the best."
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"When the camera is off the lens collapses in on itself enough that I can fit it (somewhat) comfortably in my jeans pocket."
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"As point and shoot that fits in your purse pocket, this camera has the best of everything."
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"At least for a pant pocket for most users, but it will fit easily into a jacket pocket or purse just fine."
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"I wanted something that works better than a cell phone for taking pictures without going overboard with all kinds of professional settings and features I don't need, and this fits the bill perfectly."
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Flash

Flash:
"It's not as good as the flash of the Canon A630."
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"I will never buy another camera without a viewfinder.2) My second biggest problem is that there's no way to force the flash in a backlit situation."
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"There are quite a few manual features that allow you to get very nice pics in low light situations without a flash as well, it just takes some playing around to figure it out, the instruction manual is not the best."
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"- It won't shoot a good portion of the time if the flash is on and, apparently, the camera doesn't think it needs it, as when I put the flash down, it shoots fine (darker environments, where I think flash is appropriate and then have to light it up in the editing process).That is probably my biggest beef - you can't get a spontaneous photograph, as it doesn't always respond when you try to shoot."
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"Flash while not as good as even a low end remote, is quite capable in most circumstances."
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"I also wanted a camera that wouldn't hopelessly flash without my permission and the pop-up flash solves this problem nicely."
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"I took a lot of great outdoor pictures though, hands down, this is where this camera excels is outdoors (with or without flash), whether its sunny or cloudy, it works best in natural lighting versus a light bulb."
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"The flash is good and bad."
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"The flash on demand worked extremely well and timing was perfect."
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"The technology is slow recharging the flash and in taking subsequent pictures but it is easy to use."
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"Personally, it's not a big deal since the flash can be easily propped up with my left pointer finger without moving the camera too much, but it could be a complaint by some."
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Focus

Focus:
")The Macro setting has a focus screen in the camera, but it's either unreliable, or it's just hard to read."
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"Manual focus is notably weak from a user experience perspective, but it is there and works fine."
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"When the focus is working it takes great pictures, but the focus on my camera workes sometimes."
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"The focus works perfectly."
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"The manual focus was even better than I'd expected and it shoots pretty decent quality video."
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"The detail in micro focus photos is very very good and you can see things that you don't even really notice with your eye."
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Image

Image:
"It,s a good cam and i am happy with itAfter i used it for a wile i start to see some noise on the screen but when i take a shot the photo turn up clean with no noise and that's good :)"
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"I missed many photo opportunities because of these two very annoying aspects."
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"Randomly I will have some great images with amazing clarity, but I had to return the camera after having several vacation images ruined from this painted look."
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"The images on this camera have a weird orange pink color that show up on skin tones, with a posterized look."
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"Tough to get a good photo indoors, Zoom not as good as the Samsung,You get what you pay for in this camera but if you can afford it I'd look upwards in price just a bit."
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"5 stars for all steady in motion images indoor or outdoor with enough light...but might not be the best option when comes to pics taken in insufficient light... i give it 3-4 stars..video quality as well is pretty decent... but no optical zooming in video mode..."
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"Shutter speed is slow, but I am happy with the quality of pics so far and have just used the auto feature."
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"Auto images look pretty good, but I prefer to shoot in manual mode to keep the ISO and to insure there are no surprises like a ling shutter speed."
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"Image quality is great for a 10 MP CCD sensor, and the 10X zoom is was amazing for the time it also features everything from fully automatic to annual modes allowing you to take as much or as little control of the camera as you want."
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"The zoom is amazing, the color is vibrant, and the images are crisp, all the things I want in a point-and-shoot camera."
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"It brightens up well when taking pics in dark places or at night."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"It's automatic mode takes awesome photos in any light even indoors where my other canon digital point and shoot failed me."
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"Tough to get a good photo indoors, Zoom not as good as the Samsung,You get what you pay for in this camera but if you can afford it I'd look upwards in price just a bit."
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"Bring it indoors, in lower light and it's limited f# lens and other compromises will limit what you can and can't do in the auto mode."
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"I found it takes pictures best outdoors, it does pictures indoors good, if you have a good light source, but not so much in dark places with the flash, it only takes okay pictures in dark locales."
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"The indoor shooting is a little difficult to get a good photo."
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"And, if you are skilled in holding the camera steady, you can set the ISO at ISO 800 and take nice pictures indoors without using the flash."
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"Great for fashion photography, animals, kids, indoors, and outdoors."
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"The picture environment selections (Auto, night, portrait, and so on) are excellent, especially the indoor lighting modes."
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Lens

Lens:
"It was an okay camera, but I had a few problems with it, and this summer, the lens motor stopped working."
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"I had a Kodak camera with a Schneider lens and after about 10-15 years, it broke."
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"Unfortunately I dropped it down the paved road of a mountain and it was broken for a while (cursed Lens Error)."
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"Worse, many Canon cameras (Including mine) seem to have lens errors that require service to fix."
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"But the deal killer is that 10 months later, with no warning or obvious reason, it is bricked with the apparently-famous lens error -restart camera problem."
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"This camera has excellent a telephoto (zoom) lens of good length (360 mm or 10X) but unfortunately does not have a wide angle lens (the widest angle here is 36 mm--just longer than the standard 35 mm)."
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"It's a bit problematic around sunset or at night, but the shutter speed is decent and the zoom lens is pretty darn nice for what it is."
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"When the camera is off the lens collapses in on itself enough that I can fit it (somewhat) comfortably in my jeans pocket."
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"1) GENERAL THOUGHTS about Canon old SLR cameras and CANON SX 120 IS digital cameraSince 1973, when I bought my first Canon 814 super 8 movie camera, I have always been loyal to the brand and I currently have two super 8 cameras (Canon 1040 silent and 1014 XLS sound) that I'm saving for some savvy collector who would like to buy them, plus several SLR: a New F1 with AE finder, two A1 with winders and one outstanding T90, with a set of FD Canon lenses ranging from an outstanding 20 mm f2.8 to an excellent 85 mm f1.8, including a rare FD 50 mm f1.4 and a little wonder called 35 mm Tilt and Shift (all manual) for architecture shots."
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"my excellent FD lenses that I refuse to throw away in order to buy the new autofocus ones, especially the 35 TS for which I paid more than $700 thirty years ago!"
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"The main selling point, other than the 10X zoom and the ease of cleaning the large lens from the kiddo'd finger prints, was the AA battery."
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Light

Light:
"It takes decent pictures, but, at distance and in low light, the pictures do not come out good."
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"However, I'm not so happy with the shots it takes in low light."
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"There are quite a few manual features that allow you to get very nice pics in low light situations without a flash as well, it just takes some playing around to figure it out, the instruction manual is not the best."
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"Bring it indoors, in lower light and it's limited f# lens and other compromises will limit what you can and can't do in the auto mode."
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"5 stars for all steady in motion images indoor or outdoor with enough light...but might not be the best option when comes to pics taken in insufficient light... i give it 3-4 stars..video quality as well is pretty decent... but no optical zooming in video mode..."
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"I've seen a lot of negatives with low light and it's fair to complain, but a good picture requires the right lighting."
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"I found it takes pictures best outdoors, it does pictures indoors good, if you have a good light source, but not so much in dark places with the flash, it only takes okay pictures in dark locales."
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"I took a lot of great outdoor pictures though, hands down, this is where this camera excels is outdoors (with or without flash), whether its sunny or cloudy, it works best in natural lighting versus a light bulb."
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"It takes pretty good pictures in low light settings and at night."
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"But for quick pictures of moving children animals in decent light it is fantastic, and also for close-ups and still life shots."
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"I really like the true colors in the pictures and it's ability to take good quality photos in fairly dim light without the use of a flash."
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Manual

Manual:
"There are quite a few manual features that allow you to get very nice pics in low light situations without a flash as well, it just takes some playing around to figure it out, the instruction manual is not the best."
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"Manual focus is notably weak from a user experience perspective, but it is there and works fine."
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"Macro shots also look very nice.4) At first I was annoyed by the wheel on the back of the camera, since it would tend to move when trying to push up or down, but it does make browsing through lots of old photos a snap.5) I've seen some people complaining about the fact that the SX120IS has a manual pop-up flash, whereas the higher level SX200IS model (which my father has, and I've used) automatically pops up the flash when you turn the camera on."
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"Auto images look pretty good, but I prefer to shoot in manual mode to keep the ISO and to insure there are no surprises like a ling shutter speed."
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"It is very versatile having both manual and automatic modes, as wells having video capability."
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"So no doubt in brand, now model: My requirement is Full manual control + ameuture easy to do."
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"The manual mode is nice for those who'd like to fiddle around more with their shots, and I may get into that after a while."
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"I also love the whole manual and program modes."
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Noise

Noise:
"The video quality of this camera is very good, but the background noise is a problem if you are filming in a noisy area, but it still works just fine."
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"It,s a good cam and i am happy with itAfter i used it for a wile i start to see some noise on the screen but when i take a shot the photo turn up clean with no noise and that's good :)"
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"It has been about 30 days since i bought it..Pros:Picture quality is real good for point and shoot cameraZoom is pretty usefulNegatives:Battery life is real short, if u r making alot of adjustments, it is even more short( like 70-80 photos)Makes some noise( doesnt matter for me)And i got this strange error the other day----Lens error please restart!"
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"Most cameras have tiny lenses that lets even less light through when zoomed in, this makes the camera turn up the ISO (more noise), or slows the shutter speed (more blur)."
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"The IS was quite helpful in this regard, and the only downside was that the image had a noticeable level of noise in it."
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"The video quality of this camera is very good, but the background noise is a problem if you are filming in a noisy area, but it still works just fine."
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"There is slight barrel distortion (bulging), but noise levels are great up to ISO 400 and the picture is not completely terrible at ISO 1600 (highest sensitivity, unless you go under ISO 3200 mode)."
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"I hope for the day when someone produces a real point and shooter, one with a fast, wide field of view (non zoom) lens with a photo cell optimized for light collection and low noise (vice high pixel count), and a good viewfinder (vice an LCD)."
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"Exposure wise they came out well, just that they were blurry and NOISY."
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Performance

Performance:
"I really like the performance of the camera and have had very little disappointment in it."
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"I am working thru that problem now, but that has nothing to do with the performance or features of the camera."
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"But unfortunately, I couldn't adjust to it's slow performace."
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"Otherwise, it performed relatively well in dim lighting conditions."
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"While I can't say much about the bundled software or the special effects (don't need or use either of them), the rest of the camera is brilliant - I was able to figure out how to use it in a couple of minutes and it's performed flawlessly since then, giving me great results."
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"I love the 10x zoom, snappy performance of all features, 10MP gives fine detail and color is excellent."
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"The supplied manual is of little help but with a print out of the product description page and some reviews from Amazon I was soon able to make her perform as advertised and take some pretty amazing photographs from this point and shoot treasure."
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"I haven't yet mastered all the special settings, but when I did use them, they performed beautifully."
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Photo

Photo:
"The lag time between photos is the worst of any camera I've ever owned, especially if you use the flash."
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"The sensor does not do a fantastic job capturing smooth, rich photos in low light areas."
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"For me, the aggrevation is that the dial has to constantly be adjusted for nearly every darned light setting, otherwise the photos do not come out well."
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"Some people on here that rate cameras expect too much out of their point and shoot....its not an SLR so the photos in all situations are not perfect, but for its class it does a fine job."
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"As you can guess, the result of that shakiness when snapping photos is, most often, crappy photos."
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"I bought mine back in 2010, and it is still producing some great photos to this day."
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"Enjoyed it and takes very good photos."
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"Basically, unless you're photographing food outdoors in sunlight, this produces bad photos--and that's probably true for other close-up shots as well."
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"Aside from the battery and flash issue, overall this camera does its job and takes nice photos."
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"The photos that were then produced were fantastic!"
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Photography

Photography:
"I'm not a pro, but love photography and after months have never had a serious complaint about image quality for normal snaps or special effects."
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"Second, if you're like me, have little or are not professional at photography, then it's a good choice."
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"I'm not a pro, but love photography and after months have never had a serious complaint about image quality for normal snaps or special effects."
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"Maybe isn't enough for a pro or someone who's hobby is photography but if you want a good camera with a great zoom this is it."
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"I love taking pictures, and would like to learn more about photography in the future."
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"- Decent low-light photography."
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Price

Price:
"I paid attention and got some rechargeable AA batteries along with the camera--problem solved and LOTS of money saved."
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"In other words not only does it take excellent pictures for it's price, it is available for use."
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"When I go on trips, I do NOT want to lug a battery charger with me, OR have to pay ridiculous prices for proprietary rechargeable batteries specific to particular vendors OR have to carry a spare with me so I can keep shooting when the vendor proprietary battery expires, which is usually at the worst possible moment."
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"Overall, after using it for 6 months and taking more than 2000 pictures, I would give it 4.5 stars - it's not perfect, but for this price, you can't beat it."
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"I was a little disappointed in the size as there are several other digitals in the same price rangethat are much smaller."
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"The price was great!"
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"I bought this camera a couple of years ago and at the time it was a pretty nice camera for the price range."
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"Pretty good camera, but not worth the money now"
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"Like with any camera, you will have to play with it to really get a feel for it, and its quirks, but it is a great camera for its price, and takes great pictures."
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"As far as picture quality, it's great for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"The second minor complaint is the poor video quality."
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"I purchased this item to replace a smaller kodak digital camera hopping the pictures will be the same or better quality and based on reviews by other customers, but what a disappointment, the pictures come out too blurry and takes way to long to take next pictures, I'm going to sale it and get a different brand."
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"The picture quality is OK, though probably not quite as good as our old Canon A80 (4.0 megapixel)."
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"I noticed a lot of the people complained about the picture quality, but when using this camera, it is important to make sure you have it on the right picture setting, there is a little wheel on the camera with which you can change to various settings for pictures such as: Outdoor, landscape, party, children, etc, etc."
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"The video quality of this camera is very good, but the background noise is a problem if you are filming in a noisy area, but it still works just fine."
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"Picture quality, however, is consistently mediocre."
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"Shutter speed is slow, but I am happy with the quality of pics so far and have just used the auto feature."
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"Image quality is great for a 10 MP CCD sensor, and the 10X zoom is was amazing for the time it also features everything from fully automatic to annual modes allowing you to take as much or as little control of the camera as you want."
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"Good quality with excellent priceI recommend it to everyone is looking for this productThanksthis will not be my first time :)"
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"And I was hoping it would be a quality camera for him, and he absolutely loves it."
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"The construction quality, picture quality and ease of operation impressed the both of us."
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Range

Range:
"- No decent dynamic range compensation."
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"I bought this camera a couple of years ago and at the time it was a pretty nice camera for the price range."
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"I did not expect to find a camera this good at this price range."
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"Av is Aperture Priority mode, which allows you to manually control the f-stops, which range from F2.8 to F8.0; good enough range for me."
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"It's a smart investment.~~~FINAL THOUGHTS~~~PROS~~- Manual Mode- 10x zoom- Decent video recording function- Good range of modes, some which aren't seen on other cameras- Easy Mode for new digital camera users- Great photo quality; decent in low-lightCONS~~- A lot heavier then a Point-and-Shoot... pretty thick, uncomfortable to hold in a pocket- Short battery life with Alkaline batteries, NiMH batteries are a must- Long flash recharge times.... Face Tracking is useless...CONCLUSION~~Great camera."
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SLR

SLR:
"Unfortunately, I have never purchased a digital SLR because Canon technicians were not smart enough (or honest enough...) to offer an adapter allowing me to use (even manually! )"
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"I know its not a SLR but being able to control the exposure, the focal length, shutter speed, aperture, white balance is simply amazing."
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"I had wanted a better camera than the several year old digital that I had, but didn't want to get into the world of SLR's and this camera is a terrific compromise between size and quality."
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"Some people on here that rate cameras expect too much out of their point and shoot....its not an SLR so the photos in all situations are not perfect, but for its class it does a fine job."
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"I would recommend this one for anybody who want an easy-to-use camera with great feature, almost like a SLR"
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"It is a good camera with a lot of zoom, good before u get an SLR but nothing great! "
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"I had wanted a better camera than the several year old digital that I had, but didn't want to get into the world of SLR's and this camera is a terrific compromise between size and quality."
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"If you need every little detail to be perfect in any lighting condition, then go for the SLR."
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"Overall this operation was easier than on my old Canon Rebel XT SLR."
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Setting

Setting:
"EDIT: I was incorrect in saying it did not have color settings."
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"However I found this small camera has so many features and that if you are not on the correct setting, you're picture often does not come out that well."
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"For me, the aggrevation is that the dial has to constantly be adjusted for nearly every darned light setting, otherwise the photos do not come out well."
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"Although the intent is for sunsets, I don't think it's a good setting as the natural colors of the sunset are filtered, though it IS wonderful for ugly colored automatic situations, instantly turning white light to a dim italian style' lighting."
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"I can't imagine how good the pictures will be once I get used to it and learn the settings."
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"It is a nice camera especially on lower setting of zoom."
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"It's fantastic in direct sunlight on the macro setting from at least two feet away."
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"As long as I had it on the right setting my pictures always came out crystal clear, and even my father whom is a professional photographer was impressed with many of the pictures I took with this camera."
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"It takes pretty good pictures in low light settings and at night."
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"My Kodak had a lens cap that I had to manually put on.2) It's small enough to fit in my purse and I don't need a separate camera bag.3) Having the kids and pets setting is a nice feature."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"Whenever I pushed the button to take the picture, I always missed the shot due to the shutter taking another 2 seconds to take the picture!"
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"I know its not a SLR but being able to control the exposure, the focal length, shutter speed, aperture, white balance is simply amazing."
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"Most cameras have tiny lenses that lets even less light through when zoomed in, this makes the camera turn up the ISO (more noise), or slows the shutter speed (more blur)."
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"Shutter speed is slow, but I am happy with the quality of pics so far and have just used the auto feature."
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"Because unless everyone stands perfectly still while they wait for the shutter sound, which actually varies(!"
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"It's a bit problematic around sunset or at night, but the shutter speed is decent and the zoom lens is pretty darn nice for what it is."
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"It's so easy to change the shutter speed and aperture."
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"Took great pics, zoom was great, compact size, shutter speed was quicker than others I looked at, etc...But she never warned me about the batteries."
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Speed

Speed:
"Another major downside for me: continuous shooting mode is so slow as to be completely useless (well over 1 second between frames)."
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"But unfortunately, I couldn't adjust to it's slow performace."
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"It just doesn't take as good a picture and it is slow."
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"The flash also takes a painful 4 to 5 seconds to regenerate... that is unacceptably slow when you need it under most circumstances."
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"Most cameras have tiny lenses that lets even less light through when zoomed in, this makes the camera turn up the ISO (more noise), or slows the shutter speed (more blur)."
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"But I have been unhappy with point-and-shoots that are so slow you miss the picture and that have only a mini-zoom feature."
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"Shutter speed is slow, but I am happy with the quality of pics so far and have just used the auto feature."
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"Hi,Bougth this camera and I noticed pretty soon that it will sue the abtteries pretty fast."
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"If you're trying to capture something right then and there, it's pretty fast at turning on and loading up."
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"It's a bit problematic around sunset or at night, but the shutter speed is decent and the zoom lens is pretty darn nice for what it is."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"The optical stabilization is a great feature that I didn't even think about, but boy do I appreciate it."
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"Image stabilization works well, but at full zoom it will not do everything for you."
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"I sure wish it had an optical viewfinder so stabilizing the camera would be easier and faster."
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"I got this Camera (Canon PowerShot SX120IS 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Images Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD) for Christmas, and I am very happy with it!"
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"Pros of the Canon SX120IS+ extremely quick shutter response+ vivid true to life colors+ face detection and face tracking (especially helpful with moving musicians)+ pro level manual controls (I shoot a lot in M and AV modes)+ huge selection of shooting modes+ high quality zoom lens+ exceptional image stabilization+ ISO selection is super easy+ intuitive layout handling+ exceptional live view photo review on the large LCD+ dedicated ISO 3200 mode+ weight build feel is typical Canon quality+ depth of field and background blur VERY close to my DSLR+ manual flash instead of auto pop up+ very high quality video captureCons- low light performance is not as crisp as I would like- indoors, skin tones can be a tad pink- battery life is almost non-existent- shooting mode dial is a bit tough to rotate due to being deeply recessed into the body- no HD video mode- kit does not include carrying pouch...even my old Pentax came with a sleeveOverall, the Sx120Is is by far the most intuitive and striking point shoot in this price bracket."
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Video

Video:
"The second minor complaint is the poor video quality."
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"This is in contrast to...The Camera Window software that Canon wants you to use to get images and movies off of the memory card is one of the most stupid inefficient pieces of crud ever to pollute my computer."
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"Sx120 has only digital zoom while recording videos (I hate the output quality of digital zoom), so I do not use it."
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"It is definitely a good camera for home movies, not so much for filming concerts or the like, it just picks up too much background noise for that."
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"Out of all the non-slr camera's I have used, this one is by and far my favorite, it is easy to use, has a lot of functions, its sturdy, and great pictures and decent video."
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"The video quality of this camera is very good, but the background noise is a problem if you are filming in a noisy area, but it still works just fine."
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"The screen is nice and big and it takes very good video too."
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"It is very versatile having both manual and automatic modes, as wells having video capability."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"I will never buy another camera without a viewfinder.2) My second biggest problem is that there's no way to force the flash in a backlit situation."
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"What a mistake...Here's what I don't like about this camera:1) The biggest problem is that It doesn't have a viewfinder to use in bright sunlight."
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"It does have one annoying shortcoming...there is no viewfinder."
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"it's hard to use the LCD display as viewfinder when there's sunlight."
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"My only complaint with the specs is the lack of a viewfinder."
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"The only negatives--quibbles actually--is the lack of an optical viewfinder which was probably sacrificed to make room for the larger lens and the lack of a panorama mode which I never used and is readily available with shareware."
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"Have the powershot 570 and 1100is with still work beautiful and have viewfinders."
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"It would be the perfect camera if it had a viewfinder."
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"I thought I would miss my old viewfinder, but that has not been a problem at all."
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"Unfortunately, whoever designed this (would be wonderful) camera, decided NOT to put a viewfinder, which killed the sale!"
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"I sure wish it had an optical viewfinder so stabilizing the camera would be easier and faster."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"It works good, I find the zoom is not that great if your zooming much of a distance at all."
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"The zoom feature is not easy to use."
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"This camera has excellent a telephoto (zoom) lens of good length (360 mm or 10X) but unfortunately does not have a wide angle lens (the widest angle here is 36 mm--just longer than the standard 35 mm)."
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"Tough to get a good photo indoors, Zoom not as good as the Samsung,You get what you pay for in this camera but if you can afford it I'd look upwards in price just a bit."
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"The only downside is that it is too big for a jeans pocket but then all the 10x zoom cameras are."
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"Sx120 has only digital zoom while recording videos (I hate the output quality of digital zoom), so I do not use it."
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"It is a nice camera especially on lower setting of zoom."
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"Image quality is great for a 10 MP CCD sensor, and the 10X zoom is was amazing for the time it also features everything from fully automatic to annual modes allowing you to take as much or as little control of the camera as you want."
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"The zoom is amazing, the color is vibrant, and the images are crisp, all the things I want in a point-and-shoot camera."
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"The optical zoom is fantastic."
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"The 10x optical zoom was a real boon, and even the digital zoom mode the pictures were clear and crisp."
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