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Nikon Coolpix S550 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Cool Blue) by Review Summary ,  Sep 28, 2015

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Nikon Coolpix S550 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Cool Blue)
Report Date: 10/29/2015
Based on 262 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 5.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.7   average
Zoom4.7   above average
Compact4.6   average
Photo4.5   average
Quality4.4   average
Size4.4   average
Video4.4   average
Color4.2   average
Image4.2   average
Light3.8   average
Flash3.7   above average
Setting3.6   below average
Battery3.0   below average
Lens1.3   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"This is a nice little camera but I went through two of them because of the cheap lens doors broke and the battery compartment door broke too."
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"It did satisfy my need for a small portable digital camera until the small lip on the battery closure door broke off."
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"This camera has a good size but is too slow and there is something wrong with the battery and charger, I have bought an extra battery and it not working!"
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"I had read another complaint about not being able to charge the battery inside the camera."
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"Lastly, and this is really annoying, one has to remove the battery from the camera and place it in a separate charger to charge it."
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"This camera has a good size but is too slow and there is something wrong with the battery and charger, I have bought an extra battery and it not working!"
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"The BEST thing that they could have done is charge the battery externally."
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"The battery charges pretty quickly."
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"Your best bet is to purchase another battery, doesn't have to be from Nikon (I bought one from a third-party), since you never know when it is going to run out."
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"I hope that wasn't too confusing)-Indivisual battery charge (meaning that you can't take pictures while it's charging."
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Color

Color:
"I'm not an expert but te quality of the picture, the color and definition wasn't good, thanks god I bought this in amazon, and got my refound! "
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"Just got the Nikon Coolpix S550 (cool blue color) to replace my daughter's broken (lens won't retract) 7mp Pentax Optio."
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"Outside exposure and color are quite good, unfortunately the pictures are soft; however the average person who moves from a disposable 35mm camera to the S550 should be quite impressed."
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"I was able to capture the items, their exact colors, and was so on-target that, our decorator was amazed at the accuracy."
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"PROS:* Ease-of-Use* Thin* Lightweight* Accurate color* Excellent even at long-distance shots* Superb value for the price* Can take videos* Recharges quicklyCONS:* Does not have a number indicator to quickly find a previously taken pictureEven my dad, who is accustomed to expensive cameras with assorted lenses is impressed with this little camera."
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"I love the black and white and sephia color options also they make very beautiful photos."
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"No problem with the color."
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"The color on the pictures is wonderful, this camera can take great pictures when other cameras fail."
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Compact

Compact:
"Compact cameras with weak flashes never perform well indoors, that's a known fact, and I did not expect DSLR quality with this little guy."
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"Small and compact design is perfect."
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"Let me say that if you are looking for a high-quality photo (10 MP gives incredible detail) in a compact, easy-to-use camera, look no further."
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"This is a great compact camera that is easy to use and takes clear pictures."
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"If you don't believe me read the cnet reviews which name the powershot one of the five best compact digital cameras on the market."
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"It's also a nice compact design but with a big viewing screen."
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Flash

Flash:
"The on camera flash provides okay results, not spectacular, as you'd expect from a point and shoot camera."
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"For indoor flash shots, the automatic setting is not perfect for all circumstances."
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"I bought this camera because my Sony Syber-shot was broken first the flash went and then I dropped it in the pool so it was time to get a new camera."
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"Compact cameras with weak flashes never perform well indoors, that's a known fact, and I did not expect DSLR quality with this little guy."
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"If you don't use flash, no problem."
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"If you are not sure whether or not there is enough light, err on the side of using the flash, its always your best bet."
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"The auto flash is pretty good at picking the setting."
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"I am very impressed with the quality of the images this camera takes but you have to be outside in the sun or able to use the flash or it's gonna be very blurry."
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"The night portrait setting takes pretty good pics at night but it uses a flash and if anything is moving it has bad motion blur."
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Image

Image:
"Sometimes its a little hard to keep my hand steady so I have to take the pics again but I do alot of still photos so its ok."
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"The last camera I had I was missing the button to snap the photo and wasn't the desired color I like and this one is."
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"I have tried every setting, had camera snobs look at it, read the manual cover to cover, and every pic taken in low light looks horrible."
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"Love nikon my 1st real camera had it for 2years now and it never let me down.. Clear nice pics"
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"My only complaints are sometimes the lighting is poor, and sometimes the image stabilization is ineffective."
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"I took it to a concert that allowed cameras and I didn't want to flash everybody's eyes out so I played with all of the settings and could not come up with a good image."
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"I have a Nikon DSLR... but carry this one around because it is small and takes almost just as good pics!"
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"It takes great pics."
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"On bright sunny days, I get fantastic looking pics, especially using the macro function for gorgeous close ups."
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"Small, but great pic quality and easy to use."
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"Nice photo camera and does a decent video with sound also."
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Lens

Lens:
"This is a nice little camera but I went through two of them because of the cheap lens doors broke and the battery compartment door broke too."
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"Google this model and lens error before buying this camera."
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"It's the lens error message."
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"We went to a party and guess what, A lens error no more camera."
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"I had brief problem a few months ago with the lens sticking in zoom position, but after some gentle coaxing, that seems to have gone away."
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"Pros-- It's lightweight, easy to use, everything you've readCons-- It's a big one, do a search on 'Nikon coolpix lens error' The lens on this camera has a propensity to self destruct."
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"Battery life seems very good so far, and the camera itself feels solid and well made; switches operate nicely and the built in lens cover operates smoothly with no weird grinding noises like some cheaper P&S cameras I've had occasion to use."
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"I had a Canon for 5 years and was very happy with it so I was hesitant to try a new brand; however, being an optometrist I know Nikon are great optical lenses so I decided to go with this camera."
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"I especially appreciate the automatic lens cover."
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"The zoom lens is great, but I feel as though some reviewers may have used the zoom when not necessary and with a shaky hand, created some blurry photos."
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Light

Light:
"I have tried every setting, had camera snobs look at it, read the manual cover to cover, and every pic taken in low light looks horrible."
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"To be fair, i'm not an avid photographer, but this camera cannot take good pictures in low light."
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"this camera works best in natural light, i've had some problems with low light and night scenes."
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"In low light conditions this camara don't work at all, I've tried every possible setting with no success, good looks but terrible photos, with very good light the photos are just OK, please check another options before buying this thing! "
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"One criticism i read related to the fact that it did not take great low light pictures."
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"It is practical, light, and easy to used."
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"I took it on vacation and took a lot of awesome pictures and I have taken a lot of good pictures at home of my animals and stuff but after a lot of playing with settings I realized that it has to have a good amount of light."
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"The pictures are not sharp if you have even slightly less than perfect light (like on a beach in full sunlight).When you buy a 10 mp camera, you should be able to make good quality enlargements, but if you are even a little bit picky, you will notice that the edges of things aren't sharp, even at 5x7 without cropping."
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"This is a great camera, very small, nice photos, easy to use, light weight, I love it! "
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"this camera works best in natural light, i've had some problems with low light and night scenes."
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Manual

Manual:
"The apologists for this camera will claim that perfect results only come to those with the patience to pour through the instruction manual, negotiating their way, Thesus-like, through this confusing and inscrutable Cretan's Labyrinth towards excellence."
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"i've had some problems with the scene modes and setting, but if you read the manual and experiment with different setups and scenes you will quickly become more comfortable with the camera."
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"Biggest problem I have is that the Owners Manual states that the accompanying Nikon Transfer program disk has to be installed prior to the transfer and viewing of pics stored on the camera."
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"Although cool looking this camera is a sophisticated piece of equiptment capable of producing some great pictures for the average person, but it does require you to read certain portions of the manual or you will not be satisfied with the results."
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"The macro modes are a little hard to find too, but then I haven't read the manual yet.."
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"None of the suggestions in the manual yielded any change to the blurry and thoroughly objectionable photographs I had subsequently taken."
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"Most people who have reviewed and gave it poor ratings simply need to read the manual ... the features are terrific, size is perfect and the image quality is phenomenal!"
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"This camera, like every other one, can seem difficult to navigate, however, If you take five minutes to read the manual, then you will understand how to use the camera with no problems."
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"I bought this for a trip to Vegas, got it a day or two before our trip, read the Quick Start and a few things in the manual and had no problems."
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"I am not a professional photographer and I found it very easy to go through the manual and learn what I needed to get great pictures all the time."
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Photo

Photo:
"What the S550 does NOT do that causes me to write a negative review of it is take decent macro photos."
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"In low light conditions this camara don't work at all, I've tried every possible setting with no success, good looks but terrible photos, with very good light the photos are just OK, please check another options before buying this thing! "
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"I see that others have complained about the blurriness softness of the photos, and others haven't."
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"But the camera takes great photos."
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"It fits easily in my pocket, takes great photos, has several scene settings for all occasions, and can take several beatings."
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"Have taken many wonderful photos, easy to use, stores a lot with the memory card."
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"I love the black and white and sephia color options also they make very beautiful photos."
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"This is a great camera, very small, nice photos, easy to use, light weight, I love it! "
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Price

Price:
"This is a nice little camera but I went through two of them because of the cheap lens doors broke and the battery compartment door broke too."
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"I'm fond of Nikon digital cameras and though other brands were offering great cameras at the same price, I regret buying this product."
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"This is a nice little camera but I went through two of them because of the cheap lens doors broke and the battery compartment door broke too."
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"I got this after reading reviews that it was a decent camera and the low price also convinced me to give it a try."
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"very nice camera at a good price"
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"I found it for under one hundred dollars and for that price I'm happy."
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"Great pictures for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"I'm not an expert but te quality of the picture, the color and definition wasn't good, thanks god I bought this in amazon, and got my refound! "
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"This whole experiences has left me extremely disappointed with the quality of Nikon cameras."
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"You cannot take wonderful pictures with this machine, but quality is good enough for everyday use."
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"I bought this camera to replace my broken Canon SD790 IS, and the quality of pictures and features don't even compare."
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"Fourth, the feeling is terrible, the controls have a wobbly and low quality feeling."
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"The quality was simply horrible no matter what lighting I used and no matter which ISO setting I set."
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"Small, but great pic quality and easy to use."
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"When taking photos of our belongings (we live in a hurricane-prone area)both the short and long-range pictures were of very good quality."
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"Out of the 5+ digital cameras I've had this has to rank the lowest in quality and ease of use."
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"Nice easy to use camera with excellent picture quality."
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"But if you can be patient, the image quality is well worth it."
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Setting

Setting:
"I took it to a concert that allowed cameras and I didn't want to flash everybody's eyes out so I played with all of the settings and could not come up with a good image."
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"i've had some problems with the scene modes and setting, but if you read the manual and experiment with different setups and scenes you will quickly become more comfortable with the camera."
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"For indoor flash shots, the automatic setting is not perfect for all circumstances."
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"In low light conditions this camara don't work at all, I've tried every possible setting with no success, good looks but terrible photos, with very good light the photos are just OK, please check another options before buying this thing! "
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"The Macro setting gets you to within 10cm, which is not great, but still about the same as other point and shoot cameras."
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"processing time for photos, even at the 10MP setting, has not seemed long or inconvenient."
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"battery and mem chip can be used in either and once you use this camera you see how easy it is to go from different settings you'll love it too."
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"It fits easily in my pocket, takes great photos, has several scene settings for all occasions, and can take several beatings."
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"The camera takes forever to load from one photo to the next.2 - Settings are a pain: Every time I needed to take a picture I had to try a few different settings to see what the best option was."
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"The auto flash is pretty good at picking the setting."
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"I took it on vacation and took a lot of awesome pictures and I have taken a lot of good pictures at home of my animals and stuff but after a lot of playing with settings I realized that it has to have a good amount of light."
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Size

Size:
"It did satisfy my need for a small portable digital camera until the small lip on the battery closure door broke off."
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"This camera has a good size but is too slow and there is something wrong with the battery and charger, I have bought an extra battery and it not working!"
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"Nikon Coolpix S550 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Graphite Black)This camera has more technology in sugh a small device that it is hard to comprehend."
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"the only drawback [which some see as an improvement] is the size."
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"This camera is not small and sleek but the weight and contour make picture taking very much more stable and comfortable."
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"This is a pretty small complaint overall, but I would have still preferred a wheel."
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"Small and compact design is perfect."
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"I have a Nikon DSLR... but carry this one around because it is small and takes almost just as good pics!"
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"It's got high resolution (10 MP) and the zoom is great for the camera's size (5x Optical)."
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"It did satisfy my need for a small portable digital camera until the small lip on the battery closure door broke off."
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"Small, but great pic quality and easy to use."
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Video

Video:
"I find I am unable to transfer video files from the camera to my Mac with OS X."
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"Cons - Found that while taking video, the sound level is not so great."
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"Although the mic is terrible and you'll probably just want to mute it, you can take movies of a pet where you can see every individual hair from a respectable distance if you so choose."
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"my first camera but it takes great pictures and good videos very happy with it its a good camera to start out with i would recommend it"
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"Nice photo camera and does a decent video with sound also."
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"The video is GREAT!"
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"I have shot some pretty impressive video with this thing."
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"One more thing I love about this camera is the quality of the video."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I had brief problem a few months ago with the lens sticking in zoom position, but after some gentle coaxing, that seems to have gone away."
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"The 5X zoom lets you reach out and get pictures that a 3X zoom just doesn't do well."
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"It's got high resolution (10 MP) and the zoom is great for the camera's size (5x Optical)."
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"Best tip I have for this camera is that when you use the digital zoom, use a tripod!"
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"The regular zoom works great on its own, but once you add that extra zoom (when you cross the little bar on the screen) the pictures come out blurry without a tripod, but this happens with all cameras with digital zoom."
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"It has a very large LCD screen and what's even better is that you can view a picture and zoom in pretty close."
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