September 1st 2011 2:45 am

final rating

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Image quality Sharp, crisp images straight from the camera . At high ISO nice film-like grain when developed in Lightroom. Nice film simulation modes. great!
  • Video quality Very good footage quality, but you can hear the zooming motor of the lens sometimes. good
  • Battery life It's good, but I'd recommend buying additional battery for these longer all day long walks. good
  • Design and form factor It's quite small, focuses fast and the "silent mode" makes it great for candid street photography great!
  • Durability The build quality is very good, the camera feels durable in hand. great!
  • Speed (start-up time, lag) Very fast start-up time for a compact camera. No shutter lag. great!
  • Ease of use Different operation modes - from point&shoot to fully manual. Great manual controls (except for manual focusing...). good
Detailed review
It's one of the best compact cameras I've ever used. Actually I wouldn't call it compact camera at all, because of full manual controls and manual dials. Its optical viewfinder - great for bright sunny days. I like how the camera operates (no dedicated on/off switch, you just turn the zoom on the lens barrel to power the camera).

The main fault is the manual focusing - practically useless, unless for precise focusing during macro shots (you have to turn little wheel-dial on the back of the camera to adjust the focus manually). I wish that camera had a focusing ring on the lens.

I would highly recommend this camera to DSLR owners who are looking for a secondary small camera for everyday use. It's also great for street photography (small camera size and "silent mode" with no shutter sound at all).