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Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Right Side O The Pennines
County: West Yorkshire
For out and about snapping I have a Nikon S9100, it's been fantastic, has full HD video, the largest zoom in it's class (and it's usable with decent image stabilisation) and a useful set of special effects features, one of which I use a lot is the sweep panorama mode.
Picture quality generally good, widest angle is excellent for intimate shots although does bring a little lens aberration in but to be honest in most of my photos I compensate to take this into consideration.
It also has a very fast startup time, switch it on and your ready to shoot almost immediately. It feels good in the hand for a compact and build quality is very good.
I have had one fault which meant the camera had to go back to Nikon to service the lens mechanism but I think that may have been because I switched the camera on accidentally whilst taking it out of it's case and the lens extended whilst still in the case and it didn't like that at all.
There are compacts with better image quality, but as with all compacts there isn't one that does everything well, you will find that you will have to compromise on something, so I compromised on image quality (which to be honest is a tiny compromise when you look at group tests on sites like dpreview.com as they all use the same size sensor, it's the onboard image processing in most cases that lets camera's down) for the humongous zoom capability.
I do wish it would shoot in RAW though.
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