The answer is I don't. If I need a quick pic of something, there is always the camera in my iPhone 3G. But I recently got a chance to set up this little Nikon for my stepson and review his work. It was very impressive. The images were clear, focused, and sharp. The camera itself is about the same size but much thinner than a pack of smokes. This makes it easy to carry around in a shirt pocket when those photo moments arise. Given the consistently excellent results, what's not to like.
Well what you get in miniaturization you give up in control. While most (and maybe all) DSLRs have electronic controls, they are loaded with manual overrides allowing the photographer to take control quickly. Going through menus whose common features are tiny icons is cumbersome. A 3X optical zoom is nice, but it offers no optical zoom for those who use them. Anti-shake technology is built in using Nikon's VR system found in its best cameras and lenses.
I installed a 4GB SD card which stores far more than the camera can hold between charges. A one GB would be more than adequate but my stepson was going to Scotland for three weeks and wouldn't be taking his laptop. I wanted him to have the capacity to take lots of pictures, and he did, but came no where close to the 4GB card's potential.
As to charging, we did have a bit of confusion about European voltage. After a bit of research on Nikon's web site I learned that voltage regulation is built into their chargers.
This is not a professional camera. But it is a good camera that has my stepson enthusiastic about photography. Since attitude is aptitude, I may be hearing about DSLs from him soon enough.
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Ware Cornell (anotherlawyer)
I try lawsuits for a living. The law has been very good to me in the sense that I am able to do what I love for people who need my help. I take pride in what I do, and understand that my profession … more