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I've been following your website since I got my digital camera. I got it for my birthday from my wife, who said she will buy me a digital camera and I have to choose it now and end of discussion. I've never thought about getting a digital camera (at least not loud). So I had few days to jump into the cold water and start swimming. Salesman took note of my previous photographic experiences and wishes about new camera and than suggested I buy a new version of a compact digital camera for 250€.
Salesman reasoning: top quality, metal body, precise buttons, new model, excellent optics made in new technique of super slim ceramic lenses, big screen, good battery life – and pocket size, perfect for hobby photographers ...
Salesman offered free return if I won't be satisfied (I bought it abroad with extra insurance).
I was very disappointed with pictures (today, after reading all your articles, I can speak in digital language). There was a lot of noise, no contrast, a lot of blurry images. After three weeks they've given me another camera when I showed them my photos. (Hint, if you're not happy with your camera, return it.)
Three weeks later the story repeated (photos looked as before, but with an additional finding: the camera is useless under direct sun light – LCD screen is almost invisible and the camera doesn't have optical viewfinder). I've returned the camera for a different model.
Again three weeks passed and I was back in the store. Reason: unsharp photos, contrast too low, a lot of noise, underexposed objects on nature photos.
No questions asked, they've taken the camera back and offered me one model from a higher class and one mini compact camera. I've taken the one with an optical finder and which was compatible with SD memory cards, because otherwise my SD card would be useless.
What bothers me with this camera is poor battery performance comparing to the former camera, charging the battery is inconvenient as I have to remove the battery from the camera and insert it in a separate charger (which means I had to buy a spare battery and always carry it with me. Why didn't they make a slot for one extra battery in the camera?). Less program modes than my last camera. The plastic cover of AV and USB connectors looks like it will break soon. Finally, there's only one location in this country for repairing these cameras and it's not cheap.
How do I feel about my photos and what is my opinion in this subject! As I've said, I've read all your articles and reviews. If I would read them before buying my cameras, I'd acted differently. For bad photos, I've blamed the cameras, but now I know that I just didn't use them properly. Noise and blurry images were produced because of the way I was shooting.