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Pros: 1.) A CMOS imaging chip. Always considered to be step up from the much more prevalent and less expensive CCD sensors.
2.) 16 MB max image data size (4608 x 3456 pixels, that's a lot).
3.) 14x Zoom lens with a wide angle start. This is such a big deal to me to have built in wide angle zoom lens, this one starting at a very nice 25mm. This is what most small point and shoots can't deliver. The wide angle start. Also, the built in Macro setting of this lens delivers outstanding close up images. The world is breathtaking from 1/2 an inch away.
4.) USB 3 interface. This is still a rarity in cameras as of this writing. Excellent for moving those 1080P videos.
5.) 1080P recording! Even this cameras bigger brother (the Coolpix L810) is only 720P.
6.) AA batteries. Able to pick up a pair anywhere and keep going (but there is a real downside to this. See Cons).
7.) The flash will not (can not) pop up on its own. If it warns you that you should be using a flash and you don't wish to, than the camera will recalculate the image settings by slowing the shutter speed, raising the ISO to get you a grainy image but that control is left up to you.
Cons: Alkaline batteries ARE a con. NIHM batteries work great with this camera.
The real deal breaker with this camera is the zoom. Zoom a few feet, the viewfinder is out of focus,. A couple seconds later, it's in focus. Opps, I zoomed too much because the viewfinder was out of focus. Zoom back. Out of focus again. Opps, I zoomed back too much....Very frustrating
Data is slooool to load to the card
Other Thoughts: I bought this camera from a local retailer. **** Buy.
I returned it and bought a Nikon S8200.
The S8200 is a much better buy, having a normal operating zoom, LIO battery that recharges in the camera and has all the pros above. The S8200 does not have the manual pop up flash which I like and prefer, however.
Pros: UEFI bios
Many SATAs and USBs
Cons: Needs 64 bit OS
OS gets robbed of memory with 32 bit.
This DOES NOT happen with FM1 boards and FM1 APUS.
I'm at a complete loss as of why.
Other Thoughts: WEI