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Pros: This camera is amazing. First of all, the effects that it can produce are pretty neat, and I find myself using Program mode often, so I can get a better or more stylized shot. Choosing night settings and proper ISO you can get some good shots even in dark areas.
Auto mode does a pretty good job of selecting the right settings for you. My pictures always come out pretty clear. For most casual shots I just use the "M2" setting which is 5MP. The shots are already ridiculously huge and it gives me enough detail to edit them later if I want. If you're a web uploader, most sites you upload to truncate and resize them down anyways.
Low light shots seem pretty good to me. I don't own a DSLR to compare to, but they sure look nice to my amateur eye.
HD video is nice, even in low light, again, speaking as an amateur though. I took some video outside at 3AM with sparse lighting and I could see my subjects clearly.
Start up time is insanely fast compared to what I upgraded from.
Cons: (More review text and thoughts, not cons yet.)
There are 6 resolution settings;
S, 0.3M, 640x480
M3, 2M, 1600x1200
M2, 5M, 2592x1944
M1, 8M, 3264x2448
L, 12M, 4000x3000
W, Widescreen, 4000x2248
There's a stitch-assist function to take panoramic shots, which is cool. Color Accent and Color Swap is fun to play with, as is Sepia and B&W.
I took a photo of a far away subject at max digital zoom and it came out pretty nice, even if it was a little grainy.
(OK, REAL CONS NOW.)
I'm enamoured with this thing, but if I had to choose some cons;
- There's no screen protector film on the screen out of the box, at least mine didn't have one.
- There's a mic but no speaker, playing back your videos you get no sound.
- Not enough fun effects, like Color Accent. :)
Other Thoughts: Basically, it's an ultra compact, point and shoot, that takes photo's great enough for the average casual photographer. I can fit it in my jeans pocket easily and you almost forget it's there.
Battery life is excellent. First week I took it out and used it occasionally throughout the week and it still reads full charge. I bought a spare 3rd party (NB-4L) battery for it, and took it with me just in case when we had a night of partying, but I didn't even need it. (I'm sure that will change as I continue recharging it though.)
I got the black color because of the grippy textured matte finish I had been reading from other reviews.
The included software is pretty nice. I've not purchased a pro software suite though, since I always use the bundled stuff that comes with my cameras. This one is nice though so it's my main software now.
I didn't purchase this from Newegg this time, but I decided to write my review here since I write a lot of reviews here anyways
This review is from: DiRT 2 Xbox 360 Game
Pros: Dirt 2 features incredibly cool tracks, sweet looking rides, tight controls, a fun Dirt Tour mode, and intense online racing.
Graphics are pretty awesome, some details of the cars could use some more attention, but in general, they are pretty nice.
The tracks are just amazing though. Rally racing through the mountains of China, or the jungles of Malaysia is so awesome with this game.
Rally racing games are always fun, due to the varied locations and terrain. It's fun to drift around a huge 'U' on dirt.
The replay's are fun to watch after you finish the race, with the dynamic camera switches. After an intense race, it's cool to just sit back and watch your performance, it's like watching a televised race almost.
Cons: - Takes a while to get through the menu's.
- Customization is very limited.
There's only a set amount of "skins" or "paint jobs" as it were, for each vehicle... there's no Forza level of customising your car's paint job here.
While the lowered customization for the handling characteristics of the cars is fine, and expected for an accessible arcade/sim hybrid game... the lowered customization for the appearance of your car is disappointing. Not worth skipping the game over though.
Other Thoughts: Can't believe the price this game is at right now. (27 USD and free shipping? Awesome.)
Playing this with a racing wheel is insanely fun.
This is the 3rd copy of this game I've purchased. Bought one for myself on the PC. My Dad got hooked when he used my Logitech Driving Force GT. So I bought him this game and an Xbox 360 racing wheel and gave him my Xbox 360.
This most recent purchase is for my brother. I bought him an Xbox 360 for his birthday in 2008. So all he needed was this game. (And a wheel, but that will have to come later.)
I'll probably have to buy another Xbox 360 for myself, because as it stands, my Dad and Brother can play online together, but I can't play with them. =(
Wish this game had cross-platform online like Shadowrun.
This review is from: Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
Pros: Bought this wheel for my dad after he got hooked on my Driving Force GT with Dirt 2 on the PC. He kept commenting on how he wants one of his own.
There was no way his PC was up to the task of running a game like Dirt 2, so I regretably packed up my 360 and gave it to him as a gift, along with this racing wheel, and a brand new copy of Dirt 2.
The wheel is aesthetically very sharp looking. I like the design. The pedal design is very smart, preventing it from lot's of movement, it actually works pretty well.
At the lower price I was able to catch this at, I feel like I got a real bargain.
Cons: Force feedback is good but not great, since I've used the Logitech Driving Force GT, I knew how really great force feedback should be like, and I was not as impressed with this wheel.
So I had to take off one egg, but don't get me wrong, playing with the Xbox 360 wheel is still very fun which is why I left 4 eggs on. As I said earlier, force feedback is good, but not great.
Other Thoughts: There is no knob shifter on the base, but it has paddle shifters. Perhaps in order to keep the unit more compact.
I miss my Xbox 360, but my PC is built for gaming and it handily wins in that department. However, I know at some point I will probably buy another one for myself.