After seeing pictures taken on a birding trip by a friend with this camera, I bought one as soon as we got home.
I took it on vacation with me to the dunes of Michigan and couldn't believe the pictures I got. The zoom is absolutely phenominal. I steadied the camera on a deck railing, not even a tripod and the pictures were perfectly clear even at 100x zoom. I just love this camera.
I used Canon SX40HS before bought this camera. First, I look for camera with super zoom, because I have DSLR only have reach 400mm with weight lens...
After read opinion and search for suggestion, I decide to buy this one for travelling and daily use. This camera was awesome for going somewhere, compact and free of lenses changing...the zoom was great for me, especially for candids and wildlife...superb!
My desire for a viewfinder eliminated most other point and shoots and was my major reason for buying the X-5. There have been too many cases where I could not see what I was shooting in an LCD screen.
I am most pleased with the Macro modes. I take a lot of plant pictures and get wonderful results without having a clue what I am doing.
I bought this camera when it was on sale, [$], So far no complaints. For the regular price it's a very good camera. My camera broke, a more expensive one, I needed one quick, picked this up and I'm very satisfied with it. crisp clear pictures and easy to use. For the price it's a very good value.
Like the professional feel of it, the electronic viewfinder, and the tilt-able 3" lcd screen...I think it's a really good camera to cut your teeth on before diving into the more expensive and technical dslr cameras. On AUTO PICT you can just point and shoot and get great shots, and if you want to take more control over how your pictures turn out there are plenty of options to let you do that. It's 1080p video, so that's great too, and you get a ridiculous 187x zoom in digital still photo mode, but you can't zoom it like that in movie mode. Uses AA batts, I bought three sets of rechargeables so I will always have some on standby..Has a pop-up flash and a neat focus-assist light that has amazed me more than once when taking pictures in relatively low lighting. Too many features for me to explain, saw nothing else in this price range with these features, and would recommend the camera to anyone wanting to move up from the toy cameras to real picture taking.
I purchased this camera a month ago and i love it... it's good for distance picture and the result is clear. My family went to a zoo and i used the camera to take a picture of some big animals and turns out good. I recommend this to everyone. the price is worth!
I bought the SX230 HS from Target January 2012 and the second time I used it, spots started to show up on the screen. As I only use the camera on vacation, I didn't realize that these kept occurring until the 3rd time I used it. Even though I could prove to Canon service this happened during the warranty, I have to pay to get the camera fixed and that process is a joke, half a dozen emails, back and forth, finally they say send it in, we'll take a look. Yeah, they looked in the box, saw a point n shoot camera and sent me an invoice, USPS tracking said the package was delivered at 10 am and the bill was in my email by noon. Final laugh, they said they found dust on the lens. Dust on the lens that disappears and then reappears in the same location as before. I am buying anything else but Canon.
The author of this review received a free sample of the product
Pictures are beautiful, camera is sturdy and small enough to drop in my purse, but heavy enough to keep it steady when I'm shooting. The Leica lens, as expected, is superb. Overall would have been five stars, but NO MAC SOFTWARE on the included dvd. You can download a 197 manual from the Panasonic website, to supplement the bare bones 37 page paper manual, but software for pictures downloading, editing, storage, etc., is only for Windows.
Bought this as a backup for my Canon;
Frustrating to use: touch screen is difficult -- need to tap icons multiple times before they register; not easy to target selection, keep hitting the item above or below; sliding to scroll thru selections is iffy. Screen is useless in sunlight, difficult to see what you're aiming at.
Also - images seemed to have a blue cast to them, altho I have not yet looked at them on the computer.
Technology is intriguing but not there yet.
WOULD NOT RECOMMEND