5X OPTICAL ZOOM
ONE-TOUCH HD MOVIE
1GB INTERNAL MEMORY
DUAL IMAGE STABILIZATION
CREATIVE ART FILTERS
ADVANCED FACE DETECTION
Refurbished. I'd pay the $15 more for the new one off eBay daily deals going on right now. Got one (new) a few weeks back at that price, $135.
My review, as posted from the other thread for today's daily deal:
I got it for a few weeks back from the Beach Camera deal. Summary: not the best picture, but awesome camera if you're not too picky about picture quality and just want a camera that can keep up with an active lifestyle. For more details, read on...
Finally got a chance to put it to the test up at Yosemite's Half Dome this past weekend. My thoughts are mixed. Is it tough? Yes. I had it dangling off a carabiner on my backpack while I ran the entire trail and did the cables. It was tossed and banged around the whole day and never had a hiccup. You can see all the little nicks and dings on the surface, but the camera's still chugging along just fine. The next day I also rock-hopped it under three separate waterfalls and managed to get some decent shots and videos, and again never a hiccup.
Picture quality, however, is just decent at best. I did a lot of running shots, and every single one of them turned out horribly blurry, even in the "hi speed" setting. In contrast, even the camera on my cellphone (Samsung Epic) is able to capture such shots on its default settings, though not without a tiny bit of stretching. Even the standing-still shots with correct settings applied turned out good but not great. I'm not much of a picture snob, but even I can tell that the image quality on this camera is definitely lacking. It's also annoying because the lens cover closes each time you turn it off, even while water is still inside, leaving a foggy mess each time you try to take a new set of pictures. Not a big deal, as you can just wipe it away in a second each time you restart, but it'd be nice if there was some form of venting.
It also had a few hiccups on me when I tried to go into the sequential shooting mode. I was trying to take some pictures of a few buddies riding by on motorcycles; but when I entered this mode, the camera image would instantly go SUPER blurry, and it refused to focus on anything, near or far. I had to turn off the camera, pull the battery, and restart it to get it back alive. After a few attempts with the same results (Maybe I'm using the setting wrong? I wasn't able to find an answer on help forums), I just resorted to manually snapping single shots.
Despite these flaws, I'd still call it a stellar deal at this price. None of the other eight people in my group with cameras were able to get the best pictures from ridiculous vantage points, either due to their cameras not being waterproof or having to be tucked away neatly to keep them safely cushioned from the jarring surfaces. In fact, several people in our group had to stay behind while a few of us scrambled over rocks for some pictures from Upper/Lower Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Falls. Afterall, somebody has to watch the sensitive equipment, right? My Stylus Tough 6020 was the only one that was able to come along to record the most exciting of our adventures. Though they've obviously got far better pictures when their cameras were up and running, my friends with their fancy SLR cameras found themselves envying my little tough newbie-cam when they realized a picture is better than no picture.
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