I recently replaced a very aging Canon S50 5MP camera as it was starting to get some wear and tear and also the size and weight was starting to get annoying, you know that feeling when everyone pulls out a compact thing sand you pull out the dinosaur.
So i did some research, and i was happy with canon (despite hearing about nikon and panasonic) canon still seem to have some excellent cameras and after using cnet to read some reviews - http://www.cnet.com.au/canon-ixus-120-is-339297963.htm
and it got the editors award i decided to grab this.
Interestingly i read the user reviews, all of them, most peoples complaints didn't bother me .. like how long it took to take a picture, but one guy ripped into it saying "very poor quality photos even on the highest resolution setting. Most times the photos are blurry or have lots of digital noise. Colors are not as vibrant and bit saturated than other brands like Nikon. Also you Can't change the default settings of the 'Auto' function, so the camera will try to do things when you don't want it to. Sometimes, even my phone camera (Nokia N95 8GB)takes better quality photos than this camera. The HD video is ok i guess but if you need to take video its probably better to just get a video camera instead, cause this take up massive memory. Overall, as a camera for photos, I don't think its as good as cnet rates this to be. I think they rate this so high because of the HD video."
Since his comments stood alone compared to most other reviews, i didn't pay as much attention, you know, if everyone said it .. i'd understand.
After using the S50 for years, i instantly noticed, this guy was right, images are simply ... not sharp, full of noise and generally just a mess, i mean for 12MP, i expected to see leaves on a tree when i snapped it, instead it just look like my old camera on a blown up page...
I wonder if i'm missing something, does anyone have one of these cameras and they are happy with it, maybe you have some custom setting you use to get the most from this camera and screw the auto setting.
I'm tempted to see if the company i bought it from will accept a refund and i get something else, though i'd rather keep it at this stage and not go through that painful process.
Should i maybe not snap at the highest resolution? should i switch off auto and set an ISO to 100 (a setting that did produce a better image?) etc etc as i'm usually just an "auto" guy but maybe its time to learn a bit more, or have i just bought a terrible camera and nothing i can do?
EDIT: I had an assumption i would like ot add, my S50 cost me nearly $1000 9 years ago, i figured a $300 camera 9 years later would be better than a 9 year old $1000 camera, wrong assumption? When i'm ready for a $1000 camera, ill go DSLR but i need something compact and handy but still awesome in the meantime.