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Old Jul 2, 2006, 5:12 PM   #1
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Finally did the Alaskan cruise thing that I bought the S5200 for last year.
This camera has really suprised me. This poor camera was banged around, rained on (every day), turned on and off a kazillion times, and has come through the ordeal with flying colors. About the ONLY complaint I had was the case design I have, puts the camera in lens down, and removing it I would almost always change the dial setting, then it would not be in a mode I thought. Can't say that is the cameras fault however. This poor thing had been so wet from rain, sometimes it was hard to tell if I just dunked the thing in water. Mix that with cool temps (30's-50's F) and it did remarkable. Worst pic's were taken all had one thing in common, taken through glass somehow. About 1000 pics taken (changed the battries at about 650, 2500 mah's). This camera has really exceeded my expectations. The low light modes were wonderful inside buildings even capturing things like native Amercian dances, etc. The antishake mode really paid off in the overcast weather, wildlife photography, like eagles flying, whales breaching, things like that.
It's full optical zoom really paid off, how ever I wish I had a good add on tele lens, but can't blame the camera on that either. No matter how I carried it, hand held, neckstrap, case on belt, it never got overly heavy or bulky. It never got slippery even when drenched in rain, always a positive grip.
Anyway thought I would share a real life experience.

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Old Jul 5, 2006, 6:30 AM   #2
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Very pleased to hear your report on the S5200/5600, I purchased two of them this week, like you I wont let rain stop me from getting the picture.


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Old Jul 6, 2006, 8:46 AM   #3
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Thanks also. I just bought the 5200 and I have never enjoyed a camera so much. It did not cost so much that I am afraid to use it. It also exceeds anything I could want a camera to do and I use photos to get info and ideas for paintings.

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Old Jul 9, 2006, 7:09 AM   #4
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Glad to read your report on the s5200 fofa! I bought the s5200 about a month ago and so far I've been extremely pleased with it also.

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