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Old Dec 4, 2005, 5:38 PM   #1
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A friend asked me to keep an eye out for a good digital camera for an upcoming trip to Nepal. I see the S4 has a 10X zoom lens, but I don't see mention of any image stabilization. Has anyone hada chance to try it out ? And I'm not sure about the whole swivel idea, except (I presume) that it allows the long lens in a compact body. Why not a fold out LCD, as with my 8800 ?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.Also,any thoughts ona high res, ultra compact ?

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Old Dec 5, 2005, 4:30 PM   #2
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I'm very happy with my s4.

the zoom is fantastic in such a small swivel body. (very useful for taking pics unnoticed and from unusual angels)

Of course you shouldn't expect miracles when using it in low light and it has no manual controls but it is a fast, compact nice camera with alot of potential.

I would recommend it!
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Thanks for replying. Does the zoom have stabilization ? If not, how good are your full zoom shots ?

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Hi!

No, there's no stabilisation and therefore you need a tripod if you want to use it in low light comditions but outside on a normal day my fullzoom pics came out fine.
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Hi Steve,

My partner bought the S4 about 2 weeks ago, but hasn't had time to really use it, as the weather has been awful.

I am on sickleave at the moment, so he let me play with the S4. I do like the camera. You might remember the first photos when I tried out the 8800, so I did the same photo and some others concerning the zoom.

The first one is W, the second one is full optical and digital zoom
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this shows the door in the middle of the previous photo
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I think the full zoom photo is not quite as good as the the zoom on the 8800, but it certainly would do.

The bigger screen on the back is certainly a bonus, contols are easy to use.

Just another set of photos, same settings as before
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The shed in the previous photo is barely visible in the first photo.
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just one more, a close up
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You shouldn't use the digital zoom. Just use the optical 10xzoom.
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