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Old May 14, 2010, 9:22 PM   #111
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congrats, it is really a great camera and will meet your needs I am sure.
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Old May 16, 2010, 12:09 AM   #112
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One more question. I have been hearing that black color is better due to reflection issues. Is there really any truth to that or is it not that significant?
The color of the camera has absolutely no effect on the images it captures, unless your subjects are so attracted or repelled by the color that they act weird. People might ignore a black camera. My first digicam was blue and silver, and I wanted to make it less visible, so I painted it with black enamel... which peeled off, leaving a blotched camera that people notice. Darn. My other P&S digicams are silver/aluminium, except for a silver-red Olympus that goes underwater. And my Pentax K20D is basic black, but sometimes mounts silver lenses. Makes no difference.

Color and reflections... I suppose if you were shooting closeups of reflective stuff, you and the camera might show up in the final image. Maybe that's desirable, maybe not -- and if I don't like the color, I can always fix it in post-processing. Shoop those problems away...

I recently read an account of someone with a new Pentax Kx in "Imperial Stormtrooper White" who took it to Disneyland for a day of snapshots. Didn't get much shooting done -- people kept wanting to talk about the kewl-looking camera! Similar stories from owners of red Kx's. But little P&S digicams have been made in so many color for so many years, I doubt that yet another colorful trinket will draw much attention.
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Old May 16, 2010, 12:12 AM   #113
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I have an olympus EPL-1 in silver with a silver color lens, there is no issues what so ever with reflection. Colors really do not matter. Black just looks more pro from so peoples point of view. Also look at all those huge canon pro zoom lenses. They are not black, they are a off white.
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Old May 17, 2010, 12:24 PM   #114
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Oh – that’s great news because the camera I bought is blue J. Thanks for the info. I don’t know why others thought that it makes a difference.
When I was searching for forums and reviews, to find more info about this camera, someone somewhere (don’t remember where I have seen it) made the argument that the color of the camera can create reflection issues and can negatively effect the outcome. So he was suggesting that it would be best to buy a black camera.

I should receive my package sometime later this week. I have also ordered these items, please let me know what you think and if there is anything else I need to get:

* Lexar 8 GB Pro SD Card 133x high speed
* Lowepro Apex 30 AW All weather camera bag
* Spare battery -> Panasonic DMW-BCG10 ID Secured
* ClearTouch Crystal Screen Protector made for ZS3 by BoxWave

I am so excited. ))
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Old May 26, 2010, 10:39 AM   #115
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UPDATE:
The camera finally arrived this week!

Well, to my surprise the camera I received was black instead of blue as it was advertised. I don't necessarily care a whole lot about the color of the camera but I was concerned not knowing what kind of camera I received. After all just by the looks of it, the camera seemed fine but it had quite a bit of scratching on one corner of the LCD screen. I called Adorama and they admitted that they made a mistake. I told them I wasn't too troubled by the color difference, but that I wanted to know what the quality grading was for this camera. As long as it had the same or better grade, I was okay to keep it. (Especially since they didn't have any other ZS3 on hand!). So, they told me it was graded as E for Excellent and that the only cosmetic problem was those scratches on the LCD screen but I was assured that the camera was in excellent condition otherwise. And they gave me $20 discount, so I ended up with this camera for only $124!!!

I realize that, if this camera is really in excellent condition as they say it is, I think I just had a steal deal @ $124!

However, here are my questions to you:
Do you think Adorama is a reliable and trustworthy enough to believe what they say is true? What if I got suckered in to a bad deal, thinking it is good…..??? (On a side note, I purchased a 3 year protection plan that includes accidental damages. So if something goes wrong, I can probably get it fixed).
How important / crucial is the scratches on the LCD screen? Is it purely cosmetic or do you think it can affect the performance of the camera? I am thinking it is probably mostly cosmetic problem more than anything else… but would like to hear your comments.

The camera also didn’t come with the user manual which I was able to download from the manufacturers website. NO big deal. But I am missing the original software that comes with the new camera. Do you know how I can get it or shall just forget about that and get another software? I don’t have a huge budget to spend on a software at this moment. What’s your thoughts on that?

Thanks!
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The software that comes with the camera does not amount to a hill of beans! So that is no great loss at all. Just download Picasa from Google, it FREE.

The key question is this: Are you pleased with the photos?? If you are you got a good deal.

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Old May 27, 2010, 7:51 PM   #117
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Hi Sarah, I love the camera so far. I just need to learn how to use it! LOL
I am taking my time with the user manual and trying to learn the different options etc. The real test will be this weekend as we are going to the beach for our Memorial Day weekend getaway.

So far, I shot couple pictures in the house under not-so-perfect light conditions. I will post one picture under "photo critiques" that I tried to retouch in picasa. I hope you check it out and let me know what you think too.
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The LCD obviously won't affect the photos but the scratches indicate usage by someone who wasn't very careful with the camera - and that would concern me. $124 for a ZS3 (even used) seems like a good deal though.

As for Adorama being trustworthy ... mixed bag. I've heard a lot of good and a fair amount of bad. Their BBB rating is a B with most complaints being related to advertising - such as ordering a blue camera and getting black one.

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Hold your receipt, document your contact with Adorama and if you're happy and the camera doesn't give you problems, enjoy it. If something goes wrong, you can fight it later.
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Old May 27, 2010, 10:23 PM   #119
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I have bought a lot from Adorama, and always had great, reputable service.

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