I need a new camera. I know, I know. I just received the above camera for Christmas a year and a half ago. And it frustrates me to no end. The auto settings are fine outside in the daylight. Once I move indoors or encounter lower light, it gets ugly. I can't manipulate the manual settings to improve things and I don't have any patience left to figure it out.
I was an Olympus girl. I loved my prior point and shoot Olympus but it was the size of a DSLR. Too bulky for me to cart around. I wanted something slim and compact that would provide the easy high quality of shots without a second thought that I was used to. I also wanted an extensive zoom ability. So the Olympus Stylus seemed to fit the bill.
Not so much. Indoor/low light shots are always grainy - even just inside during the day. Everyone else's photos from the same circumstances come out fine. My prior camera's shots in these settings came out fine. Not the Stylus. The auto setting washes everything out with overpowering flash. Manual settings make things a different hue and very grainy. As I said, I have read through the manual and tried different settings but rarely do I get the result I want. I don't want to manually interpret and set anything.
The focus is also a problem. Half pressing the button makes things looks perfect and then it won't hold long enough to take the shot. It comes out blurry. The extreme zoom isn't worthwhile because it just makes the quality fuzzy. What looks promising on the display screen turns out horrible on the computer screen, without any magnification of the image. Or even worse, I have the perfect shot, and when I press the button, nothing happens. It just decides not to work sporadically, regardless of battery life.
I have gotten some really great photos out of it - but the percentage is too low. I need higher consistency. As much as I wish that all my photo taking opportunities were outside on a beautifully clear sunny day, that just isn't the case. So before I go out and get yet another camera to attempt to solve my photo frustrations, please tell me:
Sony Cyber-shot? Canon PowerShot? Nikon Coolpix? Kodak Easyshare? Panasonic Lumix? Fugifilm FinePix? Something different? **Point & Shoot model input only please.**