Why It's Cool
It's tough, for one thing, owing to its magnesium body. But it's also smart, with a 28-200mm SLR-equivalent Carl Zeiss zoom that's very bright and supersharp. » You can start firing within a second of powering upand we're talking full-size eight-megapixel shots at a screaming 2.6 frames a second. » The lens tilts, so you can shoot at wildflower height or flip the camera over and use it like a periscope to spy on baboons, all without crouching or standing on tiptoe. » Battery recharging is as simple as plugging the camera into the wall. » You can capture eerie black-and-white images in total darkness with the night-shot mode.Hmmm . . .
The slowest shutter speed is 1/30 of a second; that's not slow enough to capture twilight scenics. » At 2.1 pounds, this camera isn't light.
*Expect to pay less than MSRP at your local shop.