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Got mine today. Hope all of you with shipping issues have things sorted...
I only played with it a little bit, but hope for a proper test tomorrow while it's light out. Maybe. So far my first impressions are mostly positive.
I've purchased this as a backup camera to accompany my DSLR, and provide the ability to shoot video. It's replacing an older Samsung, an S1050, 10MP with 5x zoom. The old camera was decent, with satisfactory performance all around despite some noise and graininess at full resolution- apparently the 8MP version of that camera was better in this regard.
Anyway, this is the fastest point-and-shoot camera I've ever used. Granted, I'm not too familiar with "modern" P&S cameras, but I'm definitely impressed with that. Image quality looks good, and the zoom range is impressive- the effective focal lengths obtainable with this camera cover most of the range of my 3 DSLR lenses. Not that my modest collection is super high-end or anything (some $1000 worth, total), but still very nice for a P&S.
My one complaint about this so far is the minimum focus distance. it's pretty much awful (though I may be spoiled by my other camera...). I hope no one bought this thing with the intention of doing macro shooting, because this camera can't get close to anything. It's not a huge issue for me, given my primary camera, but it could be a deal-breaker for some. :\
ONE OF THESE DAYS, I'M GOING TO CUT YOU INTO LITTLE PIECES.