In my opinion, the JZ500 is a bit pricey, but I like it and I had fun shooting with it. We are right in the middle of our spring color season in the Ohio Valley and I shot the SD card equivalent of exposing dozens of rolls of slide film trying to capture that almost riotous explosion of nature's colorful exuberance. Overall, the JZ500 did a good job for me and with the exception of its sudden power crash tendency (when the battery is exhausted) and its irksome play/review button, I have no complaints about the camera.
The JZ500 is obviously targeted toward snap-shooters and casual photographers rather than photography enthusiasts - and that's OK. The JZ500 is a very good choice for someone who wants to take good pictures but doesn't want to get too involved in the photography process; someone moving from a fairly basic first digital camera like the Canon A3100 IS would love the JZ500's 10x zoom and easy pocketability. It is also a very good choice for travelers, backpackers, hikers and mountain bikers who want a tough, lightweight, "go anywhere" camera.
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