Pros

  • Overall good image quality (well white balanced, vivid colours)
  • Good optics (sharp, most shutter speeds are HIGH, better low-light performance)
  • Little need for post-processing (good levels, good colours, sharp)
  • Great menu system
  • Good controls layout, intuitive
  • No barrel distortion
  • Fairly good LCD
  • Auto ISO sensitivity adjustment
  • Solid build quality
  • Good ergonomics (CF card ejector etc.)
  • USB
  • Value for money (compared to similarly priced digital cameras)

Cons

  • Fairly slow operation (compared to most recent)
  • Unusual zoom range (60mm just isn't quite enough)
  • Image noise in low-light
  • JPEG noise in flat / shadow areas
  • Badly fitting lens cap
  • Zoom mechanism noisy
  • All settings should be stored after power-off
  • LCD should be optionally on/off at power-on
  • No uncompressed mode

Overall conclusion

Here's my rating of the DC280:

Detail Rating (out of 10)
Construction 8
Features 6
Image quality 8
Lens / CCD combination 8
Ease of use 8
Value for money 8

Overall I liked the DC280, it took decent, vivid, sharp and well white balanced (something close to my heart) images. I would like to have seen a more reasonable zoom and the few control quirks ironed out but overall it's a good camera, if slightly difficult to fit against its competitors.

Average

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