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Though the S700 doesn't offer much in the way of manual controls, at least it doesn't try to hide them from you. In addition to a handful of scene modes, there's a sub-par movie capture option which maxes out at 320x240 30fps video.

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I found the S700's buttons small and just a little too flat, making them difficult to push. The four-way nav--for exposure compensation, flash, macro and self timer--had more travel, but was also surprisingly stiff. I frequently had to press multiple times to get a setting to register.

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As you'd expect from a camera in this class, image noise eradicates almost all detail by the time you reach ISO 400; everything shot there and above is effectively usuable, with some exceptions based on image content. The noise would be less of a problem if the images were sharper to start with--as you can see from the ISO 100 crop, what little detail is there looks smeared and blurred.

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You can see the barrel distortion at the S700's widest angle of 35mm-equivalent, but that's pretty typical for this class of cameras. However, the S700 also displays vignetting--darkening in the corners of the image--which is less common. (I increased the contrast for the inset photo to make the vignetting more easily visible on different displays.)

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Although the S700's auto white balance worked reasonably well overall, it occasionally hiccuped. For example, it misread this scene (right), but worked fine when set to the daylight preset (left).

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