Ease Of Use/ Performance
The fact that the camera has an electronic view finder as well as the LCD makes it easy to use for both the contemporary and traditional photographer. In addition, the menu is very easy to navigate, and manipulation is easy - especially if you have experience with digital cameras.
Many digital cameras tend to lag when you initially turn them on, but you can start taking pictures with the S2950 within just a few seconds after it is powered up. The continuous shooting also has a good time range, and cannot be considered slow for this type of camera. This is especially true given the fact that you can choose different methods to do so.
The number of pictures that you can take before your camera calls it quits will greatly depend on the type of batteries that you use. If you use lithium batteries, you can take 600 or more photographs before it dies. If you use Ni-Mh batteries, you can take 450 or more images before the battery gives out. However, the standard AA batteries may only take about 300 pictures, but those are still good odds in my book.
Ok, I know you want to know about the quality of the pictures. Well, I must say that the pictures seem to be vibrant and clear even when taken at full zoom - but especially when taken at an average zoom. The pictures look great when transferred to the PC, but I cannot speak for how they will turn out if they are printed. I must, however, point out that all the pictures that I am referring to were taken during the day. Some users have reported noisy pictures when taken in low light conditions, but I cannot confirm or deny their findings.