Hey QantasA332 and others,
I'm using the Olympus C-740, which is basically the same camera, it just has less megapixels.
I am happy with it and most shots turn out good
I'm using the "auto" mode almost all the time, because I think it gives me the best results, if something isn't working, then I use the "P" mode.
One thing that I have discovered is that you have to be careful with the zoom. The less zoom, the better photos.
Here's a few examples, taken during different light conditions.
--important note, I'm just a happy amateur, so this is just what I've experienced with the C-740, might be the same as with any camera and it might just be mine :P ---
First off, days with blue sky and good light.
If the light is good, you can use more zoom. (Again personal impression..)
If it's overcast, I find it hard to get good photos of moving aircrafts, especially aircrafts taking off. Then it's just to try over and over again, carefully panning along with the aircraft.
I think it's easier to get good photos when the sun is low, when the sun is high, white fuselages tend to get overexposed.
One important thing is to be steady on the hands, pan along with the subject or to hold the camera perfectly still. Of course this is not as important in good light conditions as it is during overcast days, during early morning, late evening or when the only light available is artificial.
Sorry for all the plugs, but I hope this will help someone..
[Edited 2004-04-19 15:03:13]