Pros Compact form
Takes AA batteries
Fully automatic point and shoot
Cons Optical viewfinder does not capture full seen and shows significant spherical distortion
No image stabilization so low light pictures may turn out blurry, even for the steadiest of hands
Video isn't a replacement for a camcorder
Summary This is a great, compact point and shoot budget camera that is worth the retail price of $109 and is definitely a steal if on sale. The camera is a point and shoot in every sense of the word so there are no manual options. However, the camera lives up to the powershot brand and takes great pictures in all automatic modes. Like many other cameras, the camera has various scene modes that let you choose the setting, and then the camera takes care of the rest. In daylight, the camera takes clear pictures with little to no noise which is typical for most Canon Powershots. In low-light, with the lack of image stabilization, most pictures turned out blurry. With adequate stabilization, such as a tripod or resting the camera on a table, low-light pictures turned out clear with little noise.
This camera also takes 720p video which is useable. The extra resolution does not seem to be a significant increase because videos still come out to look about the same as videos shot from my old Canon SD500. Most of the time, even with adequate light, the video seems darkened. Video also comes out shaky because of the lack of image stabilization. There is also no optical zoom during recording so the focal point is fixed after you press record. There is however, digital zoom which allows for some usability.
This camera is a great throw-back to old cameras that took standardized batteries and had viewfinders. The AA are a plus, but the optical viewfinder is almost unusable because it doesn't show the whole picture. In addition, looking through the viewfinder almost makes it look like you're looking through a marble because there is significant distortion (does not show up in the pictures). Overall, when considering the price of the camera, it is a great value that takes clear images in various scenes. The video is ok to use on occasion, but is not a substitute for a real camcorder. The only thing that this camera is really missing is optical image stabilization which would have probably brought it up to 5 stars.
Pros The HD video option is 720 - impressive in the sunlight. Auto mode is very quick and intelligent. This is a great camera for Mom and Dad.
Cons This is a point and shoot camera. Low light pictures, forget about it. You may want to upgrade. The flash is not powerful enough. Indoors i.e. low light the HD becomes grainy and looses sharpness. Most importantly: This camera saves video in .MOV format.
Summary This purchase is a huge disappointment for video in low light. Also, editing these files with windows movie maker is not an option. Why would Canon change a good thing? It was only $103.00. Overall pictures are great in the bright light, this is usually when Mom and Dad are awake. This is not a camera for taking pictures at an evening concert. You will need to purchase the optional flash offered by Canon.
Pros I chose it because of the optical viewer and standard AA batteries. Works well, optical viewer is nice, though I used it less than I anticipated. Automatic exposure works well.
Cons Failure of lens moving renders camera unusable after 29 months of normal use. I never dropped it and was careful with it.
Battery compartment is somewhat clumsy to open. Macro option not always sharp.
Summary Would not advise to buy this camera because of battery usage and early lens failure. Batteries don't last very long. and low battery message appears even when batteries are not low yet, some fiddling with the batteries makes it work again. Apart from that a decent camera for household use. Nice wide angle and 4x optical zoom.
Live and Program modes
Effects found on higher end cameras
Great for macro shots
HD quality video recording capability
28mm wide angle
Cons Grainy pictures on low light scenes
Noise evident above 200ISO
No AV cable included
Summary This is the kind of camera you stash in a glove compartment or in the pocket of your backpack, ready for a spontaneous scene that's better preserved by a camera than a camphone. It's cheap enough for you not to cry if it breaks and it takes great pictures even if you care less about composition, lighting or angles. Don't dream that it can beat even a budget DSLR when it comes to resolution, contrast or depth of field, but it gives you enough control to tweak your settings that can make your pictures look like it was done by a pro. As it is, it's a great budget camera you will not regret buying.
Pros Price, Batteries, Size, Weight, Viewfinder
Cons Automatic Mode
Summary This is a great little camera for the price. I got this as a gift to replace my very old 7.1 MP Sanyo digital point-and-shoot camera. At first, I was disappointed with the quality of pictures taken with this camera, but I was only using the Auto mode. I don't recommend it! This camera takes much clearer photos using the Program mode, which also allows you to tweak the different settings such as the ISO speed. In Auto mode, it detects and sets your ISO by itself, and in my case it was doing a terrible job at it.