Pros Picture/video quality is superb, better than I could have imagined.
Cons Takes some study time to figure out all its features.
Summary I was debating between a selection of $150 cameras available at Target but chose the Canon PowerShot for $200 after reading the various CNET reviews about a month ago. I cannot even begin to tell you how thoroughly impressed I am with the quality of this camera.
It is my first owned camera, though I have used other makes and models over the years. I brought the camera with me to a couple concerts this past month and was so impressed with the picture and video quality that I decided I needed to add my two cents to the world of online reviews.
The first concert I took it to was the first time I really used it, so I just left the setting on auto and still took some pretty good shots. However, at the second concert (Dodger Stadium 6/23rd I played with the features a little bit, using the manual mode and the high ISO for these night time shots, trying out the digital zoom and taking over 45" of video (using a 2GB SD card). I cannot tell you how amazed I was/am at the quality of it all.
The videos especially blew me away, as I used the digital zoom and was able to capture some incredible footage of the stage from way back in the upper deck of the stadium. I mean, when you can see the intricate movements the drummer is doing on the big screen that is on the stage (with the video setting at 30 frames/sec and 320 pixels). Even the sound was better than I could have hoped.
I've been using the Duracell Power Pix AA batteries, which seem to last a pretty long time. In the last month I've changed them once or twice, but that was over the course of 800 pics, almost an hour of video, plus using the LCD screen, not to mention all the playback on the camera itself.
I'm still playing with this camera, trying to get the most out of the available features, but I am more than satisfied and have no regrets purchasing it.
The only reason I refrain from rating this 10 out of 10 is because I doubt there can ever really a perfect anything, and perhaps I haven't had it long enough to find any flaws. Either way, I'm very, very happy with it!
Pros Big LCD, 4x zoom, Only 2 batteries
Cons None so far
Summary I have only had this camera for 1 day. I had a powershot A70 and decided it was time to upgrade. I was about to buy the A550 about a month ago when I was on Canon's website and saw the A560. It has a bigger screen and has the digic 3 which I assumed had to be better. So I waited I bought the A560. Its light because of only using 2 batteries. It feels solid and is very easy to use. I wanted to get a more advanced camera but my wife just likes to turn it on and shoot. So this camera was in the middle, it has enough buttons and features to satisfy me, but is very easy and my wife loves it.
For the price I couldn't find a better camera, I loved my A70 and already love my A560, features, menus and what not are nearly identical. Two thumbs up Canon, thanks for makeing a solid camera in my price range.
Pros Excellent camera when it works
Cons Have bought 2 in the past month and both have broken
Summary Love the quality of the photos but the lens has broken on us twice now. By broken I mean that it locks up and says there is a lens error. 2 different A560's in the past month... maybe 3rd time is the charm? DEFINITELY buy a 2 or 3 year warranty because I am certain that it won't hold up that long! I am rating it a 3 because no matter how great a camera you make as far as photo quality goes, it should be able to be reliable for at least 3 years!
Pros Excellent pictures, easy to hold, 4xzoom
Cons None so far
Summary I originally purchased the sd 1000, which is a great little camera, but a little too small for me. I checked out the future shop web site, and saw the A560 for $159, $40 off the regular price. I must say, i am very happy i returned the sd 1000, the A560 in my opinion is a better camera, the picture quality is about the same, but i find it easy to hold, simple to use right out of the box, i still haven't looked at the manual. If you wan't a tiny camera, that you can stick in your shirt pocket, then i would recommend the sd series, but if you wan't something a little bigger with comparable picture quality, then i recommend the A560. It also takes AA batteries, which in my opinion is a plus, you can buy a package of 4 rechargeables, and keep a couple of spares in your pocket, and they are available at any Walmart or Zellers store etc. Oh yes, it has a 4x zoom, rather than 3. So far i haven't found anything i do not like about this camera. So unless it breaks on me, hopefully i will have it for a while.
Pros good outdoor shots
Cons camera shake came on
Summary camera shake came on even when it was flat surface so photos came out blured,had to pull out batteries to reset it,battery life was poor,red eye was a big problem,as was most indoor shots were too dark and yellowish,reading reviews you would think it was a great camera,when put in scenic mode it blured photos
you will need to learn this camera before you use it,options that you can change on the lcd you should have been left in the menue where they could not be changed as they get changed when you dont want them,my casio took better photos and was slimmer as did my panasonic if you want to pick up a camera point and shoot and get good photos avoid this canon camera 4x zoom lens not enough and camera blur yellow tinge on photos and too dark,took some good outdoor shots i wold say biggest problem is red eye bought for $129 at office depot so it was cheap i could no find any reason that camera assist caused camera blur until i took out batteries to reset it,have not used the camera since so i dont know if taking out the batteries cured the problem or will it come back if it comes back i will just dump the camera you need to be about 4ft from subject to stop redeye and make photos not dark batery life was only about 120 shots on recharble aa