Pros Great image quality, excellent image stabilization, fast f2.6 aperture, great low light shots, scene modes work great, AA batteries were a savior when ripping off hundreds of shots a day on vacation
Cons nothing major. Would have liked to see a 28mm wide angle lens, but at least you can add one on with the adapter
Summary For the price and size, it is hard to imagine a better camera out there. This baby has fantastic image quality, it is very fast, has the new digic 3 processor, the best aperture of any compact digital I've found (f2.6) excellent image stabilizing, and on and on.
I especially liked the quality of low light photos. This has been a problem in every compact camera I've ever used. But the night scene mode worked very well, and with the ability to manually override settings that other compacts do not, I was able to dial some shots in even better than the default settings. They also included a ton of great settings for things that all of us take pictures of when on vacations, such as fireworks, aquariums, museums, etc. When you are somewhere that doesn't allow flash photography, the low light and high iso settings work great.
The movie modes are the best I've seen as well. They even have a 60fps setting, where most cameras max out at 30fps.
Better than many other cameras out there at twice the price!
"Amazing camera"on by jpenny43
Pros manual controls, video quality, battery life
Cons battery door a little difficult for me to open
Summary After my nikon point & shoot broke I went online to review cameras and this one struck my interest because of its price and features, manual controls & photo quality,I was really surprised with the video quality, shoot 1 hour with a 4gb card.I burn them onto dvd and they are great.
Pros Easy to operate. Automatic and scene modes produce good quality images in most conditions. 4x optical zoom instead of 3x. Optical viewfinder. Image stabilization and face detection. Uses AA batteries.
Cons AA batteries add weight and bulk, but is a good trade off.
Summary Canon has earned an excellent reputation for quality and the Powershot A570 IS digital camera is no exception. Although, competitors have cameras with similar technology for less, in my opinion Canon just does everything a bit better and it is worth the price. For example the camera includes an optical viewfinder, which is useful if there is a lot of glare on the LCD. Also, the camera packs a little bit more zoom, 4x optical instead of the 3x that most of the competitive landscape has. In addition to the auto and scene modes Canon gives you controls over the exposure, white balance, and shutter speed. If you just want to use it as a point and shoot, the camera usually does a great job at automatically adjusting to the shooting conditions. Although, the AA batteries add a little bit of bulk and weight, if you run out of juice for a few dollars you can pick up some spare batteries and keep on shooting. Or, if you you are going backpacking you can throw in some spare batteries. The lithium ion batteries found in the super compact cameras work great, but you are burdened with always having to recharge the batteries and when you run out of juice you are stuck. I would recommend the Canon A570 to anyone looking for a solid, easy to use camera, with a good set of features, and the option to manually control settings.
Pros Manual Controls / Price / Image stabilization / Image Quality
Cons Noisy at higher ISO's
Summary This is the second Canon A series camera I've owned. I had the a510, which was great for me for a couple years. The a570 has an impressive set of features for the price ($188).
The image stabilizer is a nice feature. I can shoot indoors at 1/5 of a second with low/medium light and get relatively crisp shots. You really can tell a big difference between IS on and IS off.
Size is nice. Relatively compact. You can put this camera in a medium size pocket easily. I like the looks of it too. Sleek silver.
Having manual controls is great a great feature. ESPECIALLY if you're planning on growing with the camera and aren't just going to point and shoot daylight photos. While you may not use them often, when you do want them, they are there for you. [Example: I wanted to take a picture of my GF by candlelight w/o flash and had to leave the shutter open for 10 seconds. The shot would of been impossible with auto or preset settings]
The only real issues with this camera it's pretty noisy beyond ISO 200. This probably won't be a problem for 90% of the people out there and to be honest, most all of the other compact / point and shoot cameras (Fuji excepted) are the same with this ISO issue.
The other thing is flash recharge time. You can help this by getting high mAh, (2500 or better...I have 2700) and high quality (Lenmar recommended) batteries.
One more thing. The 7 I gave this camera is relative to all camera groups. If I was rating the camera WITHIN the point and shoots and megazooms it would get a 9.Updated
Image quality is very good and the camera is easy to hold in one hand to take shots.
I like the new digital zoom. It can be used during movie mode also, which is nice.
The flash settings are great. You really have control over it. You can have it auto adjust (default), adjust manually, or use a combination of the 2.
Also, the new red eye remover in camera is a cool option. Would be better though if you could set it to auto remove upon shooting.
The camera's resolution options step down from 1600x1200 (Too big for most computer screens) to 640x480 (Too small for good viewing). It's not a huge deal, as you can use bulk image resizing with photo software, or the amazing Picasa 2 which you can set to automatically resize upon emailing. But would be nice if I didn't have to. This is a small gripe. I just don't understand why 1024x768 and 800x600 aren't options.
Pros Image stabliser, large screen,
Cons Battery life (lasting only 5 to 20 shots ! !!!! )
Summary Although I have been a strong advocate of Canon camera, this camera has not lived up to expectations on one acccount.. Battery life ! .. With fully charged battery, it can simply show the low battery sign after a few shots.
I have had low battery signs with a new Energizer Alkaline(many brands also tried)and Chamolein 2300Mah full charge. After shooting about 2 to 20 pics .. some with the flas the low battery comes right on.. very exasperating !
The problem apparently is not isolated as many 570 users seem to have the similar issues http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/digital-cameras/canon-powershot-a570is_question.html?qid=15701