"GREAT Camera for the price"3.5 starson by damian5000
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.