"Flash Recharge warning - LCD turns off when using the flash"2.0 starson by rmpugnier
Pros: Zoom, 7.1-megapixel, Image Stablizer
Cons: Flash recharge "feature".
Summary: I bought this camera and only kept it for 1-day. Everytime I took a picture in Auto mode with the flash on, the LCD would turn off. This would last anywhere from 3 to 6 seconds. After reading through the manual, I came across a note that stated, "When the LCD monitor is on and flash recharging begins, the indicator blinks orange and the LCD monitor turns off. When recharging ends, the indicator turns off and the LCD monitor turns on. The time required for flash recharging will change depending on usage conditions and remaining battery power." (pg. 13 from the Basic User Guide). What's worse is this "feature" cannot be turned off manually - it always happens. I replaced the batteries that came with the camera for rechargable batteries and this issue still occured. I did not notice this feature at the store probably because those cameras are connected to an external power source, rather than operating on battery power. When I returned the camera, the store wanted to charge me their 15% restocking fee. I informed them of this feature and how customers are unaware of it since it's running off external power. The store's "digital camera guru" inspected the camera and tried like crazy to turn the feature off. After soon realizing that this is a new "feature" with the Poweshot A Series cameras, they gladly refunded my money and waived the restocking fee. What's also interesting is this only happens with the Canon's that run off of 2 AA batteries. I owned a Canon Powershot A620 that ran off 4 AA batteries and this would not occur. Now, the A Series cameras that off 2 AA batteries and it seems they installed this automatic feature to save battery power. I believe this is a bad move by Canon. I would much rather have to replace the batteries more often than lose the opportunity to take a quick series of photos. In the end, I stayed loyal and bought the Canon SD800 IS. The SD Series cameras run off a Lithium battery and therefore do not have this flaw..umm, I mean "feature".