Pros Auto Micro/Macro Toggle. Facial recognition build in. Auto Focus Zoom lets you choose what you focus the most on in any picture. Easy to use (even for the technologically impared). Good price!!! Good software package for beginners.
Cons The buttons can, at times, be hard to hit. This shows true the very first time you turn the camera on. The next problem I noticed was the shutter speed is often times too slow to take pictures of high speed kids (you must remember to take your time).
Summary All in all this is a great little camera for the price. while there are a few draw backs such as slower shutter speeds, and the buttons being a bit awkward, the bang for the buck factor quickly over-shadows the cons. Similar options on a Nikon or Olympus would cost you an extra hundred or two. In most cases I am a firm believer in the "You get what you pay for" mentality, however with this camera you get more than you pay for. I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone who wants a reasonably priced Point-Shoot camera.
Pros A GREAT CAMERA FOR MOVIES (VIDEO).. A VERY NICE 2.5 inch LCD TO FRAME AND REVIEW YOUR PICTURES. CAMERA IS SMALL BUT EASY HANDLE AND USE EVEN WITH MY (OLD) BIG HANDS...
Cons GOOD BUILD BUT VERY WEAK (SD CARD & BATTERY) DOOR COVER.
Summary SMALL ENOUGH TO CARRY EVERY PLACE YOU GO FOR THOSE SPONTANEOUS (GRANDKIDS) PICTURES. ABOUT 1 sec TO BOOT UP, FAST SHOT TO SHOT, 1.5 seconds BETWEEN SHOTS AND WITH FLASH ON 2 to 3 SECS... AT OUR STATE FAIR I TOOK 450 PICTURES AND ABOUT 8 SHORT MOVIES ON 1 BATTERY CHARGE.SOME WITH FLASH IN THE BARNS. NO SD CARD COMES WITH CAMERA,YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ONE, A HIGH SPEED 2 gig CARD WOULD BE GOOD FOR ABOUT 750 PICTURES, IF TAKEING A LOT OF MOVIES BETTER GET A 4 gig HIGH SPEED SD CARD... I LIKE TO USE (AUTO) OR (P MODES AT 80 100 iso OUT DOORS). AND INDOORS (P MODE) OR (INDOOR MODE)( PORTRAIT MODE), JUST SEEMS AUTO MODE INDOORS PICKS VERY HIGH iso's AND THAT MAKES FOR TO MUCH NOISE IN THE PICTURE FOR ME, BUT TRY FOR YOUR SELF TO SEE WHAT YOU THINK... I LIKE THE FLAT BUTTON ARRANGEMENT AND HAVE NO TROUBLE PRESSING THEM. AGAIN THATS JUST ME...
Pros so easy to use ,takes super pictures...super intuitive!!!!
Cons None at this, had not used the video feature yet...will update review
Summary pd. 169.00 at best buy...guys steered me away from nikon and olympus...didn't want another sony(too many features for my purposes).......i discovered the easier the technology, the more one uses it. i take this camera everywhere-lake,art shows, wine tastings and it always takes clear vivid pictures! Super battery life, easy to dowlnload photos to file,small and comfortable in your pocket,
a MUST buy!!!! thanks Canon for designing a quality product /w/ the non-photographer user in mind who wants to document the world.
Pros Low cost. Compact size. These pros are, however, irrelevant as the camera is unreliable and regularly produces blurred and fuzzy images.
Cons Useless auto shooting mode renders the camera unworkable as a point and shoot camera. Blurred and unrecognizable images are typical and reliability is below average.
Summary This is my third and last cannon camera. My previous Canon was the more expensive PowerShot SD780 IS . Both that camera and my PowerShot SD1200 IS - REGULARLY switch into macro shooting mode when the camera is set to AUTO. When I have used either of these canon cameras in social settings close to 1 out of every 4 photos I take are blurred. Canon's auto shooting mode detection software automatically switches the camera into Macro shooting mode even when the subjects are 3-4 feet away. When this occurs the camera must either be turned off or manually switched into the correct shooting mode. Due to the cumbersome controls on the camera this becomes an extreme annoyance during the inopportune social situations that such small cameras are intended for. The Canon SD1200 IS is essentially useless as a point and shoot camera.
NOTE: These issues were not accurately addressed in CNETs review of either camera which I read before making my purchases. I was attracted by the price point and size of these cameras and CNET's positive review. I feel that CNET did a slipshod job with their review and will take future CNET reviews into consideration far less in the future.
"CANON'S anomally"on by picman001
Pros Comes in your choice of colors
Cons Grainy pics, Auto mode has faulty focus/flash, Flash overbright, missing modes(no Stitch Mode), might as well be a no name brand
Summary As a life-long CANON user I would say this is the worst of the Elph line. The most important thing for me is the picture quality and the SD1000 & SD1100 had that down so I was in for a shock when I got the SD1200. It's pictures were ridiculously noisy even at the lowest ISO's with a dull cast (generally CANON cameras always have a brightness to their colors versus other brands) overbright flash pictures, useless Auto mode with malfunctioning focus and misfiring flash (after the first time , I never used the AUTO mode again), No STITCH Mode (one of my favorites!) and a bunch of other missing features. Strangely the SD1100 had a larger sensor and more features then the SD1200 (kind of backwards). The SD1300 and the SD1400 which are the next in the line seem to have many of the features reinstated. This model "just doesn't belong".
Bottom Line: Buy ANY other model from CANON.
Actually the best CANON Powershot was the SD400 because it had the largest sensor in a CANON compact (people thought I was using my SLR, picture quality was so good). Don't know why they never made another model with that large a sensor.