Pros + FAR superior low light performance
+ Image stabilization works well
+ Great compact size
+ Nice big LCD
+ Easy intuitive controls
Cons - Tiny buttons
- A bit unstable
- A bit slow
Summary I bought this for my wife to replace a 5 year old Sony DSC-T7 (5 megapixel point and shoot).Edit URL
The Canon has FAR superior low light performance, image stabilization works well, great compact size, nice big LCD relative to the size of the camera, and easy intuitive controls (although tiny buttons, if you have big fingers, they're a touch too small in my opinion).
To compare, I took similar shots with both cameras, one outside in full sun, the other inside in low light with the flash on. I left both cameras in full auto mode. On both shots, the Canon outperforms the older camera (with 5 years of improved technology, I expected nothing less). The low light flash shot was dramatically better on the Canon (and taking a low light shot without the flash was even more extreme).
The outdoor shot, although the Canon was better, it wasn't a whole lot better. To be honest, for 14 megapixels I was expecting a little more fine detail/sharpness in the image. Shame on me for thinking a higher resolution sensor would really make that much difference -- when examining fine details, it's really all about optics, and no point and shoot lens is going to measure up to my expectations (I used to do a lot of SLR photography with pro level lenses).
So don't expect anything remotely resembling SLR quality results; remember you're buying a point and shoot. You won't be making any 11x17 prints to proudly hang on the wall. But the portability of this camera is fantastic; you can easily drop it in a pocket and have it ready when the moment strikes, and the results will look great in a scrapbook or family photo album. And when I started a family I stopped lugging around an SLR and camera bag... the diaper bag is plenty.
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Updated on Oct 27, 2011
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Pros Small size, materials, large screen, easy to use, and of course...good pictures
Cons Does this take the best pictures? No, Is that why someone buys this? No. It is an excellent camera though for its size.
Summary A convenient compact camera that won't let you down...unless you need a perfect shot every time....ironic?! One problem I keep finding myself in is when I need to turn on the continuous shot setting. Its very slow compared to a lot of other cameras.After all these people complaining about low light photos, I had to take some low light pics to see what the fuss was about...I'm not having these problems at all. My low light photos are turning out just fine.
Updated on Aug 25, 2010
Pros The design is very good
Cons Image qaulty worse then on my old 10 megapixel Pentax.
Summary Will return it back. Not recommend
Pros Very simple to use and beautiful images. Simple to use, pocket-sized point and shoot camera. Insert the battery and SD card, turn it on, and set it to auto with a slider switch. Small enough to fit in a small pocketbook. Takes good video.
Cons Usual slow auto-focus. Pre-focusing speeds up considerably. Only shoots jpeg, no raw. Hinges on doors for battery/flash card compartment and video cables flimsy. Cable door sticks at 1/3. Checked store model and it was same. Only 4X optical zoom.
Summary My wife is technology adverse. This camera exceeds her expectations for simplicity and quality. A few elegant controls are on the body so there is little to learn. Only controls she needed to learn were on/off, display/view, zoom, and shutter buttons. Truly point and shoot. I did have to set up date/time and initial configuration. This was easy to do through a fairly straightforward menu system.
Image quality exceeded my expectations. I am an amateur DSLR photographer who understands camera physics, digital file formats/limitations, and image processing technology. I am surprised at the quality of the images. Over the Holidays we have shot outdoors (sunny and cloudy), indoors at home, and at two large museums. I took pictures of the kids jumping and captured them in mid-air by pre-focusing and timing the shutter release.
Program AE has a good selection of program modes, ISO can be selected, white balance, etc. But with the Auto as good as it is -- why bother?
I used the movie mode at Christmas dinner and was very pleased with the quality and sound. I also used the movie mode outdoors at a changing of the guard ceremony and again was pleased. Good image stabilization, sound, and image quality. This shoots video as .mov files. If you want to convert to mpeg, you will need additional software.
Overall - this camera exceeds expectations for something so small and relatively inexpensive. It was on sale for $150 and I had a store coupon for 10% discount.
Pros size and image quality
Cons needs better low light capability
Summary much better than cellphone cameras