"Great big zoom point and shoot"4.0 starson by TomMariner
Pros: Pocketable size, big zoom range, simple operation, good auto mode, quick to first shot, good hd video -- all in all, a good advanced point and shoot.
Cons: Need wider wide angle, bad focus in low light / night shots
Summary: If you're looking for a competent point and shoot to have with you at all times, as I just did on a vacation to picturesque places, gotta look at the SD4500. The zoom range lets you get details of that painted ceiling or close-ups of details of the Coliseum from roped-off distance and frame subjects without moving up. Image detail seems good, just what you would expect from a 10 mp with some good image processing. Even determined novices with an attitude will be able to take decent shots with sixty seconds of on the spot training.
The Auto mode seems competent and easy and reacts well to most conditions. it correctly diagnosed a backlit situation and cranked in the flash unobtrusively.
but the vaunted "night mode" / low-light is lacking -- The problem seems to be focus. The camera gets the exposure right, but always messes up the focus to create a blurry mess. Possibly pilot error or the need for a afirmware update, but a little dissappointing. A video of a zoomed in lit scene that pans to a darker area in video starts crisp and focused, then tries to track a darker scene and is too dumb to just leave the focus alone.
Overall, very pleased with the camera -- I was considering the S95, but the zoom and small size fit the billl -- a great shot from a "we aren't stopping" walk isn't great if you can't take it because it requires five seconds to set up.