Pros Picture quality, small
Cons Many. Read on:
Summary While I think this - and other Canon cameras as well - is a very good camera overall, it is well behind other cameras in many aspects:
1. LCD Resolution: While the 175,000 pixels is much better than previous Canon elph models which features just 118,000 pixels, it's still way behind other cameras which offer 230,000 pixels (Kodak, Pentax, Sony, and others). (And they still use the lower 115,000 pixel LCD on other cameras, S80, A700, etc.)
2. Video is captured in uncompressed AVI format - which will allow for a mere 8 minute high quality video on a 1 GB card - while other cameras use compressed formats (MPEG or QuickTime) which allow up to 1 hour of high quality video.
3. Optical zoom is disabled during video recording, only digital zoom is allowed. Other cameras (but not many) would let you zoom in & out OPTICAL during video recording. The digital zoom is really bad and isn't worth to try.
4. The camera is pretty fast, but some other cameras (especially the Casio Exilim EX-Z750 I recetnly tested) is much faster.
5. Battery life is only adequate. The Casio models are much better.
6. Controls are very tiny even for small hands, leave alone bigger hands. Again, the above-mentioned Casio has controls which is much superior to the Canon's. (Canon's controls was much better in the past with smaller screens, as the SD300).
Some other options I found in other cameras not available on the Canon: Small lamp to illuminate dark areas when recording video or for shots without flash (Casio, Kodak); magnify videos during playback (on Canon cameras, "Cannot Magnify!" comes on the LCD when trying); see a bar during video playback, similar to you media player on your computer so you see graphically the length of your clip, and where are you now(found on Casio and Fuji cameras); Battery meter (found on Casio models.)
To summarize, I think that Canon needs a lesson from other manufacturers, that besides good picture quality, they leave so much to be desired.
Pros Good Image Quality, Compact
Cons Flimsy Lid for Battery/SD Compartment
Summary Great little camera. Use my Nikon D70 when picture speed and quality a must. But I wanted something to carry around or put in the video camera bag. Made a good choice and Canon did well with making the choice easier. Very compact, good images, screen and options. Battery lasts quite a while and additional batteries not that expensive. Again not the perfections of a DSLR but when you want to have a camera with you at all times and will preserve the moments..This is a very good option.
"Well constructed compact point & shoot camera, allows you to carry a camera with you all the time"on by grandpa.alex
Pros Size, instant boot up, screen size
Cons Mimimum features, picture mode switch slides to movie when you holster, not the desired shoot mode
Summary I picked this camera to carry when I don't want to lug my Canon EOS 2D on travel yet still want the option of taking photos. Overall the quality is good, you just have to remember you're shooting without image stabilization otherwise you end up with a bunch of unusable photos. Basic modes are acceptable- auto, manual, macro, portrait, night, and a kids/pets shoot. The lack of a fast mode is somewhat lacking for action shots. The menus are intutive and offer help text automatically. The larger screen is a great improvement. Thumbs up Canon, no regrets on the purchase.
Pros Compact, easy to use, large display. When matched to a high speed SD card (ecost 133X) pic-to-pic and download times are extremely fast.
Cons None so far
Summary This camera was bought to replace our Canon A70 which was our 1st digital camera. It feels like we made the transition from dinosaur to speed racer! The SD600 is very fast, during start-up, pic-to-pic, and during focusing. With the DIGIC processor it's difficult to take a bad picture. The rechargable battery has worked great, lasting a long time even with extensive photo sessions. Definitely buy on-line for the price break.
We are so impressed that we bought one for our friend that is graduating from college!
Pros Size, Build and image quality, functionality
Cons Optical viewfinder is a tad small
Summary Being the Canon fanboy that I am with their multifunction photo printer(MP500), camcorder(Optura300), 35 m.m., and now my second powershot camera, I have been greatly impressed by this particular camera.
It's highly pocketable, very durable, as well as functional. The buttons are laid out in a logical manner and makes it easy to get to all the options and customization available. The screen is sharp, bright, and vivid enough to see it outside on a bright day. The all metal casing is durable and doesn't smudge. I also like the fact that all Canon cameras have a place on the side for users to attach a lanyard; it makes it much easier to carry the camera.
Now onto the image quality. What can I say, the pictures are terrific. All of my shots have turned out just bright enough and pefectly matched colors. Macro shots are great, but I use the optical viewfinder for better shots, it's very hard to frame what you're going to take correctly. Zoom shots look great and allow you to really capture detailed shots. The digital zoom is functional as the Digic II processing does a good job of smoothing out the picture for a usable and printable shot. I recently had a chance to capture some recent fireworks, and they also turned out amazing. The color swap feature is pretty cheesy, but I've actually had a lot of fun with it and have gotten some really good shots with that function.
You'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a video from a low-end camcorder and this digital camera. There's no lagging on action shots. A complaint is that only the digital zoom is functional when in movie mode. This works fine, but it'd be nicer to zoom in with the Canon optics to avoid the noise when you utilize the zoom. It looks okay up until 4x.
Playback on the screen is much more enjoyable than my previous SD110. The screen is vivid and there are now transitions. The screen also automatically rotates the picture depeneding on your orientation of the camera. So now when you take a portait shot, all you have to do is turn the camera and you can see the entire picture on the entire screen as it was meant to be seen. The tv-out function is also nice allowing you to watch those movies, which really look like a camcorder shot the video.
The speed of this camera is also very nice. You can take several pictures at once without worrying about the camera being able to process in time. I've also yet to miss a shot as the camera turns on immediately.
Prints turned out great on this camera with my multifunction printer. Incredibly crisp and even looks better than chemical developing at the stores.
I found that the camera was very affordable as there were a number of rebates available for it at a local store, but with all the discounts online, this is still a very affordable camera especially since it shouldn't be outdated for at least another 5 years.
Overall, it's a great camera, although the optical viewfinder could have been better placed to avoid smudging the screen as well as bigger. If you have the money, spring for the SD630.