"Perfect. This needs to be re-reviewed."5.0 starson by ILoveAlliO
Pros: Large 3inch Screen, great user interface, no Viewfinder to take up space, easy mode switching on top of camera, zoom is in the perfect spot, amazing anti-shake.
Cons: To be honest, the only con would be that it doesnt have the 4x zoom that the Canon SD700 does.
Summary: Time to explain:
Large 3inch Screen
The large 3inch screen is incredible. It certainly gives the user the greatest way to view what your picture will look like before taking it. Aside from the fact that it is the largest screen possible on this sized camera, it also has fifteen brightness settings for the screen to be able to fit the user properly. The three inch screen has no delay to the movement of one's hand which is incredibly impressive.
Great user interface
This is the FIRST camera that I have ever had... that has such a great user interface. (I've owned three sony digital cameras, one konica minolta, one kodak, and one casio.. from 5megapixels to the max which is 8megapixels) Out of all of those, this is the only one that has seemed somewhat 'fun' to use and very interesting to watch. As one slightly presses over the five way dial on the right side of the back of the camera, that individual is also able to see a larger image of the dial on the screen, magnifying which option is being pressed. This reminded me very much of the Mac OS X platform's dock which has the option to have items magnify when you have your cursor above it. This was extremely impressive.
No Viewfinder to take up space
Nothing frustrates me more than to see many older individuals use the view finder on digital cameras. Having to see them press such an expensive and powerful camera to their face just to use the unnecessary view finder (which was probably placed there as an something that many would refer to as an 'after-thought' idea) It's 2006... and no offense to those individuals who like using the view finder, but... the three inch screen on this baby makes up for all of the problems that are caused by the lack of view finder.
Easy mode switching on top of camera
It's simple, three options. Camera, Video and Preview. All on the top of the camera, not taking space away from the screen. It's perfect.
Zoom controls are in the perfect spot
The reviewer of this camera said that the zoom controls were in an uncomfortable position. I feel that it's the opposite. The zoom controls are positioned where the THUMB is not needed to operate it, meaning, one wouldnt have to take away one the important support fingers that are needed to hold the camera still (the thumb) in order to use the zoom for the camera. This makes it AWESOME to use the camera with one hand (while the strap is on, of course).
Enough space the back of the camera to position thumb. (something that wouldnt fit in the Pro's and Con's list.)
I have HUGE hands. I am 6'2 and can palm a basketball properly. I LOVE the way this camera fits in my hands. Even if it is small, Canon makes sure to put grips for the thumb so that it will not slip. Nothing to worry about with this. It's perfect for big hands. Sure it's small... but it's perfect.
The reason why I got rid of my casio Ex-Z57 was because of the terrible anti-shake that it had. Any SLIGHT movement would result in a blurred picture. With this camera, I can take a picture of my girlfriend while she is driving in our car. After taking that picture, I am still able to view the things on the outside of our car, that are not moving with us, in great detail. Also, I made sure to test it out by letting my hands move or shake while taking a picture. Everything turns out great, the picture comes out clear, however, after moving, it might not be of what I had initially wanted to take a picture of! Haha. Either way, the anti-shake on this camera is incredible and makes up for the accurate and precise movements that the camera lens picks up.
Again, I feel that this camera is perfect. IT should be the SD700. Who needs a view finder that costs you a hundred bucks more? (with the added 1x zoom of course). Go with this one. It's perfect.