Pros Wide angle, IS, and low light capability
Cons Limited Manual controls-
Summary I already had an SD550 but when I tried a friend's new SD700, I immediately bought the SD800. I've been very pleased with it for photos at night, good party shots using the wide angle and some videos in a new concert hall and an aquarium. I have had to do little Photoshop enhancements to the photos I've taken and use the Manual mode with slow synchro flash and ISO 800 for most of the low light situations--Much better results than with my older SD550!
I use a Canon SLR EOS 10D for many of my photos but will be carrying the SD800 as a backup and readily available "pocket camera" as well in the future.
I have recommended this camera to several seniors in an Introdcution to Digital Photography workshop I've held in the past month and four have purchased it and are all happy with it.
Pros Very fast in all respects, great pictures, compact.
Cons A bit pricey.
Summary I normally shoot pictures with a Canon EOS 20D which is outstanding, but missed having something like this to just toss in my pocket. After some research, I waited for this camera and the wait was very worthwhile. The 28-105mm zoom range is excellent.
Pros Slim, sleek, a Canon.
Cons Horrible pictures
Summary I have a Canon SD400 and an SD500 that both take amazing pictures. I bought this to upgrade to a higher resolution, but the pictures are absolutely horrible. It looks like a soften edges Photoshop filter was used on almost every picture and the color just isn't quite right. In short, not just bad ... but REALLY bad pictures. I am returning the SD800 tomorrow and going to try another Canon ... I have always loved their cameras and wll give them one more shot. However, if you are considering the SD800 ... DON'T!
Pros This is what I was looking for!!!
Cons No manual settings
Summary I have had 4 digital cameras with most being Canons. The S2 is perfect for many applications with its excellent optical zoom. The SD800 provides greater portability with a larger lcd and wide angle capability. These two cameras provide the versatility one might encounter.
Since both have the Image Stabilization, a feature one should have with anything over a 3x optical zoom. The price points on these cameras is excellent with the SD800 purchased locally, not online, for $369 the first week it was available.
To get other reviews look at DPReview.com and see that most others that have technically reviewed this find its photo quality best in class.
For such a small camera it is very comfortable to hold with the new location and design of the buttons on the back. It is much stabler than its' predecessors.
Pros Amazing crystal clear photos, viewfinder, nice small set of manual controls
Cons Battery life not spectacular, battery and A/V doors are really flimsy
Summary I've been researching cameras for the past 6 months trying to find a replacement for my six year-old Fuji Fine Pix. I wanted something small and light that would take amazingly sharp and crisp pictures. Being a Graphic Designer, I use it quite a bit for product shots and ad photos, as well as family pics.
After reading every review I could find, and buying several of these to try them out, I narrowed my choices down to the Casio EX-Z700, Sony DSC-T series (T50, T10 and T30), Fuji Fine Pix F30, Panasonic (FX07 and FX50) and the Canon SD800is. And then one by one I started to eliminate them. I found that each one has it's pros and cons and that no camera in perfect. You could either have a camera that looks beautiful or a camera that performs beautifully.
Now here's why I chose the Canon SD 800is. The Casio has great battery life and a wonderful design, but the pictures were very grainy and noisy. The Sonys and just had too many negative and mediocre consumer reviews. The Panasonic's image quality(even with the Leica lens) just fell short and, again, had mediocre professional reviews.
So, that brings us to the Canon SD 800is and the Fuji F30. Folks, I've gotta say, it's a toss-up between these two. Here's my short pro and con list for the average joe:
1. Great battery life.
2. You don't have to remove the battery from the camera to charge it.
3. It's about $100 less than the Canon.
4. Great, sharp, crisp, well saturated pictures.
1. It's only 6 megapixels.
2. Wasn't available in-store.
3. Uses an XD memory card (and I already had an high speed SD memory card).
Canon SD 800is
1. Amazing picture quality.
2. Uses SD memory card.
3. Optical viewfinder (in case your batteries are running low).
4. Image stabilization.
5. 7 megapixel.
1. Battery life should be better
2. Battery and A/V access doors should be built better (especially since you have access both of these quite a bit).
So, I went with the Canon and I don't have any regrets as of yet. But, if any camera manufacturers are out there and listening, please figure out a way to charge a camera with the USB cable as well as the charger. And Canon - work on your battery life and get back in the high-design game - you know you can do better.
Well, that sums it up. I hope this helps and good luck!