"Very good images for a point & shoots camera."4.0 starson by Photographinganything
Pros: Good color, limited controls, very portable,
Cons: Limited flash power, view finder a little too small.
Summary: My 3rd point & shoot from Canon, from a 3MP Sureshot to the 5MP S500 and now an 8MP with IS. And the IS works! Not too shabby. There's not a whole lot to complain about for it's intended purpose. Just enough modes and controls to be creative. Very portable. I carry this camera every day all day at work. Almost all the Auto Mode images come out well enough to print or email without post-processing.
Low light (including some fluorescent lighting) situations will require switching to Manual mode to adjust the exposure compensation or white balance. Or just purchase a Metz 28 CS-2 Digital Slave flash.
Ok, the view finder isn't the best, it could be larger but it works when I need it. So I get a little larger screen for a little less viewfinder. With my 53 year old far-sighted eyes it's not a bad trade off. I found it also saves a little battery juice when I'm out in direct sunlight. I leave the screen off and just use the view finder to compose. I always leave a little extra space around my images for post-processing anyways.
Forget what the naysayers and nitpickers have to say about this camera. Hey! It's a simple digital point & shoot camera after all. It's not intended to give DSLR results. But with any camera or lens I recommend going to your local store and ask to handle and look closely at the item befor buying. It's a very good little camera that takes very good images.
"A good photograph is knowing where to stand." ~ Ansel Adams