"A good solid camera with great picture quality & a wonderful zoom"4.5 starson by Vampi74
Pros: Photo quality, in both crispness & color, easy to use controls, simple but with extras if one is feeling ambitious
Cons: Flash recycling time can be annoying at times
Summary: I bought this camera to replace the Canon SD870 IS I did not care for & returned. I have taken many pictures with it so far, in a variety of settings. The quality is pretty darn good. And when I say that, I mean it appears to beat ANY other Point & Shoot currently on the market that I could find. It performs well with the one exception of the flash recycling being too slow at times. While this does annoy me a little, especially in such an otherwise great camera, it does seem as though for the quality it is something I'll have to deal with.
The zoom rocks. Although I loved my old 7 MP 4X zoom camera (Canon A620), I am suddenly feeling like i'm not sure how I got by with it. With a 7-8 MP camera you can always "zoom" after the fact by cropping, but the 10X optical zoom is just so nice. Especially when it comes along with great image quality like this camera has and you don't have to sacrifice that to get it. The difference was quite apparent when photographing animals a good distance away in Disney's Animal Kingdom. There is no way you can be right up near many of those animals, and this camera makes it seem as though I was. It felt almost like using my old SLR again, without the neck crippling weight.
I find the controls very easy to use. I haven't experienced any problems with them. I have Tourette Syndrome, so clumsy fingers & a tendency to have trouble holding particularly still tend to go with the territory. I mention this because if I am fine with it, I'd think most people should be as well. The camera is also pretty easy to hold onto without being overly large.
I do not consider the AA batteries it takes to be a con. I purchased a very good, fast rechargeable set that came with 6 AAs (& 2 AAAs) at Costco that included a car charger for just about $20, that should do the job nicely. I like having the ability to buy batteries just about anywhere in the world, as a backup, if need be.
Test photos also printed well on my fairly outdated printer. They look good on screen even in large sizes. The colors are beautiful on this camera even in standard auto mode. One thing that did surprise me is how well it handled some cat eyes at close range with the flash firing. Movie mode seemed fine to me with crisp enough picture & sound, but admittedly it isn't a priority for me either, since I have a camcorder. But it does seem I would be fine taking short videos with this camera.
It's a good camera. Probably one of the very best non-SLRs on the market right now, if not #1. Could it be even better? I'd like to think so. I haven't been blown away by most of the cameras out there & I'm hoping future gens are really all around something to rave about. The flash recycling really ought to be faster. I wish it was. As I believe the editors said, if it wasn't for flaws like that, this one really would be the no-brainer choice for a P&S. However, given all the others I've seen in action, I'm thinking it might still be so, even with that one unfortunate flaw. It also came in at a price considerably lower than certain unimpressive other top choices for compacts, which for superior photo quality & a beautiful zoom sits quite well with me.
I've posted a whole bunch of photos in different settings taken with this camera on the site linked below. Please feel free to peek.
I have now gotten a bunch of photos I took with this camera professionally printed, and they came out really beautiful. Both the foregrounds & backgrounds were sharp & vivid. I printed both indoor & outdoor pics, taken with & without the flash. It was a final test & it most definitely met, if not exceeded my expectations.
I also should probably mention that the flash recycling time is most definitely not the same every time. It seems to depend on amount of available light and, it seems, some other things, but it definitely doesn't take the same amount after every picture where the flash fires. It still annoys me plenty at times, but on plenty of photos it wouldn't be an issue at all & the photo quality is just too good to pass up.