"Great as a Point-and-Shoot or in Manual mode"4.5 starson by bablunt
Pros: - Lots of useful and fun features
- Pictures are very clear and vivid
- Flash works very well
- Auto mode takes great pictures, Manual and semi-manual modes take great pics
Cons: - Shot-to-shot time is disappointing
- Battery performance with standard Alkaline is around 130 shots optimum.
- Sort-of hard to control with one hand - I might just need more practice with it.
Summary: This camera replaces my 6yo Kodak Dx7630. I selected this camera based on its big lens compared to its peers. Camera was on sale at the time and I was sold. Long Shot-to-shot time (up to 6 seconds with flash on) isn't noticeable normally, unless you're trying to take quick pictures, then it's a BIG deal. I have an old 2gb sd card, which might be slowing performance a little. I'll update if I notice a difference.
The on-the-fly color swap is slick, though I haven't figured out an actual use for it :-)
I've had the camera over a month and I'm still figuring out all the features. Tons of flash settings, multiple light sensors and red-eye reducers help create natural-looking photos with the flash on.
Budget for some rechargeable batteries (new NiMH batteries that don't discharge over time seem to be the cheapest/best performing option, often called "pre-charged NiMH". Canon recommends their own brand of rechargeables, though).
Taking photos in poorly-lit field houses for my sister's basketball games lets this camera shine. I can get this camera to produce a passable photo at 1/100 shutter at 400ISO (some distortion, but still overall crisp) at 5-8x zoom.
I'm very happy with the camera and will update as I use it more.