"Excellent overall camera despite mixed (confused) reviews"4.0 starson by vicwinner
Pros: Better resoulution, build, and high iso than any others
Cons: Not as feature laden as Canons
Summary: I've done my research on compact cameras far and wide. From Canon sd950is to canon a650is. Despite all the chatter about this camera's "noise", the truth is- unless you plan on making posters, this camera will print superb pics worthy of cropped 8x10s. You need to know how to work it, which is pretty easy. It's iso 400-800 embarasses canon and any others. It has proven better resoulution than any other compact. And it has the best face detection system. On top of that, it's build is not only sturdy with nice feel to all controls, but it's interface and operation are easier and quicker to operate than canon's, especially with one hand. The LCD screen is also the best on the market with best resolution and none of the smudging you get on a canon. If you print pictures and are of the 1% that take the picture beyond a blown up version on a computer screen, this camera will show out. Truly a professional's pocket cam. It's color is by far the most accurate without the "warming" of other processors. It has hardly any purple fringing. It won't overblow highlights like all canon's in tricky sunlight/shadow situations. And it's almost half the price. You kidding me. One more note - this camera has the best black/white pics. Canons tend to lean towards a grayish blue tint. This one is straight black. Great for art. And for anyone thinking I'm anti-canon, over 90% of pics on computer are either from a95, a620, or sd900.
I always recommend a bigger lens vs. small, but this camera does justice for small pocket cams. Don't get ripped off or misled by those who don't ever print their pics but just scrutinize them beyond their intent. If you want to make a 3'x4' get a DSLR. Otherwise this is a serious steal.