Pros Easy to use, very good pictures
Cons Autofocus too dependant on vertical lines
Summary I just got this in a very sleek and stylish black. Amazing options, features and dual IS. It even records sound with the MPEG. I do miss a viewfinder for those direct sunlight shots because unless you really like to backlight your subject most times the sun is going to be right on the monitor screen (You would think by now they would have come up with a super reflective coating under the monitor lighting source so that ambient light would actually be helpful), and the battery is cute which means you need a spare one.
Like manual controls? Get a full EOS DSLR.
Pros Size. To some this would be great, just slip it in your pocket.
Cons Everything- This camera would only be good for those taking photos while using a tripod.
Summary I love taking pictures and this was the worse camera I have ever owned. I got it for Christmas and was lucky to get 1 or 2 quality photos out of 30. I read both the printed & online manual, asked others to take random photos and tried all settings. The pictures were out of focus. The quality I expected just wasn't evident with this camera. Very disappointing!
Pros Was Free is all I can say!
Cons xD Card technology, can't get rid of it, lacks features for good action photos
Summary This is why men shop at the last minute, because we can return things people do not like. Don't buy things months ahead of time! Now I'm stuck with a crappy gift that does not suit me and what photos I take at various auto racing events. For the price I see that this camera cost, Cannon has a better camera for the same amount. If you just want an old fashion type easy point and shoot camera like the old 110 film cameras, this is the one for you since there are not many adjustments. Well this one in it's box will be an expensive book end!