Slow, doesn't focus well, weird pixelation, doesn't white-balance, bad in low light, bad in bright sunlight.
I bought the S4i to upgrade from my old 3 mp Olympus when it first came out - and I have to say that although the Optio is cute and tiny, the Olympus takes better pictures. I'm about giving up on the s4i and saying it was money down ... Read full review
I bought the S4i to upgrade from my old 3 mp Olympus when it first came out - and I have to say that although the Optio is cute and tiny, the Olympus takes better pictures. I'm about giving up on the s4i and saying it was money down the drain.
The biggest problem is that when you look at your pictures at 100%, they're pixelated. It looks like it's creating a larger image by interpolating pixels, not by actually capturing the image. This is OK for foliage, etc, but when peoples' faces look terrible at full size, it's just not good.
Also,the Canon doesn't white-balance properly, no matter how you adjust the settings, so a picture taken in bright sunlight will have washed-out bits - just white - nothing there even to adjust in Photoshop.
It also doesn't function as well in low-light settings (for taking pictures of bands, performances etc - all you will get is an orange blur, in a situation where the Olympus would take a decent picture). It's very bad at quickly focusing - half the pictures will be blurry, whether it's low lighting or not - but much worse in low lighting.
It also takes much longer to "recover" between pictures, even when the battery is fully charged, so you can't take a couple of pictures in quick sequence... you have to tell your friends... "wait... wait... it's still blinking - nope, it didn't go... hang on.... keep smiling!"
My next vacation - I'm resurrecting the Olympus out of the desk drawer - the Optio can stay at home!