Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD890 IS / Digital IXUS 970 IS / IXY 820
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Lens gets stuck (broken) after 2 years of use
Desert River, Amazon
5 August 2011
Summary: I had the same problem that has been written by several other reviewers. After 2 years and 1 month, my lens got stuck in the out position and can't be retracted. Message appears as Lens Error on my display. I didn't investigate the cost to repair it, but I doubt it's worth it. Camera worked fine up until then, so I would advise others to consider this as a 1.5 - 2 year disposable camera.
Canon PowerShot SD890 IS - Plan on replacing it in 2 years
25 July 2011
Summary: I replaced my Nikon point & shoot with a Canon because I was told the quality was better and the motor that operates the focus and auto zoom were less likely to break, like the Nikon did. I loved my Canon PowerShot SC890 IS until it broke in exactly the same way (and I baby my cameras - never once dropped it or exposed it to weather or sand). I also spent about $100 more for the Canon vs. the Nikon hoping I wasn't buying a disposable camera. I was wrong.
Summary: You feel nothing when everything works as expected. But when things go wrong, you definitely will notice it. I remember what my professor has told me. This time, it applies on my Canon SD890 IS point and shoot camera. Reason of purchase: I have a SLR, but my wife doesn't like it -- bulky, heavy, and hard to use. Well, point-and-shoot seems to be obvious choice. SD890 IS is not the best looking one, but it's a save choice.
Summary: I guess I should have paid more attention to the bad Amazon reviews before purchasing, then Consumer Reports. As I have now seen, a Lens Error is a very common problem on these Canon Elph's. Ours did last about a year before the lens decided to stick open and fully extended. The screen just comes up with Lens Error..restart camera...but that does not work. You can't even view your pictures. What a cheap piece of junk. Won't be buying a Canon again.
Summary: This camera broke just after the year warrenty expired. I bought this specific camera because it had a viewfinder to help on sunny days. The viewfinder was not aligned properly so if you used it to take a picture you got half a face instead of the face you had centered in the view finder window. Also after our second vacation with the camera it stopped working in the car due to a lens error. The camera will not close and is now a brick.
Summary: It was finally time to replace our older Kodak Easy-share camera and thought the Canon SD890 was a good choice. I jumped on a sale that Amazon had and received it for $169 shipped. After receiving it and trying it out for a weekend the only thing that my wife liked about it was its relatively small size, especially when compared to our older Kodak & the optical view finder.
Camera lens gets stuck easily in dusty or sandy conditions
G. Renner, Amazon
24 June 2009
Summary: I love this camera...when it works! It is absolutely fantastic in pristine situations. The second week I had it we went to the beach. It took about 10 photos before the lens got stuck out-permanently! After my vacation (with no photos) Canon cheerfully replaced my camera with Costco's assistance (3 weeks) The new replacement camera is now 10 months old and unfortunately I took it into a dusty situation, not unusual in Texas summers.
Summary: Pros: Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, Durable, Quick startup time Cons: Poor image quality, Poor Low-Light Performance, Blurry indoor pictures, Bad auto modes Almost impossible to take a good indoors shot. This camera could use firmware updates like nobody's business. The lens is good for this type of camera, but the camera is simply trying to zig when it should zag in almost all modes when indoors.
Wow. Do take heed. ON/OFF button issue - not just for nitpickers.
S. Lee, Amazon
6 January 2009
Summary: I just received the camera, but after having inspected it once, it was enough for me to put it back in the original box for a return. I'd read a number of both professional and user reviews before I bought this camera, but it seems that my research was based solely on picture quality and performance while leaving out other important things like finish and design.