Summary: Bought this for my school's local senior project intending to shoot a short film with this. The features are great and it takes video and camera excellently but there are probably better cameras you can get.
Excellent point and shoot, numerous possibilities with CHDK
Noah Bertilson, Amazon
6 January 2012
Summary: First, I'd like to make it clear I'm not an excellent photographer. I've owned two of these cameras in the last couple years, and I've used them more than anything else I've ever had hands on. Second, I've used them frequently with CHDK, but primarily with the normal firmware and thus featureset. I spent most of the last two years with a SD780 in my pocket, and I'd do the same again if it weren't for this camera's single biggest flaw. (more on that later. Heheh.) Ok.
Summary: I did not buy this camera through Amazon. I bought this at Walmart when it was on sale for $120 which was a steal. I use a 16G SD card which gives about 90 minutes of video recording in 720HD mode, and about 4 hours in standard. This camera takes gorgeous pictures and video. There are many lighting and color options. It takes video fairly well in low lighting. This camera is a beautifully constructed work of art, and feels good to hold in your hands.
Summary: I bought this camera after much research two Novembers ago. My main criteria were 1) it had to be VERY small; 2) it needed to take great still shots with high resolution; 3) I wanted HD video. 1 This camera, is, indeed, VERY small. So small that my little fingers have a hard time with the buttons sometimes. This has not been too much of an issue, as I am now used to it. The small size is a huge asset.
Summary: I am very pleased with photos I've taken of people at weddings, of waterfalls while hiking, of birds in flight, and so much more, using the Canon SD780 IS Digital Elph. Others who view my photos make comments like "Wow. Great shot! Great camera! Nice quality!" A very sturdy and reliable camera in my opinion, with many options for formatting pictures, including wide shots. I've dropped this camera many times and it still takes great pictures.
Summary: I had to buy a camera for photography class, and so looking at the reviews, I couldn't see anything majorly wrong with this camera. As I started doing a couple of assignments, I felt severely restricted. By what? By the Optical Zoom. It is only 3x, and I'm sure other, cheaper cameras can do better than that. Yes, I know it said that before I bought it, but I had never owned a camera before.
Summary: The camera was exactly what I wanted. No problems there. But dealer, before I even received camera wanted me to give them a good review. Waited and when I got my camera, the charger came with a plug for other countries, not USA. Also the manual disk was in another language. I notfied the dealer "Camera 4 U on Amazon Marketplace" and got a response that they would have a converter for the plug sent to me and for me to download the manual from Canon.
Summary: My husband has SDR camera so I was looking for a small but intelligent camera then I bought this camera. It was perfect for me. Small, light, durable, easy to use, good quality picture and video. I recomment it.