Summary: I bought this camera for my daughter to take with her on her summer holiday last year to the USA and found myself using it instead of my Panasonic DMC TZ-20 when she came home. It's very small, easy to carry everywhere and takes great pictures and video, so much so that I've given my Panasonic away. It takes excellent hand held shots in low light and flash photos were also much better than the Panasonic.
Summary: Bought for my wife to replace an Ixus 30 which has finally faded after several years of manic snapping. You now get much more camera for far less than the first one cost and an expensive leather Canon original carrying case still fits. Bargain!
Summary: I highly recommend this camera. It does everything claimed for it and even in the case I bought to protect it , it is conveniently small enough to make you want take it everwhere with you on the chance you may come across a good photo opportunity.
Summary: i own a Canon 500D DSLR and use it a great deal and very happy with the performance i get. There are however occasions when i do not wish to carry it and simply want to drop in a pocket a small camera. This 255HS is the one i decided to buy and have been very pleased with the initial results. Excellent landscape colours on a coastal path walk ( i found one decent day in all this miserable weather we have had recently).I have yet to try it on portraits.