Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot A1100 IS
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"Inferior to earlier models even with image stabilizer"
20 April 2013
Pros: good resolution, easy to use
Cons: Short battery life (dies after a few shots), poor software (no sofisticated remote control), too "automatic" for my taste (can't manually change all the parameters (aurora night shots for example are impossible)
Excerpt: I bought this camera with previous experience of Canon products so either I might have been looking for quality with good previous experience or I just had too high of expectations for the camera because of the name of the brand. I do like that the camera is small and compact which easily travels in suitcases becuase it can slip into any extra space that is left in the suitcase.
Summary: I LOVED my Canon A640. My photos were so incredible that people always asked me what kind of camera I had. I had to purchase a new camera because my toddler broke the A640. I thought I was upgrading to the A11ooIS and it's a huge regret! First, the speed is so slow, I miss all the great shots I used to get no problem. Second, the two batteries drain in no time, even with lithium. The A640 was so quick, I wonder if it was because the A640 used 4AA batteries.
Summary: I had 3mp and 8mp cameras that I feel took better pictures. Most of my problems were with indoor pictures coming out fuzzy and/or pixelated. There is an easy setting and even with using this function I still had poor picture quality. I know this has a 12.1 MP, but to me it is of no use if the pictures come out the way they did. I did read the manual and even with following the suggestions for taking picutres I still had this problem.
Cons: My biggest complaint is that the camera received a Lens Error after 6 months. Sent the camera back during the 12 mo warranty period, and Canon fixed it. 6 mos later the Lens error happened again (warranty period is over).
Excerpt: Disappointing Camera: First off, this camera is a major battery hog. 2 AAs just dont cut it. It sucks power like a sponge. 2500 mAh batteries are expensive and not that easy to come by for the average person. Secondly, it performs very poorly in overcast situations: Purple fringing is very bad. Auto Focussing is slow. The lack of a sports mode is a detriment if you're trying to film anything moving, where it be a torch relay or people walking by.
Summary: I bought the 6.1MP version of this camera, and was thrilled. The sensor on newer model, while having more megapixels, actually takes much worse pictures. I haven't found a setting yet, even at very low ISO's, that are not marred by grainy noise. This appears to be a classic example of a manufacturer cramming in more megapixels, but having worse picture quality. I like a camera that uses AA batteries, but I'd avoid this one.
Low end camera and it shows in the picture quality
Patrick Ferrara, Amazon
17 November 2009
Summary: Our Canon 780IS met an unfortunate demise (dropped) and had to be replaced. I didn't want to spend a lot because I was also thinking about getting an SLR, so I decided to go with a low end Canon point and shoot to cover the gap before I jumped into SLR territory. I got the A1100IS because it was at the "top" of the line of Canon's low end cameras and I have had very good experience with Canon products.
Summary: this is the 2nd such camera i have purchased and i had the same trouble with both of them. after only a weeks use (i use it every single day for work), the lens refused to adjust. it kept saying "lens error restart camera" but it would not restart.
Summary: Camera screen is blurred/fuzzy and the time between shots is very long, even for a digital camera. Zoom function is just ok. I also didn't realize it uses regualr AA batteries, runs down fast. Would not buy again.