Great camera for the money. Not the best for moving targets
Victoria Nelson, Amazon
16 November 2013
Summary: Great camera for the money. It has decent battery life. My only beef is, it takes a while to snap the picture sometimes which if you have little kids of any kind of moving target might not be ideal.
Excerpt: I have owned this camera for a couple of years now and have been very pleased with it, despite its not having much of anything in the way of manual controls. It's the first compact digital I've owned, and I appreciate its small size and weight. Like its review shows, the A1100IS produces excellent color images. To get as close to manual settings as I can, I shoot with it in the P (Program) mode, which allows me to bracket exposures two stops either way.
Summary: I bought this camera after buying and returning a Canon Powershot A495. The price difference is small but the quality difference is huge. The A1100 has an excellent quality lens for this type of camera. Equally important, it has image stabilization, which helps make the images sharp if your hands shake a little while taking the shot or when shooting in low light. I also chose this model because it has an optical view finder.
Summary: Very nice camera especially since it has a view finder. Easily fits into your purse or pocket as well. I wish the upgraded cameras had a viewfinder as well; especially helpful when you are outside in the sun.
LookinG for Trouble "Live well, laugh loudly,..., Amazon
5 July 2010
Summary: This camera was purchased for the basic purpose of snapshots that did not need to be very detailed and will not likely be printed larger than 4 by 6 inches. We were looking for a camera that would be sturdy, reliable, and easy to use. We bought this camera for our oldest who builds boats.
Excerpt: I bought the a1100 to replace an a570, which died (failed to power up) after two years rough outdoors use and almost 5000 pictures. The a570 was a fabulous camera with an Optical View Finder (OVF) and the a1100 (after about 500 pictures) appears to be be not far behind, in a noticeably smaller, more pocketable package. It appears to be the last of a dying breed of P/S cameras with OVF.
Summary: I really like this camera but have a problem with the battery and card being in the same compartment. Having to hold the button down while opening it makes it hard to open and I am afraid I will break it when I open it. I had to have my daughter get it open for me and she felt it was poorly made as well. That I feel is the only defect in the camera-. That part should have been made better. I love the green color and the size makes it easy to manage.
Summary: I purchased the 1100IS for 2 main reasons, the optical view finder and the fact that it uses AA batteries. Most of the new 2010 model point and shoot cameras do not offer these features. I find it difficult to take pictures using a display because one has to hold the camera away in order to see the subject of the shot. For me, this generates shake.