Summary: My wife didn't like our previous small cameras and used this one belonging to a friend. She claimed she took better pictures "because of the camera" so I investigated and eventually bought it. There are two really great features: view finder in addition to the LCD screen and AA batteries. We spent 3 weeks in Greece where the sun is very bright. I used the view finder almost exclusively and couldn't imagine not having it.
Excerpt: I think this is one of the best compact cameras. Why do I say that? Because you can make great photos in automatic mode, and you can make excelent photos in bright day light. See my examples: Made with my Canon A1300 in automatic mode. It must be bright day light.
Summary: Clear pictures. Excellent macro to less than 0.5 inch. AA battery. Compared 100 pictures of the same subject taken with the A1300 to the same subject taken at the same time with my Nikon D5200 24 Meg Pixel camera. While the D5200 showed better resolution (24 mp Nikon vs 16 mp for the Canon) as expected, the A1300 is a great camera and cost only 1/14 the price of the Nikon, is lighter and very easy to use..
Summary: Too bad I gave this camera away, to a relative. I "upgraded" to a Canon A1400 & a Canon A810, which are each nice cameras, BUT--the pictures I get from those just aren't as "bright" & "crisp" and "vivid" as those I got from the good ol' Canon Powershot A1300. I miss it. Might buy another A1300, fits in a pocket, takes great photos. A1300, I miss you....
Summary: I am knocked out by the quality of such a small camera. Lots of settings, does video, shoots fireworks.. a great bargain. The total selling feature for me was that this camera still has an (old school) viewfinder! Batteries last and last.. I use rechargeables, but my old HP still ate them up quickly. I love Canon's technology and also have a canon camcorder. You can't go wrong with this one!
Summary: I bought this camera, not because I think it is the very best camera and not because it has the zoom ratio I may prefer but because it is the only compact camera I could find that offered the optical viewfinder. I have my DSLR and the best super zoom (my opinion) made but I am going on a trip and want to be able to "pack light" on the trail.
Summary: Great photos from France. Easy and small enough to take anywhere. Lot's of auto-features that make a variety of shots and shooting situations easy and memorable. Love this camera. Bought one for my wife and she said I should get one so I didn't use hers on our vacation. She was right. I have used a couple larger Canon SLR Digitals and have a Rebel XTi, which are great cameras. But, s little P+S w/ 16 Megs and an optical view finder-with zoom are perfect.