Conclusion: I've purchased this camera as an upgrade for my old (and still unbeaten) Canon Power Shot A560 (7.1 Mega Pixels). I've taken over 5000 pictures (family and work) with the good old A560. Now that I've tested few other new cameras it this same class, I appreciate A560 more than ever before. I've decided to upgrade it with Power Shot A1400 hopping to get more detail in my pictures.
Pros: Simple controls/menu, easy to use, optical viefinder, powered by aa batteries
Cons: Poor image quality, Poor Low-Light Performance, Flimsy Construction, very small camera body, very small optical viewfinder
Summary: I have an old Canon Power Shot SD450, rechargeable type battery with "5.0 MegaPixels". The battery is bad so instead of ordering a new battery I thought this camera with "16MP" and 2 AA batteries would be great. No recharging batteries and 16MP would blow my SD450 away. WRONG!! The pictures from my SD450 will blow this so called 16MP away. No comparison! So I sent the A1400 back and ordered 2 new NB-4L batteries for my SD450. It's old but it takes very clear pictures!!
Summary: Gave camera for wife to use. 'Point and shoot' I told her...well, the pictures that did come out okay are too grainy and cannot be enlarged without extreme distortion. All shots were taken indoors so that may be the problem, the lighting and all. Lot of shots were out of focus, people walking onto stage during an awards program. Not a camera for the kids or wives who just want a 'point and shoot' and not have to worry about anything else.
Conclusion: I just got it today and does take good, clear pictures, but it is necessary to have the users' manual to figure out some of the functions and it is not included. You have to download which is tedious and takes a lot of space on your computer. Also, you can't download the pictures to your computer, unless you go buy a separate cable. I've owned several cameras and right now I am going back to my old one and see if I can return this one.
Pros: clear pictures
Cons: no computer download cable, no users manual included, have to download manual from canon website
Summary: Canon is gradually eliminating all of the control features that have made their point and shoot cameras my first choice. Since I first started with my Canon A95, they have eliminated manual control of shutter, aperture, closeup mode, and others. In addition, they have sadly moved most of their remaining choices into the digital age. It takes several "clicks" to get into closeup. P (Program) gives you virtually no choices but ASA rating.
Summary: Having just put this thing through a week of testing on a trip out to California, I can report and confirm that this camera only takes acceptable photos in good light. However, I was able to get a nice night time shot in a well-lit marina by turning off the flash and setting the camera on something solid. There is definitely more noise in the photo, but the exposure came out far better than expected.
Summary: Wanted an upgrade since my A710's USB connection seems to have died. But the A1400, while lighter and sleeker has several *downgrades*. These include: a menu search for the macro setting compared to the single button on the A710; no option for setting your own shutter speed &/or aperture; and poor metering. I know it's a P&S, but the A710 does quite well in those areas. Yes, the A1400 has more than twice the MP (16 vs.
Summary: Il est écrit nulle-part dans les caractéristiques que cet apn fonctionne avec des piles AA...c'est dépassé... vous devrez acheter en plus un chargeur + des batteries AA. Il est assez épais ( place pour le logement des piles ) A un viseur, c'est rare de nos jours, du aux écrans toujours plus grands ...