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: This camera has a smaller viewing screen than I favor plus the wire cord linking it to my computer had to be added at the time I placed the order. The cord is different than cords provided for use with my other cameras.
Summary: I would not normally purchase this level of camera. However, my other camera failed and I needed a "quick and dirty" cheap replacement and it had a viewfinder.(which I find essential for outdoor shooting). As other reviewers have noted; the focus is very soft and the flash takes forever to recharge.
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: This is a PROVISIONAL review since I just bought this camera. It may be great and I intend to get back with more comments on how the camera performs. This is about what to expect. I got a great price from Amazon and have absolutely no complaints in that regard. I bought this model because I needed a camera with more pixels than the one I already own, an eight megapixel Canon A590. This A590 camera has been outstanding.
Viewfinder not easy to use plus package included no software disc.
Disappointed Grandparent, Amazon
16 August 2013
Summary: The viewfinder, reason for buying the A1400, is too small to easily use. For occasional use it might be adequate but description doesn't quite add up to field use. Indoor application probably is a better use as opposed to use outdoors. Lack of software disc was totally a surprise and its' availability online not a good option.
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: Lost my Canon S200 so I bought an A1400. It was cheap and its quality reflected that. Would have bought a more expensive one but optical viewers are scarce - and LCD are a joke if you are off your couch!!!! But the big nag I have is that nowhere on the Alcatraz type packaging does it say that one needs a memory card. When I drove back 50km and complained to the salesmen he said such little beauties have not come with cameras since 2009 - and I am meant to know that?
Summary: This camera was VERY small. Didn't fell comfortable even in my small hands. It's plastic case made it feel cheap. Be aware there is no image stabilization. I over looked that in the online information. The support person said (she was very nice!) you have to just hold the shutter button half way til it is focused then depress it completely to take the photo. Had to be extremely careful or I got blurry photos. Just didn't work for me. I returned it for another camera.