Summary: I bought this camera with the intention of carrying it with me all the time. I never expected it to be the same quality as my DSLR, but wanted something portable, that if it got ruined, wouldn't make me cry. Best thing about this camera - a viewfinder. I've only printed out 4x6 photos so far, but the pic quality is just fine. Similar menus as my other Canon Cameras, so easy to get the hang of , even without a manual.
Conclusion: This camera takes great photos, but it only takes about 50 photos before the low battery light comes on. After about 100 photos it no longer works due to low battery. However when I test the batteries, they are still good. Only Alkaline batteries work; others last for about 5 photos. I read one other review that reported this problem, but haven't seen a solution. I guess I need to send it in to see what's wrong.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot A1400 camera is a nice starter digital camera. The flash is slow to recharge between photos but the camera size and photo quality is good. I bought this camera for my 71yr old mother-in-law and she was quick to master the zoom and focus for photos but needed a little extra instruction for the menu options and features.
Pros: Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons: Buttons small, FLASH SLOW TO RECHARGE, Lag / Shutter Delay
Conclusion: MAIN PROBLEM: The camera was not sold with a USB cable. I purposefully went to a camera store so I would get everything I needed -- but no luck. So if you're buying this camera, don't say "I want to buy everything I'll need to use the camera," since that request is not adequate. On the second trip, the sales associate did say that most cameras included the USB cable but I already knew that was the case with most products and that's why I didn't specify "USB cable.
Pros: Lightweight/Portable, easy to use
Cons: no usb cable, poor web site, poor instruction manual