Summary: I use a PowerShot A520 for shooting timelapse photography when coupled to a computer, and thought that this A470 would be a good for a stand-alone outdoor timelapse project, since it can run the custom firmware CHDK. While it does work this way (and supports my 16GB SDHC card), it is also much simpler than the A520 by default. The most noticeable difference is that this camera does not have a true Aperture setting.
Summary: I happen to own 4 digital cameras at this price point and with similar specs. They are Basic point and shoots from the makers: Sony, Nikon, HP, and the Canon. My canon has the highest mgpix, but only by 2 over the rest. I have not enlarged photos off the canon, but would expect a slightly sharper print. Pictures on my monitor from it are very nice quality. There is little shortage with menu for this price range camera.
Summary: This is only my second digital camera. The first was so confusing (very small icons and an over 60 attitude about learning new things didn't help). I ended up giving it to my son. I decided to try once more and I'm glad I chose the Canon PowerShot A470. The pictures are clear and the display is big enough to see well. After two months I'm still using the same batteries. I was able to transfer prints to my computer for printing with no trouble.
Summary: I bought this camera to replace my 5MP camera and overall this was a great purchase it takes pretty clear pictures and good movies.the only problem was bulk it weighs about 7 ounces which is pretty heavy for a camera.but overall this would make a great first camera.
Summary: Gave this camera to my son right before a trip. It takes good photos - not professional, but more than fine as a keepsake of a memorable trip. He was delighted to learn that there is a small video capability, too. The memory card that comes with the camera is teensy, so getting an inexpensive memory card is a must - and easy to do. For the price it's hard to beat.
Summary: This product is perfect for a starter. The big screen and easy to use options make it a nice gift for an elderly person, who has never used a digital camera. At 7.1 MP, this camera takes nice and good quality pictures. However, if you compare it to one of the higher end products, this does not compare very well. In summary, if you are using it just as a basic quick camera, this works. It is portable, stylish, and easy to use.
Blue Subie "Either he's dead or my watch has ..., Amazon
28 May 2009
Summary: i have a Canon A80 and have used it for the past 5 years with no problems, so when i saw this at a good price, i snagged one for my wife - this was still offered by Amazon, not another merchant. yes, the lack of a viewfinder makes for awkward shooting, if you hurry. otherwise, it has few modes to choose from, making it idiot-proof for a point&shooter. having videoshooting capabilities is nice. so, now we wait to see its longevity...
Summary: We bought this camera for my 10 year old son for his birthday. He wanted a "real" camera that he could use. This camera takes great pictures and video. It is easy to use and isn't too complicated like other cameras with several scene shots available. The only issue I have is my son tends to walk around taking video and when he does it drains the battery quickly. I know more my problem than the camera.