Summary: I am so sorry I selected this camera. There is a huge flaw: the lens does not open all the way. So many photos lost. It wasn't just in mine. Others i know who have the same camera had the same exact problem. I will probably never by Canon again.
Summary: I use a camera every day, all day, so I've had plenty of experience with the Canon A series cameras. I've been through four of the A series cameras in the past six months. These cameras are way to delicate for use. First of, the lense covers do not function properly after a few uses. If they get a little dust on them, they are ruined. Next, the battery life is horrible although, if you buy the Energizer lithium batteries they do last a little longer.
Summary: This camera has a lot of good features, but mine has the same shutter/lens cover problem that some other reviews have mentioned. Currently it's stuck on open. I thought it was just mine until I saw the reviews here. For that reason alone I wouldn't take a chance on this camera.
Summary: My wife and I were very happy with our Powershot A520 for the year and a half that we had it. However, the camera died with an E18 error during our friend's wedding, and it has not worked since. A quick web search for "Canon E18" or even "E18" will show you that this is a common error (with a number of different Canon models). We have never dropped it or abused it in any way, and it has spent most of its life in its protective case.
Summary: I purchased this camera as an upgrade to my A70. In the year after I purchased it I had to return it 3 times for warranty service because of the stuck lens cover reported all to often here. I was informed by the repair shop that by using the camera outdoors I was probably getting dust particles stuck in the lens cover. For $260 I'd expect more than just taking birthday photos.
Sticking lens cover (2x) and shoddy Customer Service
Kristen Wheeler "culinary student", Amazon
25 May 2007
Summary: We bought this camera in Oct '05, right before we moved to HI from VA - we wanted to be able e-mail all of our friends photos of all the cool tropical things we were going to encounter. Well, the camera worked great for about 6 months. Overall, I was happy with the pics. We had put off a digital camera because I really liked the depth and feel of print film. Now, for the bad things. Slow between shots and seems to be getting slower.
Summary: This camera was a good camera for the first year. I did not use it very much. The first time I tried to use it after the warrenty was up the camera broke. The lense became off track. The cost to fix it $90 plus shipping and handeling.