Excerpt: I read so many reviews on this camera before buying it and was very disappointed after buying it. The pictures aren't that great and it eats batteries like crazy - even the rechargables. The time between shots is way too long and the flash doesn't work for night time distance shots. STILL looking for a great digital! Its not very user friendly either. My last camera I just picked up and started using it right away - you actually need to read the manual for this one.
Cons: It often says "Change battery" even if the battery is fully charged or even new batteries are installed. I've been embarassed a lot of times using this cam. Imagine, you say smiiiile, then no photos were taken coz it ran out of bat (again?)
Summary: After putting in 2 new AA batteries I turn on the camera and it immediately turns off and I see a message on the screen that tells me I needs to change the batteries. I have had this camera for about a year and it has done this to me almost the entire time Ive had the camera. When I finally get the camera to turn on I am only able to take pictures outdoors in good natural light because I can never get the flash to work inside.
Summary: I originally got this camera for a trip to Italy and Greece. And it took AMAZING pictures while I was there. A lot of reviews complain about the quality of pictures or the graininess, but a lot of that can be solved just through browsing the manual and stepping out of the "auto" option. All was well for a about a year, until my automatic lens cover began malfunctioning.
Summary: I do not like this camera. I think this camera takes horrible pictures. My pictures are blurry and not clear. It is very slow. It eats up AA batteries. My kodak 3mp camera took a lot better pictures than this 5mp camera the only good thing about this camera is that it is easy to use and cheap.
Summary: I have been a photographer for 20 years, and most of my favorite cameras have been Canons. When my trusty G1 broke, I decided to get a wee camera to use when I don't want to lug around an SLR. I found a new 530 for $150 and gave it a spin. It's a feature-rich pocket-sized cam with 4x zoom: adequate. First off, the tiny, brightness-UNadjustable tiny LCD mkes framing in daylight impossible unless you're staring at it dead-on.
Summary: There is a recall on this camera regarding the battery door which could cause a fire and drains the batteries quickly. I had it fixed by canon for free. I thought this might impact the shutter and write time. It did not. This camera takes forever to take and write to SD card. You will miss important pictures. Do NOT Buy.
Summary: this camera was ok, at best. Not nearly as gooda their A630 which I'v e owned for a year and love. Before this camera came up with dreaded "lens error", rendering it inoperable, i found it to be fair at best, took average pictures, and had problems with many lighting conditions. I don't recommend it.