Excerpt: I've had this camera for a while. It's sturdy and the screen is large. It's easy to hook up to the computer to save your phoos. I have been a loyal canon camera customer since 2003. They make a good product and keep the camera functions consistant from model to model.
Excerpt: We have had this camera for about 3 years and have gotten lots of great use out of it and am so glad that we have it. I will continue to use it until it dies or until we have the money to buy a newer more advanced camera. As we all know technology changes so quickly and advances so quickly that what we paid $200 for 3 years ago is now old/obsolete. This camera is very easy to use. Just point and shoot.
Excerpt: I chose the Canon Power Shot A530 for my first digital camera, primarily because I trusted the Canon brand and the price was affordable for an amatuer first-time camera. So far, I have been pleased with its performance (for 5 years). It is easy to use, intuitive, and has all the basic needs for simple, day-to-day photography. There are a few cons, however, that I will definitely take into account if I ever purchase another point-and-shoot camera.
Not as good as I'd hoped it would be...But OK to start off with.
4 December 2011
Summary: When I first bought this, I really thought that being a Canon I couldn't go wrong...Wrong! It's a bit bigger than expected, hard to figure out, the flash is not your friend, the screen is tiny, and EVERY time you try to look at a picture you took all kinds of picture options (I'm assuming) hang on the screen, making the picture even smaller, and harder to see than it already was. I paid roughly $40 for it w/shipping.
Summary: I have had the camera about 4 months. It is now in for repair for the second time with the e18 error. This error stops the lens from going in and out correctly. When the camera works it works fine and is easy to use, but for me the camera has been in 1/3 of the time I owned it. I had a A520 before updating and it also broke. I have had cameras for years and never had a repair until these 2. I am very nervous about the powershot series now.
Summary: First, the pros: This camera packs a lot of nice features into a small box with easy to use buttons and a small price tag. As a rule I've found that blurriness/darkness/brightness/etc. tend to be the photographer's fault much more than the cameras, and if you use the camera a lot and get familiar with the controls you can generally find a way to take care of the problem.
Summary: Not sure what's going on here to be honest. I've had two of these and both have exhibited a very similar characteristic when using the flash indoors. Taking indoor pictures using the flash shows evidence of the same darkish static uneven banding on pictures which is more apparent on uniformly coloured backgrounds. The illumination using the flash unit is therefore somewhat uneven.