Excerpt: It's ok camera. I had to replace my Nikon. This canon has sound with videos-Great. But I prefer my old Nikon. If you're clumsy, this camera doesn't take a drop as good as a Nikon. Trying to find a better inexpensive camera that takes better indoor photos. The colors are off for indoor lighting without the flash. For indoors, I can't seem to find the right combination. Maybe it's the lighting of the room.
Compact Camera, fairly easy to use but has limitations.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: When searching for a new compact camera to replace my dismal Kodak Digital Easy Share I went to a camera store and asked "What 'idiot proof' compact digital camera would you recommend?" The Canon in fact was easy to use but there are some issues. Sometimes pictures come out out of focus. The battery life is poor. I cannot reset my camera to clear out all the confusing icons, it says "it's busy". Other than that, it's fine.
Excerpt: When I decided to replace my outdated digital camera, I researched like crazy. Trying to get good quality without spending both arms and legs. I finally went with the Canon PowerShot A550. At first I loved it. Good quality pictures, easy enought to use. But I think what I liked about it was that it was so much better than my old 1.3 megapixel unit. After using for a while, I disliked it more and more. The quality of the pictures is OK, not great.
Excerpt: My husband and I both like to take pictures. But we both like to focus on different things we both like taking family photos of course but as a freelance writer I often like to take pictures for my articles and I don't want my family included in those photos because the photos will be going on line. Instead of fighting over the camera we just decided to get a second one that was very inexpensive. So we purchased a Canon Power Shot A550 for about $120.
Fine for a lower end Canon point and shoot - poor image quality
21 June 2011
Summary: Pros: - 2 AA powers this - Inexpensive - Runs CHDK well Cons - Image quality not up to what I am looking for - Manual control not sufficient (CHDK can improve this a little) This is a fine lower end Canon point and shoot camera. It works well for what it is but if you want any amount of manual control, this is not the camera for you. I bought this to play with CHDK.
Pros: Gave good results with fast enough recycle times. I almost always used the "auto" mode didn't have time to select modes and features. Was very pleased with the quality of the photos (for my purposes - not interested in large blowup)
Cons: 1 - Wide angle feature didn't work as expected. 2 - Lens Failure (Grinding noise and failed to extend or retract properly) after 2 1/3 years of use. (Apparently a problem with some other Canon A... cameras as well) 3 - symbols wore off mode wheel.
Excerpt: I don't have any special photography skills. I just wanted a camera that was easy to use and took decent pictures. This camera has served that function. It takes clean pictures and offers multiple settings that allow you to change your picture look. The zoom on it works great. It doesn't do so well with children because they are so fast, but what's to be expected! It's very easy to operate. One downfall of this camera is that it is a bit heavy.