Excerpt: I bought this camera, and it is a total waste of money! The batteries die about every 5-10 pictures taken. It takes 2 AA batteries, and a smaller battery that the manufacturer claims ONLY holds the date/time, but this battery also died every time the AA's did, and the small batter was $6 every time I had to replace it. I sent it to Canon for repair and they claimed that after testing it "met manufacturer standards".
Cons: I fell victim to this widely known (except by Cannon) defect as well. A total loss. After about 3 months of use, I got the death message "Change the Batteries." I can't believe I didn't listen to anyone on this board. I'm an idiot.
Summary: My company gave me this camera for my 35th employment anniversary, for which to say I am grateful for the gesture. But, in short, it eats batteries. This, in my estimation, is an overwhelming issue. I have tried common AAs, which it goes thru within several pictures. I have tried re-chargeable, which you need to carry a half dozen or so to get you thru the afternoon.
"Low rating because of the long lag time between shots."
11 May 2009
Pros: This camera feels good in my hand, takes very nice quality pictures, nice features. It's easy to use, easy to change between features. There is enough zoom to suit most my purposes and enough pixels to further enlarge an image with software.
Cons: The lag time between shots is a HUGE (HUGE) problem if you are taking pictures of children or pets or anything else that moves. I seldom, if ever, get the shot I think I'm going to get. I end up with the back of a head or an ear or nothing at all.