Excerpt: I previously owned an older model of the Casio Exilim and used it so much (and dropped it a few times) that when I needed to replace it, I bought the newer model of the same camera, because I liked it so much. The newer model is a little thicker than the previous but worth it because it is way better quality. I highly recommend it.
Excerpt: I want to be able to take clear shots without a lot of fuss. This camera does just that. I don't have the patience to fuss with settings and light and aperture opening. I want all that done for me and this model is perfect for a point and shoot person like me. I appreciate that there is a setting for taking pictures at night, for movies and also for panoramic shots.
Excerpt: I love this camera!! The ONLY thing I do not like about it is that you have to have it in post card mode to have the date stamp on your photos!! Other then that it takes great quality pictures and video!! It takes 4 AA batteries and I use the energizer rechargeables and they last FOREVER in it!! And I use my camera almost daily with my new baby!! I really don't have anything bad to say about it other then the date stamp part!! Great product!!
Excerpt: I had outgrown my Canon Powershot A520. It was a a great little point-and-shoot camera, but my needs had outgrown the camera. And my particular camera had been used so much over its lifespan that the quality of the camera had decreased; The Canon Powershot A640 is an excellent camera. Canons "run in my family." I was looking around at this and that, and I came across the 10-megapixel A640 and that was it. It was "the one." The durability of the camera is amazing.
Summary: Super clear pics. Can enlarge without a slight loss in quality. Lot to learn about it. Does not eat batterys. not to big. will take some time to figure out all the options but allows the novice to shoot right away.
Summary: Coming from the Canon A80 from a few years ago... The A80 was a similar shape, size, and feature set but with only 4.0 megapixals, 3x lens, and a much smaller swivel viewing screen. Good Canon software has gotten better. What's better with the A640: It has similar features and body but a bigger screen and it is lighter. The screen is much bigger. The screen brightens nicely in dim and dark conditions. The flash works better and the flash assist lamp works MUCH better.
Summary: This is my first ever digital camera, but I did my research and I think I knew pretty much what I was getting into. The only reason I didn't give this camera 5 stars is it's less-than-stellar performance in low-light situations, and when the ISO was set 800. I knew about these problems before hand though so I can't complain too much. I love the pivoting lcd screen, it lets me shoot from all different angles, and also do self-portraits.
Summary: I have been a Canon camera fan for years, my first SLR was a Canon, and so I was excited about 10 MP in a consumer-grade camera from Canon. After one week of average usage, here are the highs and lows. BTW, my frame of reference is my Canon G5. Highs- *- Incredible battery life. The camera comes with four alkaline (no name) batteries. I have taken more than 220 pictures and 30 minutes of video using the original batteries. *- 10 MP captures everything!