Excerpt: This camera is awesome! It has many great features. First, I love the battery compartment. It's nice to know there is an sd slot right were the batteries are inserted. When it comes to batteries, NiMH batteries are the best way to go when compared to alkaline or lithium. I use NiMH batteries almost all the time now. I have left my batteries in this thing for over a month at room temperature with no problems.
Excerpt: About three years ago, I purchased my first Canon camera, the Canon - PowerShot A650IS Digital Camera for I think about $300 on Amazon. What drew me to it was the screen, which can be flipped and rotated, so that it can face outward or you can see yourself when taking a picture. I was also drawn to the fact that it has twelve point one megapixels.
Excerpt: This camera is very easy to use, it takes great pictures, and is priced reasonably. Has tons of different settings from snow to fireworks. It has a setting using very fast shutter speeds, to capture those hard to get moments when your children are running around like maniacs doing the cutest things. It is a great camera for someone that doesn't know alot but even better for a more serious photographer. There are additional lenses and waterproof cases available.
Summary: I bought it from Amazon.com LLC seller After four years and 5000 photos.. I must say it is an excellent camera.. A little bit heavier (As I expected of a Camera with 4 AA Batteries). The 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD display is perfect to take pictures with you on it. The Model I bought was the one that has the Light Leak issue, so, i sent it to Canon and they repair it for free. The MANUAL mode, lets you experiment with aperture and shutter speed.
Summary: I purchased the A650 camera through Amazon. It has the versatility to do what I wanted, and more. First, it is easy to use. If you don't want to read the instruction book then set to automatic and start taking pictures. The zoom works very well. A plus is the swivel LCD screen. I have two daughters that act up when they see the camera. This lets me aim and zoom at them without them realizing that I am taking their photos.
Summary: Have used this Canon A650is since purchase in 2008. Good camera, quite a few options for custom setup. Excellent pictures in many conditions, especially like the multi position monitor, AND the optical viewfinder. Only problem is last June, 2011. the USB download interface quit working. This is a "factory refurbished camera with a 5 year warranty". Problem arose when it was sent for warranty repair. Safcoservice, is the warranty company. Sent in Nov.
Pros: Lots of manual options, using fine or super fine resolution, was able to enlarge up to 16 X 20 with near gallery quality prints. Amazing quality for a p & s. Love using AAs ... nice heft if you like a bigger camera (and i do). Was a real workhorse!
Cons: Regular alkaline batteries are useless. I had to use either rechargeables or lithium to take more than a few pictures. Lousy focus in lower light levels.