Excerpt: We bought the Canon A650 IS Digital Camera last August and we have been using it ever since. We are totally satisfied with it. It is really one of the best value digital cameras out in the market today. We bought it because we were looking for a camera that can take the pictures with the highest megapixels and the A650 certainly fits the bill with its 12.1 megapixel capability.
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.
Pros: Very sharp point & shoot type pictures with flash and/or good front-lighting. Nice selection of manual settings. Tilting LCD screen is very handy for some shots.
Cons: Took same backlit photo with 12mp A650IS and 10mp Nikon D80, both with fill-flash. Result: A650 photos unuasable due to flair, D80 shots great with flair completely controlled. Autofocus hunts badly in low-contrast lighting. Heavy. So-so LCD screen.
Summary: I just upgraded from the Canon Powershot A630 to this model, the A650. They're very similar; I loved my A630, and I now love my A650. The best features, in my opinion, are the rotating LCD screen (some the best angles are difficult to get without it) and the flexibility between manual and point-and-shoot functions.
Summary: I loved the flip-out screen on my previous Canon, and had to have it again. This is about your only choice these days, without going to a DSLR. Bonus to get 6x optical zoom and image stabilization. Other than that, not a lot of changes since my 610 model. Hi-ISO is helpful, but pictures can be grainy even without zooming in. The flip-out screen changes your body-language when shooting, and allows you to literally shoot-from-the-hip.
Pros: Easy shot set up Great shots using super fine/large mode. Night scene imaging gets clear night shots when camera is held steady.
Cons: Sometimes has noisy pictures at night scenes. Rather bulky and heavy for a powershot. Gets stolen rather easily!! Beware because this camera is no longer made. I had it stolen so I had to order another one at an auction.
Summary: I love the camera. The picture quality has been great for both Day and Evening pictures. I've zoomed in on Animals and still been able to blow up the picture to 11x17 and have it be clear. I still need to test the lower quality shots but i perfer to take pictures uncompressed so they are large but i can always resave them to a lower quality
Summary: I bought this camera to replace my Canon A95. Since the A95 is obsolete, I had to find the next best thing and the A650 proved to be it. It has better zoom and I couldn't do without the flip out LCD viewfinder. It is a little bulky and heavy like everyone says but I don't mind it so much. The picture quality is awesome and the image stabilization really makes a difference in low light conditions when I don't want to use the flash.