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: It's just the step up I have been looking for. As a pure amateur, I have been using it for family pictures, pets, grandchildren activities ,etc and it gives great quality pictures form my home printer. I'm hoping to order some accessories soon.
Pros: Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Strong Construction
Summary: This camera was bought while on vacation in Florida. Have taken many photographs and am very impressed with the various functions and overall picture quality. It might not be the best looking camera, but there's plenty of function for the money!!