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.
Summary: This is my first experience with a Canon product and I'm really impressed. That's hard to say for a Nikon guy who has used everything from an F2 to a D1x professionally for over 30 years. I've only had the camera for a couple of weeks, but the A 650 has done most things very well and its relatively easy to figure out. I bought it for the rotating display but its overall performance has been great.
Summary: The Canon A650 has some features that take a bit of getting used to. Particularly the ISO, the Image Stabilizer, 'noise' at high settings. There was also a glitch in the software, the photos didn't properly download from the camera. This aside, the A650 allows me to shoot in other than perfect conditions and get very good shots. The most interesting feature is a good zoom lens that allows crisp pictures at a good distance.
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 Since the A95 is obsolete, I had to find the next best thing and the A650 proved to be it.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.
Summary: The Canon A650IS is a small digicam that is easy to use and takes reasonably good pictures. I bought it as a "grab-and-go" camera for when I don't want to lug along my DSLR and lenses. If you are a DSLR owner, then you're probably spoiled by your main camera. As such, it is not fair to compare it to the A650 IS - it's an apples and oranges comparison. With this in mind, the Canon A650IS is a bargain for what it does: 12MP, 6X zoom, AA batteries, articulating LCD.
Summary: After doing a ton of research I decided on the Powershot A650. Amazon gets a 5+ for customer service, because my one day shipping took 4 days and they reimbursed me for it. Back to the camera, I have had it since March and I like it so far. It is much more camera than I need as I was told by friends but I plan on learning how to use all the extra features that it has.
A little disappointed - edit: not so much after using this a while
5 July 2008
Summary: I also own a Canon Powershot 2.1MP and love it. For a 2.1 the pictures are impressive, focus is crisp and overall images look to be from a much better (more resolution) camera. The Powershot A650IS 12.1 Mpix is somewhat of a disappointment. When zooming the image stabilization is just not able to take care of vibration. If I use a tripod it is better but overall compared to my older Canon I am disappointed.
Summary: After several weeks and 500 photos this seems a fine technically advanced replacement for a trusty A80 which finally died. With four batteries and a flip out higher-resolution screen I much prefer it to the somewhat similar A710 (now A720) that is in my family. While generally agreeing with all the positive things and extensive details in the reviews written before Thanksgiving, one can wish for what Canon chose not to do.