Summary: This is a great camera. It's almost like it is brand new. I've had a couple of these cameras and they did not compare with the one I just bought. I bought my first Canon A650 several years ago. It took good pictures, but the coating on the LCD had mostly come off. I bought another one which was supposed to be like-new, but it had the coating coming off, too. I returned it. Then, shortly before a I bought the new Canon A650, I thought I had lost the first camera.
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 bought this camera when it first came our, discounted for about $300. After happily using it for thousands of pictures -- someone in a Chinese restaurant in Branson, MO decided they needed it more than me. Since Canon quit making this camera almost 3 years ago, I went on the internet for a replacement. There were a few brand new ones starting about $800. I found a really good used one for $325.
Canon PowerShot A650 IS 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera
4 April 2011
Summary: Much better than newer models, primarily because it has a viewfinder and is very easy on batteries.None of the new model Powershots have a viewfinder. I had one of the A650 model before and loved it until I dropped it one a concrete floor!
Summary: My husband purchased this camera for me some years ago. It is a fabulous camera for close-ups, for portraits, for landscapes, for long distance photos. I also use it occasionally for video, and once again it is very adequate. It has excellent light gathering ability for great photos with no need for a flash in dark or low light situations. I especially like the fold-out viewing screen, something you just don't see anymore on digital cameras.
Summary: This camera is awesome! There are very, very few things I can say bad about this camera, so I'll concentrate on the good: First, I love the battery compartment and operating voltage. While some camera use 2 or 3 batteries, this camera uses 4 AA batteries. Also, the voltage it runs on is 4.3. I am a firm believer in NiMH batteries compared to alkaline or lithium IF AND ONLY IF your device can operate well using them. I use NiMH batteries almost exclusively now.
Best Point-and-Shoot I Ever Owned---READ THE USER MANUAL
R. Beers "Ronbo", Amazon
10 September 2010
Summary: I first bought a Canon A720 IS, then upgraded to an A650 IS. Although nearly identical in capabilities, the A650 has several additional options for using the Program Function, and also allows you to use aperture or shutter priority. I used the A650 for a year before I read the user manual. And when I did, I thought "Holy Cow," this camera does a lot more than simple point-and-shoot pictures.
Summary: I purchased the A650is two months ago but wanted to get a complete kit together before taking pictures. I ordered the Lensmate lens adapter tube, added a Raynox 6600 Pro wide angle lens, a Marumi CPL filter and Marumi lens hood. I snapped a few dozen pics and WOW what a great deal this was to experience. My former cameras, Canon A540(6MP) and S5is(8MP), worked well though I wanted to see what all the fuss was for a 12MP camera.
Summary: This is a great camera for the experienced point and shoot user. 10 mp, excellent color rendering, awesome macro function and good battery life and lots of shooting modes from full manual to full auto and lots in between. Not a pocket camera. If your looking for a pocket or purse camera this is not it. It is bulky and heavy because of the 4 AA batteries but this is a tradoff for the longer battery life and off the shelf batteries that can be bought anywhere.