Good Dog. Only lasted a year, but was good till then
John Teal, Amazon
3 January 2009
Summary: Lasted for about a year. Just stopped working over Christmas. Stopped showing an image in the display and wouldn't record a picture. Displayed pictures already taken but not for a new picture--just black. A repairman said would cost over $110 just to open the camera to confirm the problem, let alone the cost of repair. Took great pictures. Expensive camera for only a years worth of use.
Summary: Bought this last March 2007 and it's now December 2007. Great camera compared to my old Nikon mostly because of the IS feature. It's easy to handle and a no-brainer camera. Unfortunately one of the battery connectors inside broke recently and it's in Canon Service Center right now. Good customer service though since I wanted the battery connector replaced but it would take 2-3 weeks to order the part. They soldered the broken part temporarily and I can use it for now.
Summary: I really, really wanted to like this camera. In many ways, it's wonderful - a great, long zoom lens, manual controls, and a nice form factor. My main issue is with the LCD display - it's very difficult to see when you're outdoors. Indoors, it's plenty bright. (There is an optical viewfinder for use as a back-up outside, but it's nothing to write home about).
Summary: I ordered this camera the first of December but didn't have a chance to really work with it until around the 15th. As a amatuer photographer I wanted the A710 as a companion to my DSLR and to carry in my purse for all occasions. I was very interested in the 7 megapixels, 6x optical zoom, and top priority for me was the image stabilization feature. I gave this camera 3 stars because the outside shots were very good, it's the inside shots that are problematic.
Summary: After seeing 2 reviews about the Canon 710 gobbling batteries, I had to set the record straight. With a pair of inexpensive X1 rechargeable batteries, my 710 took about 400 shots without recharging, which amazed me. (Regular batteries die quickly with a digital camera.) Amazon's price was considerably lower than Costco's, which was impressive. As someone who's still learning how to use this camera, I encountered a persistent problem that I haven't solved.