Summary: The camera arrived promptly and in good visual condition. I purchased this camera as it fits an underwater housing I have. Unfortunately, it showed dead lines on many of the photos, a fairly common problem with older Canon cameras. I stopped using the camera and switched back to an old A75 for my underwater photography.
Excerpt: I bought this camera about 3 years back but within 2 years I started to have problems. The pictures starting coming out with red streaks and finally one day it just died. It would not start.. In the time that it worked - i felt the picture quality was just okay. there was a reddish tone to the pictures. pictures indoors were generally of poor quality.
Excerpt: I've owned the Powershot A85 for several years now and it's great! Takes great pictures everytime. There was a time when the image went black a couple of years ago. The camera was well out of warranty but Canon repaired it free!! They said the CCD Image Sensor had failed and that this was a common fault that had developed, and that they would repair it free. For this reason I'd buy a Canon again. My camera continues to work like new and I'm very happy with it..
The PowerShot A85 is affordable, durable and family-friendly.
23 September 2012
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot A85 camera is a heavy-duty, high-functioning and durable digital camera for young families who take a lot of photos. We received this camera as a gift in 2004 -- my uncle, a professional photographer, recommended it because of the rave reviews it had been getting and because it was relatively affordable in the digital camera realm.
A built-to-last camera that takes consistently great photos.
23 September 2012
Excerpt: I purchased the Canon Powershot A85 three years ago, just after the birth of my first son, and after extensive research on what was available. It replaced a Fuji that had begun to fail. The Powershot A85 was the perfect blend of high resolution, reasonable zoom, quality output, and good price (just under $200 at the time). I've never been disappointed with my choice.
Glad to find another A85 to replace in waterproof case.
3 January 2012
Summary: I bought my first A85 some years ago. Later I bought a waterproof case for it. Recently I dropped the camera and broken it, so I needed to buy another one to use with the case. The one I bought now was refurbished, working very good. I took good pictures. I am satisfied I found the camera many years later.
Summary: What can I say. These cannon cameras are for parts. I find these cameras to be a very efficient way to use as an ebay tool. Parts are simple to find as you can see. The device is simple to use (point & shoot). Easy to understand. Battery life is average, use a charger and your set for years of great pictures. The price of these cannons is the best part. Very inexpensive!
Summary: By the sheer number of A85s for sale one ought to notice owner's willingness to move on to a different model! Functional problems tend to annoy and frustrate after a decent 2-to-3-year run. Any used A85 needs a stamp of Canon's seal of refurb approval, that's how common was the nuisance of this digital camera. I have always bought Canon, over anything else, film or digital, but this was a rocky blip for such a fine manufacturer.
Summary: For a long time, I had a PowerShot A75. After 5 years it stopped working, and I stumbled across the A85. The camera fits in the same waterproof housing, takes the same flash card, and uses the same USB cord as the old A75. Kudos to Cannon for making cameras in generations, so accessories are somewhat interchangeable. The major difference between the two, picture quality is so much better!! If you have the choice, pick A85.