Summary: I really, really wanted to like this camera, but I can't. On the plus side, it takes nice, sharp pictures (although a bit noisy in dark areas), and is built like a tank. But that's where it ends because it is absolute torture waiting for this thing to focus! Honestly, my four-year-old Sony Cybershot focuses faster which I simply cannot understand. Also, the LCD viewfinder freezes for at least one second for every single shot while it composes the picture.
Summary: The reviews for this camera have generally been favorable with a few complaints here and there. I struggled with the decision to purchase this camera as a backup to my 20D I use for weddings, and for use as a nice point and shoot for home use. We are upgrading from an Elan7, a Rebel 2000, and a Sony DSC-S75 digital. My wife and I both are EXTREMELY dissappointed in how this camera functions.
Summary: Canon make great cameras and their optics are second to none, but when are they going to make a camera that can focus quickly? This is my third digital Canon and I won't but another. It can take up to a second and a half to focus on the subject and it starts at macro and moves out to the focus area, which can make it take longer. The purpose of a still camera is to capture a moment in time, not several seconds after the moment.