Summary: I bought this camera one year ago when it was brand new for $450. It has been nothing but a disappointment. I do not think it takes very good photos for the price. My much older Canon $150 point and shoot camera was much better.
Excerpt: After less than 9 months of use the camera ceased to function - "lens error". It is now as useful at taking photographs as a lego brickThis was my first excursion into Canon products after a recommendation from a friend who used the S100 all the way up Kilimanjaro with me as I lugged DSLR gear.
Died of a 'lens error' after five months, and Canon refused to honor the warrantee. Feeling Burned.
Amazon Customer, Amazon
19 October 2014
Summary: I bought this camera in February of 2014. Shortly thereafter I started having problems with the lens freezing and a "lens error" message. This came and went until July 2014 when the lens froze and never came back on again -- rght in the middle of a trip for a friend's wedding.
Summary: I received this camera (I owned and liked the S90) over a month ago. I took pictures and everything seemed just fine. I took it on a vacation just this past weekend and discovered that the FLASH simply does not work. At all. I cannot force it to flash or use modes that would flash.
Excerpt: Battery looses power very quickly even without using flash. Does not last a day. Operating mode dial moves too easily when operating zoom controls and often turns the dial to video position. unless checked regularly when reviewing pictures is when you find they all have video attached.
Summary: This camera has a design fault. The battery dies after about 10 minutes of recording video or 30 minutes of general use. There is a video of it on YouTube with lots of comments from people. I had mine replaced and the second one has the same problem, so returning for a refund.