Summary: I want to thank the sellers for being so prompt in settling our return. We purchased this camera because our Cannon Power Shot S40 (which was the same type camera we purchased from the buyer) was dropped by accident. Our previous camera took excellent pictures, with little elasped time, and required no adjusting when on auto. The Cannon Power Shot that we purchased, and that I am reviewing, took very unfocused and fuzzy pictures.
Summary: I actually own the SD30 which is the 3.2MP which is our very first DC. I got it for the birth of my daughter and has captured all her milestones but sadly after 3 1/2 years the sliding cover for the lens gave out and the lens is stuck and so the camera would not operate anymore. The cost of having it repaired in a Canon service center in IL is as much as buying a new one so I am just looking to buying a newer model (still a Canon of course) Canon has proven a name in the...
Summary: I really like the camera. It has all the features I want in a camera and using them is reasonably easy -- better if you read the manual (which is very thorough.) The battery life is very good. If you are taking RAW mode pictures (equivalent to windows .BMP format), make sure you purchase a large memory card (compact flash card). I bought a 512 MB which can hold 176 raw mode pictures. Two tiny negatives where the fragility of the LCD and the resistive customer service.
Summary: This is a great camera for anyone looking for advanced features at a compact size. Unlike Canon's "lower-end" models, the S40/45/50 series pack in all the adjustable/tweakable features seen in most "SLR" cameras at a lower cost. This camera is not as compact as some of Canon's and some of the other manufacturer's units. But the additional features offered by these cameras outweight the size/weight penalty.
Summary: ...this is a good camera to start with. Especially if you use a Mac because it works great with iPhoto. If youre a beginner like me, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of features the S40 offers, but dont worry. Just put it on automatic and you will be able to take great pictures. It just takes a little practice to get used to the delayed response shutter button. Some of the things I like about it: 1. It takes very nice pictures.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot S40 was a terrific small digital camera when it was introduced, but the digital camera market advances quickly and this model has been surpassed by Canon's own S45 (an updated S40) and the new S50 (5 megapixel in the same body only in high-tech black). Serious photographers seekng a digital would turn to Canon's EOS Digital Rebel. The S30 and S40 are good cameras if you want lots of features in a small package without paying a lot of money.
Summary: Firstly, understand that I am a die-hard Canon fanatic. I have 6 different SLR bodies from a basic AE-1 through EOS 1N RS up to the EOS 1Ds. I bought the S40 specifically to have a compact pocket digital camera for snaps on vacation or when it's just too darn inconvenient to carry a full-sized SLR with all the miscellaneous lenses, flash, filters, and other gadgetry. I was vastly disappointed at the battery life.
Summary: I am extreamly happy with it. Picture quality is super, easy to use, small to carry. I took it to vacation. All the pictures turned out to be excellent quality. 30 sec video feature is great too.