Summary: Don't buy this camera!!! Prone to "Memory Error" & E18 errors after warranty is up. Cost min $150 plus shipping to fix. This camera was great until 23 months went by then I started mysteriously losing pictures due to file format errors. I switched memory cards and it happened again.
Memory card error - a lot of peole have the same thing
kawilliams "shaggy", Amazon
21 September 2005
Summary: Stay away from Canon, many people are having the same problem with the s400 memory card error and canon won't recall it. Instead they are charging people lots of money to fix it. Look for yourself if you like.
Summary: The Canon S400, S410 and S500 have all had serious reliability problems. Read the reviews on this website and you will see that many customers have had a mysterious 'memory error' and/or the lens jamming (E18 error). These problems have shown up at about 18 months on all of these models.
Excerpt: Canon has been one of the top market sellers of cameras and printers for a long period of time now. Ever since it’s mass marketing strategy started, people have started to believe Canon is already a leading developer of cameras and printers. For me, I really don’t doubt that …
Excerpt: I have had one of these little cameras for three years. I use it for taking photos out in the field of wildlife and its habitats, as well as for general use around my family. It is a 5.0 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom. It has …
Summary: I purchased this camera as an upgrade to a 2mp Digital Elph. It was nice that the 2 batterys that I had worked, and I also now have an additional charger. Picture quality is great...a little red eye here and there, but I think that is more from my picture taking.
Summary: I did a bake-off vs a Pentax Optio & was quite surprised how much better this camera's photos usually were. All were in our living room. The Optio had more trouble getting a good focus in less-than-bright indoor light.
Summary: Especially considering the price, this camera is a fantastic buy. I've used several different digital cameras, and this is definitely the best(Olympus C-765, Pentax Optio S4, several Olympus Camedias).
Summary: I can't say enough about how great this little camera is! I bought it in anticipation of a 10 day trip to Europe and it outperformed even my high expectations. I've had some experience with photography, a few classes, and some nice cameras (all Canon's) in the past but this is my first digital.