Summary: This is the second elph I purchased, and both crap, shortly after buying the lens would stop retracting periodically, till finally stopped all together, same thing with my other elph sd450, I called Canon and guess what just out of warranty, then I researched a little on the web and low and behold...
Summary: I have had this camera for only one year, and only used it occasionally. It was working yesterday, and although I did not drop it or bump it or get dust into it, now the lens will not go back into the body, and just makes a beeping noise and shows "lens error" when I try to turn it on.
Summary: I started suffering the "lens error" described in these reviews. It was actually felt like when I had xbox 360 red ring issues where once it started happening I knew the camera was going to brick on me. I was so sure SD 1300 was going to fail I took a Sony a350 with me this weekend as a back up.
Summary: The little Canons have been great cameras. The picture quality is phenomenal as is the ease of use. The issue is that my SD1100 and SD1300 both had lenses that froze halfway out after the warrantly period was over. The expense to fix it is half the price of a new camera.
Summary: My wife was given this camera as a gift. It worked fine for about 6 months. The camera was well cared for and always stored in a padded case. Suddenly it displayed "lens error. restart camera". At that point the lens locked and would not extend or retract. The camera ceased to function.
Summary: Purchased this camera as a Christmas present for my teenage daughter replacing a Fuji Finepix she has used for years. The Canon PowerShot developed a "lens error" the first time she used it Christmas morning. I returned the camera and will switch back to Fuji or Nikon.
Unwieldy if you want to use non-automatic settings
22 December 2010
Summary: I had the old version of the camera. Like the old model, this camera takes good, clean photos, and is compact. However, instead of having an external menu for choosing modes (such as low-light, macro, or action shot), you need to toggle through multiple submenus on the digital display.