Excerpt: Overall this camera is pretty good. For the price you are paying this is the kind of camera you excpect to get. Good for people who aren't necessarily into photography but enjoy taking pictures for memories. I would recomment this for people who want a camera for enjoyment not photography. Good quality pictures and excellent battery life.
Summary: I purchased the Canon Powershot SD4500IS after borrowing my daughter's camera to take along on an active family vacation. What I liked about that camera is:I could pass the camera through the loop of the wrist strap & secure it to the belt loop on my jeans. The then let the camera hang, protected, inside my jeans front pocket.
Summary: The pictures are amazing but I am not really happy with the video aspect of it because I think it tries to focus too much so sometimes I get blurry video (this could be a user error because I have not read the manual). It takes good video if you are videoing stationary objects and not moving a lot.
Good for photos, not so great video, terrible battery life
31 May 2011
Summary: I bought this as a replacement for my SD870IS - which is still working fine after many years, just hoping for basically the same camera with HD video and more zoom. Boy, was I ever disappointed. :( This does not hold a candle to the SD870, at all. I shot video of a friend's band with both cameras when I first got this one, and in the same timeframe went through two fully charged batteries on the SD4500 before I even got a low warning on the SD870's first battery; and...
Great features but poor performance, maybe needs a firmware update!
S. Cichanowicz "el pollo loco", Amazon
28 April 2011
Summary: Purchased in September 2010 and already retired by Christmas 2010 due to poor image quality and ridiculously poor battery life (<100 pictures/charge) which is unacceptable at this price point. The camera has many high quality features and sometimes shoots spectacular photos in low light but it tends to be hit or miss and takes way too many out of focus photos.
Summary: I am not an professional photographer. Prior to this camera, I had a Canon PowerShot SD450 (5mp & 3x), I needed an upgrade because I was having some problems with it. I contacted Canon to see if they could offer me with any advise only to say, I can get a refurbish camera or if I wanted it fixed it would cost around $100! I really liked this camera, however I knew I would be insane to get it fixed, and it would be in my best interest to just upgrade.
Summary: Quick Review: Bought it at the end of November 2010. Use it quite often but I have the some big complaints.. 1. It takes a long time from turning on the camera to when the picture is actually taken. I have had several friends say "Take the picture already!" 2.The autofocus either takes a really long time or is just plain bad. At least 1 picture out of every 10 comes out blurry.
Summary: I am not a camera buff or pretend to know anything advanced about cameras. The reason to get this is for a point and shoot, and it mostly failed. I have had the Canon SD700 for a while and it is a terrific camera, however my wife dropped it for the 18 billionth time and the picture quality is not so great anymore. So, christmas time is here, and canon has a new camera! 10x optical zoom, nice large lcd screen to view pictures 1080p video.
Summary: I had this camera for one week and the lens broke. Cannon did repair the camera at no cost. The camera does take amazing pictures even with low light. The video on this camera is pretty amazing too. I love cannon products but I find any camera with a lens that comes out is often suspect. Maybe the SD4000IS is a better buy? Also, the battery is great if you like to take 10 photos then charge your camera again.