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
1 June 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 own many cameras and I like to update with new technology, I bought this based on its high reviews on video recording and HD. The camera is heavy and clumsy to hold but very tough. Instructions are weak and not enough guidance on how to use the video recording in the 1080. I then concentrated on getting some pictures in normal shoot procedures on a sunny day but no matter how I tried, I could not see in the viewfinder as sunlight effected my view.
Pros: The video is a nice performer but instructions are not clear to the new HD user
Cons: Battery! I took 25 pictures and about 2 mins video and the battery started flashing
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 was replacing a much-loved Canon Powershot that finally gave up the ghost in December, and after looking around quite a bit, bought this one. I'm really not happy with it. Maybe if I had not had the little one before, I wouldn't have minded the SD 4500 so much. --It makes noise. --It's heavier. --The battery dies quickly. --It takes forever to focus and snap the picture-- everyone is standing there with frozen smiles.
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.