Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD940 IS / Digital IXUS 120 IS / IXY 220 IS
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Cannot change focus while recording video
Mitch Chapman, Amazon
21 October 2010
Summary: I bought this camera for its ability to record 720p video. Although it was obvious from reviews that the optical zoom could not be used while recording video, it was not at all clear that the camera does not change focus while recording. If your subject moves closer to the camera (or farther away) while recording, it will go out of focus. I missed this when reading other reviews.
Summary: This camera is a good point and shoot camera. It also takes pretty decent videos, including in low light. However, it is a point and shoot - it can't really be used for anything else, and it has very few settings to play with. It is really small which I like, the LCD screen's pretty decent too. The buttons on the back are pretty hard to push - they're flat and not raised up, so they're pretty hard to find.
Summary: I bought this to replace my Canon SD800 that was 3 years old. I really wanted the ability to shoot video in 720p. Contrary to most people, I think these small cameras are great for shooting video, especially of family and kids. Its small enough to keep in your pocket and whip it out whenever there is something video worthy.
Summary: If your last camera was a stone age 3.1 MP Kodak EasyShare DX6340, then almost any camera bought today will be miles ahead. This camera needs to be compared against the current crop of cameras on the market and not an ancient kodak. Technology has really leapfrogged in the past year or two and Canon seems to be resting on its past laurels while other companies are catching up. I bought both this and the Panasonic ZS-7 recently. The ZS-7 is hands down a winner.
Takes great pics but the mic for taking videos is terrible
P. Romero, Amazon
20 June 2010
Summary: I bought this camera because I wanted to upgrade my CANON SD1000 so after reading reviews i bought this camera. I wanted a new Canon with HD video so that was the main reason for upgrading. The SD940IS takes great pictures, you can hardly tell a difference between the SD1000 7.1 MP pics and the SD940 12.1 MP pics, but they do look slightly better on the SD940. Now the video is another story. I go out to many electronic dance music parties and I take a lot of video.
Pros: It's very small and compact to take around with you everywhere. I am accustomed to taking a camera with me everywhere, so this is a great size. HD Movie Quality is awesome.
Cons: Canon took a step back because I previously owned the Canon PowerShot SD870 and figured an upgrade would be better. I love manual controls like a DLSR, but also need a good auto mode when you hand it to someone to take a picture of you.
Pros: HD video is nice but file sizes are ridiculous, the size and weight are great, revised menu system iseasier, wide angle lens is a plus but not a lot better than the 780 given the aperture is an improved 2.8 vs 3.2.
Cons: The Canon SmartAUTO system absolutely sucks. Indoors? Forget it in AUTO mode... must switch to manual settings, which is a pain in the butt. Or else you will have a folder filled with grainy, yellowish photos.
Summary: I have had many Canon cameras over the years, so I expected a lot from this camera. Prior to this one I had a SD880IS which was larger but had a really good design with a larger LCD and raised controls (not flush like this one). More about the camera ..... The main thing I don't like about the camera is that with the auto mode I got some blurry shots. That was indoor on auto with flash off while subject is not completely still. I had much better luck in program mode.
Excerpt: This camera DOES NOT have a "Superfine" jpeg mode as the details say. It has Fine and Normal only. I actually compared the output from the Ixus120 with an old Ixus30, which does Superfine, and the image results are literally -the same- in terms of noise and jpeg artifacting. The difference is that the Ixus120 produces smaller files.