Summary: Owning a Canon T2i DSLR ($1000) camera already, an SX10 Is ($350), I must admit that I am very impressed at the quality and performance of this Canon SX1 IS camera. Its like the best of the Point and shoot and the DSLR cameras all rolled up in one package. Imagine a 28-560mm (20 Optical, 4X Digital)equivalent zoom capability on one single lens. Nothing extra to carry with you. Point and shoot and get great results.
"Very solid, Super fast very quiet zoom, IS and focusing"
4 December 2010
Pros: Very fast zoom that is the quietest at zooming (slowly) and quietest at focusing (Fuiji FHS10 was awful) that I've come across so far. Sound recorded - turn downable too. Fun snap scene mode that pics out colour of your choice and makes the rest BW.
Cons: Snapping pictures in video, pauses the video. I like this though - pause will be at an interesting bit! VF quite low definition, make sure the dioptre is adjusted for your eyes correctly. Pictures might lack colour but preset options to enhance.
Summary: Better than good but not excellent. The camera did lack the HDMI cables and even a lens cap strap. The lens cap itself could be better. The mode ring that changes the scenes is not too good. Mixed in with some of the functions it is easy to click on one or the other and not easy to concentrate on a specifed scene. The quality of the camera body itself could be better, does not have a sleek feel,bit cheaper than usual, like Nikon's better.
Pros: Unfortunately, I have not had it long enough to find anything good about it. since purchase, it has had to go in 3 times for repair. Jammed control assembly, defective optical assembly, and don't know what the third repair will find
Cons: Defective from the beginning. In low light - inside, dusk, etc. takes very poor photos.
Excerpt: This is the most disappointing camera I ever bought primarily because the battery life is extremely short. During an 8 hour day of shooting, batteries had to be changed 2 times. In addition, it was hard to get good focus. I have worked with digital cameras since 1999, and film cameras before that. My Canon cameras have included, Elan II, S90, s70, G5,G6, G9, Rebel xTi IS, & Rebel xSi IS, and I have gotten very good results with all of them.
Summary: I purchased one "almost new" and immediately took it on a trip through Vancouver and on a cruise up the Inland Passage to Anchorage. Excellent pictures, the HD video worked well, battery life good; image stabilization pulled out handheld long telephoto shots well beyond what I would have expected. I was concerned about the quality of pictures taken at long telephoto from the ship, like of wildlife along the shore or in the water. These turned out very well also.