Summary: I guess I bought this too soon. I had no idea Canon was going to replace it so fast and move on as if it never existed-- Newegg, too! Waiting a couple of months would have brought the SX30 for the same price.
Pros: Battery life seems good. 250 shots over 6 months and batteries are still fine. Doesn't eat batteries just sitting there. Fairly light weight, turns on fast, easy to whip out and shoot, only limited by focusing time. Zoom length is great (but not as much as its replacement, the SX30 @ 35X)
Cons: Has a terrible time focusing in macro in natural indoor light, constantly going in and out while it hunts for that perfect focus spot. I tried to take a pic of a miniature scene from 6" through 36", and never got the camera to stop focus-hunting. Past about 3' or so, seems fine. Low-light focus a...
Excerpt: Really good camera for starters who have dilemma to go for DSLR or P&S...High zoom with image stablization works out well....buttons and the menus are really useful..HD recording is another plus...LCDs are crisp and clear but too small..
Summary: The camera also seemed to set the resolution on it's own. I could not figure that out but even with the lower rez and using a high speed (data transfer) memory card I always got a "please wait" after taking a shot so there was no opportunity for continues shooting.
Pros: Simple daylight shots in program mode seemed fine. The fact that any information you need regarding the operation is tucked away on a CD is a definite drawback. Newegg was great in taking this back without incident so I will definitely try this again with another model.
Cons: I found indoor situations or distance situations difficult to focus correctly. The pictures were grainy and frankly I bought this type of camera to get high end results in a point and shoot format. I have a small another point and shoot that only has a 3X zoom so I wanted a greater zoom, but that...
Summary: It would have been nice for the camera to have had some amount of internal memory. Especially since the camera ships without a SD/SDHC card. As it is, Canon sends you 4 AA batteries but the camera is useless until you buy a memory card.
Pros: Camera does everything that I wanted plus so much more. It takes very good pictures with good accurate colors when shooting outside without the flash.
Cons: The user's guide is on the CD. If you choose to print it out you are looking at 180 pages. No option on Canon's website to purchase a paper copy of the manual. Using the flash resulted in excessive red flesh tones on several peoples faces when using the camera in the automatic mode. I haven't tri...
Summary: If you are looking for a camera that will take very sharp and detailed photos keep looking.If you will be satisfied like my wife just taking snap shots and long range shots that are very grainy,than I guess this camera will meet your needs.
Pros: The 20x zoom is capable of getting shots that would otherwise be missed.The battery life is outstanding.It has a good solid feel to it.My wife loves the camera and I bought it for her.
Cons: I know its not fair to compare this 400 dollar camera to my 1200 dollar Nikon D90 but I have to say I have not seen one photo from this camera that is super sharp.The auto focus is just not there.The photos just lack too much detail for my likes.I have taken hundreds of photos on all settings and...
Excerpt: I moved up to this camera from an S3 IS and was very impressed. I took it to an evening military tattoo where it had to cope with fading light, long zoom shots, back lighting and just about everything else that can degrade a picture and even in Auto mode it delivered beautiful photos.
Summary: I think this is a VERY excellent camera and I highly recommend it to anyone. I will admit though that like with most cameras if you don't know what you're doing you can end up with some crappy shots.