Summary: The camera is great. I just need to figure out how to use it more. It takes great pictures especially of flowers which I love to take pictures of. I wish that instructions came with the camera that showed all the different features. It just shows the basic things. The battery life is not good. They need to work on that more. I was glad to get another battery so I can have another battery when the first one dies.
Summary: So far I love it, great all purpose camera with HD video. Pictures and videos look great, zoom is good. Downsides: - the placement of the flash, where you normally hold the camera. - implementation of the wireless features: you have to go through a cumbersome setup to get Facebook etc configured, and at some point Facebook upload stopped working so I had to do this again.
Summary: Some people have had battery problems with this camera. I bought 2 extra Vivitar batteries with higher mA-h ratings than the stock Canon batteries. If you do the math, this camera can put a huge load on the microprocessor when you ask it to take high-rate, high-resolution videos, or multiple shots. Zoom a lot at the same time, and these little batteries aren't going to hack it. In addition, Canon has something wrong (I suspect) with the battery life sensor/indicator.
Summary: I did my research on this camera and while many consumer reviews weren't favorable, various known professional reviews were. I admit that the zoom does make it slightly more difficult to get an excellent photo in lower light but really its not bad in comparison to many point and shoot cameras (plus you have the zoom when you need it). I particularly was interested in a camera that I could take with me and get shots of my kids and not have to lug around my Canon Rebel.
A great camera for the price - just carry spare batteries and measure battery life while u can still return it
S. Petty, Amazon
19 January 2014
Summary: I read all the reviews here and on the canonusa.com website, then figured it was worth the fantastic price to me even knowing the battery life would be short if shooting movies (esp w/zooming), and that the battery warning and battery capacity icons would also be pretty useless when shooting movie clips.