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: 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.
Summary: This camera takes great pictures. I really like how well it takes pictures in gyms. My granddaughter plays basketball and indoor soccer and previously the pictures would be too dark (even though it seems like there's plenty of light). I was able to get some great pictures at her last game. Setup for WiFi was a bit tricky and I still do not have it set up to upload to facebook. That may have to do with my firewall at home.
Summary: I have been using Panasonics exclusively for several years now and on numberous vacations. I have been happy with them and the zoom (I have both 20 and 25 zoom cameras). I guess after what I had been using the Panasonics were so much better. I bought the Canon on a whim because I liked the pics a friend had sent me with his Canon PowerShot. Well, The ZOOM on the this little red Canon is head and shoulders above the zoom on the Panasonic Lumix.