Joined on 03/03/07
Major difference from SX110
Pros: We are happy with this camera. We leave the flash off as much as possible so most photos we take are technically "low light" and this camera does great. It also has many options that are great such as focusing options and flash options. We love the zoom and image stabilization. It makes it so that if you rest your arm on something while holding it, you can take great photos at a distance. This is huge for us because we love taking candid photos of our kids working and playing without interrupting their focus. Playing with the "smile" mode is fun too. They have dramatically reduced the recycle time from the SX110 which we greatly appreciate. Kids go too fast for the 9 second recycle time of the SX110. This is 6 or less. We also prefer the AA batteries vs the battery pack because you can't buy a battery pack just anywhere if your battery goes dead. We use Nihm AA's which are simple, easy and cheap! We keep several sets charged and have no problems with dead batteries
Cons: We hate the auto mode. For some reason the photos are overexposed or are focused in the wrong location. But we have remedied this with using program mode. The software is horrible! It seems grossly over complicated for such a simple task. You have to click three times in this big fancy window instead of once in a simple window to download photos. And the "camera window" takes forever to start up for us on both mine and my wifes computer. Is it really that complicated of a process? We have tried finding another program, but we can't seem to find one that will download them into folders sorted by day so we deal with it. We also tried using the old version from our SX110 but it wouldn't work. The body doesn't have a good hand hold, but we are careful to use the strap. And speaking of strap, they made the strap round and uncomfortable instead of flat. So stole our old flat one which is much more comfortable but still question why they made the change.
Overall Review: We got accustom to our SX110. But after we found solutions to our problems, mainly using program mode, we are satisfied once again with our canon. We are frustrated with many of the changes such as the software, the AUTO issues, and the strap, but picture quality is what is important to us. We are fully aware that this is a point and shoot and accept its inherent disadvantages, but this camera takes awesome pictures at a price that doesn't break the bank. Our final check of how the picture quality is done through seeing our friends pictures and their interaction with their cameras. We feel ours has better color rendition when we see their pictures on screen and printed, and a better features set which allows us more control over our photos. We leave that a mute point with them, but we are always on the prowl for a better deal and so far have not found one for a comparable or better price.
Great Power Supply
Pros: Powers way more than I ever expected with reliability. 4 HDD's (Not SSD) 2 Video Cards (Quadro FX3500, Quadro FX550) Athlon II x4 CPU The other standard components. I have needed to purchase adapters and splitters because it didn't have enough connectors, and it still holds its voltages strong. It powered another computer for a couple years before this build as well and has far exceeded my expectations.
Cons: None. This think is a workhorse!
Overall Review: This powers a multi purpose computer that gets heavy usage with design work as a workstation, and it stays on 24/7 as a server. And every once in a while, it will spend 24hrs+ powering the CPU 100% for renderings which is about as hard as you can get on a power supply because of the 1.00 duty cycle during those times. I blow things out including the power supply with an air compressor every 3 month because the dust builds up fast so it stays as cool as possible. I am definitely glad I paid a higher price for a lower nameplate wattage with a better reputation behind it all. This thing has saved me from needing to pay for a newer higher power supply when I upgraded so it literally has paid off.
Great Low Light Cheap Camera
Pros: This camera take about 3,000 photos a month and still works great. We use this for a work camera where we must photo document our work for our clients in the property preservation industry. It also gets turned on and off A LOT and which has made the gears on the lens sound a little rough, but for the amount of times its been turned on and off, its doing great. This camera does great in low light/interior photos. We have tried a couple other cheap cameras and they didn't do interior photos well. We have used canon for our family camera for many years know and knew their low light and reliability strength so we finally put up the money for this one.
Cons: None for the price!
Overall Review: It seems to take decent photos given the price of the camera, but we haven't tried taking great photos and then check them over for quality. It has taken well over 10,000 photos so far and still runs great. It also does great in low light which many cheap camera have problems with. We bought this camera locally from Walmart when our last work camera broke during work, but figured a review would be helpful for those interested.
Great for our camera
Pros: Great price for good level of storage for pictures on our digital camera. Our picture size is about 2.5MB and we have plenty of room for several busy days with the kids even with lengthy high quality videos. We would stretch its capacity over a weekend, and it definitely would not last a long trip, but for around town, it provides plenty of space.
Overall Review: Recycle time without the flash is quick enough. It is nice to have the headroom so we don't have to worry about whether the card is empty before we leave the house. It has been reliable so far and it gets used everyday. And it was cheap!