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Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Blue) by Review Summary ,  Aug 2, 2015

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Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Blue)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 835 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 4.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Portable5.0   average
Simple5.0   above average
Value5.0   average
Weight5.0   above average
Compact4.7   average
Fit4.7   average
Macro4.7   above average
Price4.7   average
Stabilization4.7   average
Video4.6   above average
Size4.5   average
Light4.3   above average
Photo4.3   average
Quality4.3   average
Color4.2   average
Image4.1   average
Battery3.8   above average
Indoor3.8   above average
Service3.8   above average
Menu3.7   average
Focus3.6   above average
Memory3.6   average
Viewfinder3.5   average
Button3.4   average
Shutter3.3   average
Lens1.6   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Battery

Battery:
"I've had two other Canon camera's that take AA batteries and they only lasted about a year before they broke, also, they seemed to run out of battery life very quickly."
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"So I tried the various remedies posted by a number of others with the same similar problem, pretty much in order of damage risk (battery in-out, tapping, banging, etc."
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"Sony's absolutely absurd 'proprietary' batteries, cables, and accessories finally caused me to say 'enough, already! '"
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"The only problem I have is that one reason I return to Canon is that over the years, I have accumulated plenty of batteries and chargers from dead cameras."
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"His current 5+-year-old camera is terrible in low-light (he too hates to use the flash, but his photos look terrible) and it goes through batteries like there's no tomorrow."
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"Battery time is wonderful when running it non-stop with video and a 4 GB card."
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"I also appreciate the rechargeable battery as well."
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"The battery like is good, I can take photos several times or days before it runs out and I have this camera for years!"
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"The camera is durable, has good battery life, and takes nice pictures."
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"My only recommendation is that Canon make the battery in unit charge abled, instead of having to remove the battery to charge it."
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Button

Button:
"It has triple the megapixels, a much larger screen, and no longer has that long irritating delay between pushing the button and getting the shot."
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"I realize the goal was to keep the camera's body small so button size was compromised to have room for everything."
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"The only feature that we both are a bit disappointed in is the on off button is small and level with the camera body,so it a bit hard to use."
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"Kids move and change expressions very quickly so the continuous autofocus button (which some could find annoying)I find does the trick!"
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"Another slight downside is that the the buttons on the back (mainly the arrows) are inset a little more and are a little harder to press."
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"She refuses to use it based on hours of frustration with buttons that were cheaply designed for profit, not the true enjoyment of the user."
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"(my first non-SLR)Picture resolution is quite good, fast control over flash with it's dedicated button is really handy when you're in a hurry and need to ensure you don't get a flash when you don't want one."
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"It actually stops zooming in between optical and digital zoom and then you can hit the zoom button again if you want to zoom further, which is nice if you don't like the digital zoom as much."
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"The buttons are small as well, so I have to use my fingernail to use them, but I like how the camera is all laid out (both the menus and the location of the buttons)."
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"Speaking of buttons, I find them to be very user friendly - similar to other Canon cameras, easy to figure out even in the dark."
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"The latch for the batter card slots is pretty sturdy, the buttons are flush against the back of the camera so they aren't as likely to accidentally be pressed or scraped against something."
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Charging

Charging:
"I was really frustrated by this - I usually have a charger at work, one at home, have one available for travel in my bag."
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"The not so good points are: 1. must remove the battery to charge it, no dock or way to charge it while in the camera."
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"From completely dead to full charge takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes."
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"There's also a new charger (not compatible with the old batteries), a glossy white-colored model to blend into your wall."
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"My only recommendation is that Canon make the battery in unit charge abled, instead of having to remove the battery to charge it."
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"The fact that it brings its own battery charger is a plus as well."
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"LOVE that it came with a charger!"
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"I charge it maybe once a month and I use it pretty much every day."
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"But because I already knew the features and have the charger it was a good investment."
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Color

Color:
"Unfortunately, since this model is 3 years old, I was unable to afford the camera in the dark gray color."
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"The color is TERRIBLE, the image is usually grainy and or fuzzy, and it is overall very lackluster."
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"Pictures come out fuzzy, over exposed, under exposed, with terrible colors, with vertical light streaks, completely out of focus (the auto focus is incredibly lame and slow - it does a complete out and in on the lens every shot."
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"The colors are very washed-out and the contrast isn't good either."
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"also, i was disappointed that this camera doesn't have different colors for the pictures."
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"The pictures are so clear, the color balanced and we have absolutely nothing to complain about regarding picture quality."
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"I really love me camera, I absoutly adore the color, its nice and portable, its easy to use and doesn't bother me when im carrying it around on my travels."
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"The different color options for the camera makes it fun gift especially for teenager."
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"She showed me the pictures after her trip & the colors on the pictures were great too."
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"The videos as well are wonderful - great color and sound quality."
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"I liked the orange color of the SD1200, but it turns out that's the only thing I like about the camera."
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Compact

Compact:
"I don't think any of the recent Canon compacts fit that bill, they all have the terrible Smart Auto Mode."
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"The SD1200 is not the only Canon compact that suffers from this problem, just about every new Canon has the same problem."
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"PROS:*yes, it is very small and attractive*seems well constructed*good price ($150) for supposed CANON QUALITY*charger is compact and nicely designedCONS:*terrible low light performance!"
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"I love how compact and light it is -- easy to slip in my purse or a jacket pocket."
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"This camera is adorable, very compact, and takes great pictures."
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"It is easy to use & compact - I bring it everywhere, and the zoom feature is great."
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"It's small and compact and it takes very nice photos."
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"It is super compact, sleek, good design, fits nicely in a snug case, not hard to use, and takes good pictures."
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Control

Control:
"The zoom works well, controls aren't hard to learn (well, it's only my 5th Canon), and 10 Mpix is a good working resolution (not too big, not too fuzzy), and a great first camera too."
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"The camera worked well enough, but it lacked manual controls, the picture quality wasn't great, and, frankly, I never truly warmed to it."
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"Suffice it say I'm disappointed in both the overall picture and its cumbersome controls."
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"I have become accustom to using the Canon Power Shot A590; so it was hard to get use to the scene selection controls."
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"The controls are pretty intuitive; my only complaint is you have to get used to the arrow keys being labeled as something else."
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"The zoom works well, controls aren't hard to learn (well, it's only my 5th Canon), and 10 Mpix is a good working resolution (not too big, not too fuzzy), and a great first camera too."
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"The photos always turn out great as there is an auto on the camera but also manual controls that allow you to change the settings if you are indoors (like at a concert)."
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"(my first non-SLR)Picture resolution is quite good, fast control over flash with it's dedicated button is really handy when you're in a hurry and need to ensure you don't get a flash when you don't want one."
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"After dropping and jamming the control motor on my 4 year old Kodak Easy Share, I was excited to upgrade because there were some issues that bugged me about my old one, like slow shutter speed and certain limitations in settings and quality."
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"Mind you my standard of comparison is my old 3mp Canon S230, Canon's el cheapo camera of yore, and with which I took over 15,000 excellent photos without playing with the controls."
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Expectation

Expectation:
"I'm a bit disappointed since I had higher expectations from this camera."
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"This camera isn't perfect, but it has exeeded my expectations."
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"This item arrived quickly and exceeded my expectations."
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"This camera has far exceeded my expectations!"
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"I have owned this camera since April and it has twice exceeded my expectations."
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"And that reminds me of another great thing about this camera.....BATTERY LIFE: I don't have any stats for you, but I'll just say that I did not expect a) the battery to last as long as it did - it exceeded my expectations based on previous experience by at least 100%, and b) these batteries charge fully (from empty) in about 30 min."
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"It exceeded expectation for what I paid for it."
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Fit

Fit:
"I don't think any of the recent Canon compacts fit that bill, they all have the terrible Smart Auto Mode."
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"A little disappointed that her spare batteries did not fit the redesigned camera."
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"I decided to buy a camera just for fun that could fit in my purse and I wouldn't have a heart attack if it broke."
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"Fits in my palm, easy & intuitive to use, great resolution."
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"It is small, fits in my pocket easily, and takes very crisp, colorful photos."
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"It is super compact, sleek, good design, fits nicely in a snug case, not hard to use, and takes good pictures."
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"fits in hand and takes great pictures for such a simple cam."
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"I wanted a small camera that I could fit in my pocket and this works quite well!"
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Flash

Flash:
"I think that my main complaint is that the flash never worked and since most of my work involved daytime hours, I didn't notice this until the warranty ran out."
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"It should be mentioned that Amazon's usually impressive packing was lacking in this instant and may have contributed to the faulty flash."
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"His current 5+-year-old camera is terrible in low-light (he too hates to use the flash, but his photos look terrible) and it goes through batteries like there's no tomorrow."
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"I intend to address the ISO, flash and theme capabilities further in an attempt to improve the quality of indoor photos."
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"It is fairly fast in good lighting; the flash slows it down for only a millisecond."
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"Only complaint is that the flash coverage begins to weaken beyond about 10 feet, but I knew that when I bought it."
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"Good camera but pictures fuzzy if you don't have flash on - but then on some pics flash ruins the light of the pic."
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"Great indoor and nighttime pics with flash."
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"(my first non-SLR)Picture resolution is quite good, fast control over flash with it's dedicated button is really handy when you're in a hurry and need to ensure you don't get a flash when you don't want one."
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"Image stabilization made picture come out really well - especially at night when not using a flash."
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"I told my wife try full auto flash and try it w o for best results in different conditions."
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Focus

Focus:
"The pictures don't focus very well sometimes and tend to create ghost-like images from surrounding lights."
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"I at first had a it of a problem focusing on moving targets like fast moving kiddos, but have since mastered that."
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"Most of the time picture would come clear, but sometimes blurry, even all the settings are set up, the focusing not all the time does a good job when you need to take a quick picture and especially while moving."
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"Kids move and change expressions very quickly so the continuous autofocus button (which some could find annoying)I find does the trick!"
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"I was a little disappointed when I placed the auto focus on full auto due to continuous lens noise adjustment."
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"I've read some reviews on here where people complain about the noise it makes when focusing."
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"GREAT macro shots and focusing."
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"I love how I am able to focus on multiple faces at once which comes in handy when taking pics of my many little toddlers!"
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"It focuses very quickly and has a nice feature to auto-focus on faces."
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"The camera has a great feature that autofocuses and takes quick photos--something I find really important with moving targets like children."
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"Everything has worked very well for us so far, the only annoyance is that the auto focus can flip out a bit when the camera is on and just pointed into space, as it keeps seeming to try to refocus."
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Image

Image:
"It's ok and does the job but the photo quality is not that great."
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"The pictures don't focus very well sometimes and tend to create ghost-like images from surrounding lights."
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"The color is TERRIBLE, the image is usually grainy and or fuzzy, and it is overall very lackluster."
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"Big Mistake;Both the build and image quality leave much to be desired."
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"The problem is that nearly every photo comes out blurry."
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"Changing ISO helps many blurry picture problems, but, image quality in anything but very well lit conditions is terrible."
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"On the rare times I get to shoot regular photo events this thing is simply marvelous especially putting a richer tone with people of color and others in need of a tan."
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"We download our pics on our computer with ease as well using the associated plug and software that came with it."
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"I like this camera, as a semi-pro I never paid much attention to these cameras but when I go outdoors it has the advantage of actually being with me, a cell phone could not fill that gap because the quality is too poor, I did not expect much but was surprised at the quality of the pics, I use picasa 3 as a editor and it works well."
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"Ease of use, great pic quality and offers video."
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"Great indoor and nighttime pics with flash."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"When I first received the camera I started taking indoor pictures with it in auto mode, and I was not happy with the picture quality."
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"I intend to address the ISO, flash and theme capabilities further in an attempt to improve the quality of indoor photos."
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"THE BAD: The pictures taken indoors were not as impressive."
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"Unfortunately, the indoor picture quality is poor."
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"Indoor pictures are terrible."
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"We were indoors (Pump-it-up) and the lighting was probably not the best."
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"Great indoor and nighttime pics with flash."
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"Outdoor shots look great, but indoor shots always come out grey-ish and require photoshopping."
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"I have taken quite a few pictures indoors with equally impressive results."
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"It can take good pictures indoors in macro mode with the flash, depending on what the subject is."
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"Conclusion: This is a great camera for outdoors and macro shots, but indoors suffers, as most point and shoot cameras do, with a harsh flash."
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Lens

Lens:
"This one also has a real flimsy butterfly lens cover that shutters open closed when turning off on, that started sticking open or closed."
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"Lense error and never worked again."
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"Another victim on the Fatal Lens Error on the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS."
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"Only complaint it that the internal gears are a little loud when that lens is adjusting and focusing."
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"After about six months of moderate use, I turned it on for the fifth time in a single day to discover that the lens wouldn't operate properly -- the fatal Lens Error, Restart Camera message was displayed on the bottom of the screen."
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"My last action (more of curiosity than anything else) was to take the cover shell off the camera in hopes of dislodging the lens, which i imagined was stuck, but this, too, failed -- although it was interesting to see what one of these marvels looks like on the inside....I haven't given up on Canon (I still am the happy owner of a Rebel XSi), but I'm now thinking of buying a more upscale compact (like the S90 or S95), which should give me the performance (and then some) that I miss from the now-outdated SD800."
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"Review of pictures is easier than my previous camera -- there's a separate button for it and you don't have to open the lens to review pictures, which is good when the camera is being handed from person to person for reviews."
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"I already own a Canon EOS Rebel XSi ~ including the fancy macro & wide-angle lens attachments ~ but as wonderful as that is, it is also cumbersome taking it along to family events, especially when some occasions call for an actual video recording."
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"It's made of METAL and not plastic and you can't go wrong with Canon lense standards."
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"It would also be nice to have a more powerful zoom lens."
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"I was amazed how easy it was to operate from the time I turned it on, the pictures are beautiful and the zoon lens and auto focus is superb."
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Light

Light:
"Pictures come out fuzzy, over exposed, under exposed, with terrible colors, with vertical light streaks, completely out of focus (the auto focus is incredibly lame and slow - it does a complete out and in on the lens every shot."
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"Problems seem to crop up any time you have dark and light subjects in the same frame."
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"Absolutely NONE of the newer fujifilm (12mp+) cameras did well, in all the models we tested and ended up returning, they did terrible in low light."
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"I remain disappointed in low natural light pictures."
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"We did not have a strobe, and had no problems with light issues."
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"The biggest issue I had though was that if your subject moved its head or foot slightly half the picture would blur and its not great in low light."
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"I love how compact and light it is -- easy to slip in my purse or a jacket pocket."
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"This is an excellent camera which handles all kinds of light conditions."
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"I also bought a Canon SLR beginner camera, but the Canon SD1200IS is so light, easy and simple to use, that I still use this instead of the SLR camera."
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"Anyway, this camera is a joy, small and light - it takes great photos in almost any condition."
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"I have an HP digital that I love..but can't see a thing in bright light!"
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Macro

Macro:
"Not good for macro pictures."
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"GREAT macro shots and focusing."
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"The different functions are great, Macro for extreme close-ups and Infinity for distance."
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"It can take good pictures indoors in macro mode with the flash, depending on what the subject is."
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")MACRO: The Macro setting is also pretty incredible."
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Memory

Memory:
"Also, we had expected to receive a memory card with it, however we evidently failed to follow Amazon's ordering procedure properly, so perhaps it was a case of not following the rules fine-print?"
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"The placement of the memory card in the battery compartment is a little annoying, but certainly something I can live with."
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"My biggest problem basically was it had no memory card."
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"I was kinda scared if i got a refurb lemon .Battery charged up fine in about an hour and half .Loaded up the battery & memory .Now comes the irritating part .In the Auto mode this camera makes a irritating buzz .I read this in some other reviews too and was thinking i can live with it but the sound does really gets on your head."
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"The only problem: we didn't know we'd also have to purchase a memory card for the camera, so that was a little bit of an inconvenience."
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"The only complaint I have is that it does not come with a memory card and when we bought it there was nothing on the description (or on the Canon site) saying you need to purchase one separately."
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"It is easy to change batteries and memory card."
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"It is convenient, easy to work & I finally have a quality compact camera that takes GOOD videos of things that I want to keep in memory."
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"I decided to purchase the Canon for several reasons:Canon reputation for digital camerasSD memory card compatible- Sony's need the memory stick pro cards that are a little priceyEase of use with my Macs- Although more manufacturers are showing Macs some love, there are still man incompatibilities with included softwareColor selection-I love a camera with a little personality, but many cameras that have different colors take awful pictures."
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"While the camera was pretty much hosed, to my relief (and surprise) the memory card survived so at least the pictures I took beforehand survived."
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Menu

Menu:
"i got so annoyed at this noise and the confusion of how to use the menus that i returned it."
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"i was disappointed by how hard it was to use the menus and the handbook didn't help much."
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"Also, it doesn't have nearly as many preset settings to choose from as the Kodak model, and the menu from which you choose them from is confusing."
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"If I touch the wrong button this camera has way too many menus that will take over."
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"Not to mention, the menus on this camera are extremely intuitive and user friendly."
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"The features on the menu are pretty easy to learn and use."
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"Mucho impressed with the image quality, easy to use menus, and cute color."
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"I have taken pictures with this camera using some of the features in the easy to navigate menu and when I have printed them out and showed friends and collages they were impressed with the quality."
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"Menus are logical, LCD is clear and vivid."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"Unfortunately when I got home and got my pictures up on the computer the color rendition was terrible, and this for basic automatic outdoor shots."
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"Almost all of my photos were grainy and washed out; grossly inferior to my old Canon S50 or my wife's Canon SD870.While this camera may well take great pictures outside (I don't know since I did not take any pictures outdoors with it), it does not take good pictures inside with limited light."
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"However, it is challenging to get good pictures outdoors at night."
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"For reasons I still haven't figured out, while the camera seems to do a great job picking out the correct mode (i. e. portrait versus outdoor), the results in auto are almost never as good as if you just leave it in P (program) mode."
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"I like this camera, as a semi-pro I never paid much attention to these cameras but when I go outdoors it has the advantage of actually being with me, a cell phone could not fill that gap because the quality is too poor, I did not expect much but was surprised at the quality of the pics, I use picasa 3 as a editor and it works well."
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"Outdoor shots look great, but indoor shots always come out grey-ish and require photoshopping."
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"I've taken pictures outdoors, the pictures have been clear and crisp."
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"When taking landscape pictures outdoors in perfect lighting of trees with clouds in the background, the trees will usually come out as underexposed, blackish blobs even if they are not in shadow, while clouds will usually be just formless, blown out white blobs."
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"-Outdoors this camera takes great landscape photos."
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Photo

Photo:
"That was unheard of with the Sony (the Sony failed on me---the shutter stopped opening---kinda hard to take photos without that working feature).One of my favorite features is the 'repeat photo' feature which allows you to take one photo after the other by simply holding your finger down on the 'capture' button."
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"I received this camera as a gift and immediately was disappointed in the quality of the photos."
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"So I have missed out on so many good pictures cause it's hard to get a baby to stay still for photos."
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"His current 5+-year-old camera is terrible in low-light (he too hates to use the flash, but his photos look terrible) and it goes through batteries like there's no tomorrow."
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"A local camera shop checked that the photos were in fact being recorded, and said that they saw more problems with Canon's consumer grade cameras than with other makers."
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"Also, the optical viewfinder is excellent for people who just aren't comfortable taking photos by looking at the screen (like my husband)."
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"It is small, inexpensive, has a view finder and takes decent photos and videos."
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"I've had this camera for 4-5 years now, and it still works great and takes super clear photos."
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"my wife loves it easy to use ggod photos"
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"Good quality photos."
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"This one is more megapixels and the photos it takes are really good."
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Photography

Photography:
"This camera makes my (not so great) photography abilities look even worse."
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"This is an excellent little camera for someone not brilliant at photography."
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"For someone who really loves photography but has no means for a real camera, this one is a great choice!"
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"My daughter used and older model of this camera in her digital photography class and fell in love with it."
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"My husband and I love photography, and a few years ago we purchased a prosumer level SLR (Canon)."
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"I really enjoy photography and thought maybe my daughter could join me, but it's fairly pointless with this camera."
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"She is very interested in learning photography and this is an excellent first camera for that purpose."
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Point-and-shoot

Point-and-shoot:
"My second best was a pink Panasonic Lumix point-and-shoot camera (forgot the model #)."
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"Nice point-and-shoot with great picture quality."
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"For a point-and-shoot, it takes excellent quality pictures and is easy to use."
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"This camera's electronic features, combined with a handy size and weight, makes it an outstanding simple point-and-shoot camera."
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"The image quality is very good for a point-and-shoot and there are a lot of neat features included, including face detecting, which is cool if you like shooting portraits and stuff like that."
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Portable

Portable:
"I really love me camera, I absoutly adore the color, its nice and portable, its easy to use and doesn't bother me when im carrying it around on my travels."
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"It's very portable, good quality, great price, and will last as long as taken care of."
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"I wanted something that is very portable but still takes great quality pictures, has enough but not too many features, and operates quickly and easily."
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"Ultra portable and easy to use."
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"The camera itself is aesthetically pleasing and easy to operate, the battery life seems fine, and the charger is nice and portable."
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Price

Price:
"GREAT LITTLE CAMERA AT A DECENT PRICE...ALL THOSE COMPLAINING ABOUT SMALL CAMERAS NOT HAVING VIEWFINDERS...HERE'S YOUR SOLUTION...SUPER QUALITY PHOTOS"
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"I am greatly disappointed and will never waste my money on a Canon camera again."
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"A bit longer range would be nice but for convenience and price and quality of images, it is hard to beat."
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"This camera is hard to beat for the money."
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"This camera actually works excellent compared to most models in this price range, it's very hard to find anything better unless you're willing to pay over $300."
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"Last year I was lured to another brand with a price promotion and was disappointed with the fuzzy, blurry photos it produced on a regular basis."
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"It is small, inexpensive, has a view finder and takes decent photos and videos."
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"Best price around."
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"GREAT LITTLE CAMERA AT A DECENT PRICE...ALL THOSE COMPLAINING ABOUT SMALL CAMERAS NOT HAVING VIEWFINDERS...HERE'S YOUR SOLUTION...SUPER QUALITY PHOTOS"
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"Great little camera....awesome price ~ very satisfied ! "
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"So I compromised and settled for a new blue camera in the same model, which had a reasonable price."
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Quality

Quality:
"It's ok and does the job but the photo quality is not that great."
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"Either I'm blind, don't understand picture quality, or those cameras were not working how they should, because I have been able to adjust settings easily to get pictures incredibly beautiful, sharp and bright."
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"I would have been happy with average picture quality but unfortunately they aren't even that."
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"I received this camera as a gift and immediately was disappointed in the quality of the photos."
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"Big Mistake;Both the build and image quality leave much to be desired."
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"Changing ISO helps many blurry picture problems, but, image quality in anything but very well lit conditions is terrible."
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"Canon quality, perfect."
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"Good quality photos."
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"Great little camera - good quality and easy to use! "
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"Amazing quality."
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"EXCELLENT QUALITY."
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Resolution

Resolution:
"The zoom works well, controls aren't hard to learn (well, it's only my 5th Canon), and 10 Mpix is a good working resolution (not too big, not too fuzzy), and a great first camera too."
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"Still unable to figure out how to change the picture resolution, but have not played with it that long."
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"Fits in my palm, easy & intuitive to use, great resolution."
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"Most digital cameras now have higher resolution, but 10 mega pixels is not a problem."
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"(my first non-SLR)Picture resolution is quite good, fast control over flash with it's dedicated button is really handy when you're in a hurry and need to ensure you don't get a flash when you don't want one."
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"Great resolution, vibrant colors, image stability and its ability to start up in a matter of a second or two were all great positives."
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"As the SD 750 is a 7.1 MP camera and this one is 10 MP, one might expect (understandably) higher resolution from this camera but this ends up being an excellent illustration of the megapixel myth."
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Screen

Screen:
"It has triple the megapixels, a much larger screen, and no longer has that long irritating delay between pushing the button and getting the shot."
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"I previously had a nikon s220 coolpix that I used for 8 months until I broke the LCD screen and I was always a little disappointed with the pictures it took."
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"Also, the optical viewfinder is excellent for people who just aren't comfortable taking photos by looking at the screen (like my husband)."
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"While taking a picture it shut itself down and the lens stayed open and an E18 error came on the screen."
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"Or you will damage the viewing screen."
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"I appreciate the viewfinder as an alternate method for framing the picture ... sometimes it is hard to see the screen in sunlight ... or for just quickly pointing it in the right direction and photoshopping the resulting 10 megapixel image."
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"The screen is still in great condition and hasn't scratched like an older camera I have."
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"On the plus side, the LCD is good enough on this one that you can see tell that your pictures are crap (as opposed to the SD770IS where the pictures look good on the little screen so you only take one or two."
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"I also like having a viewfinder for those bright sunny days where it is difficult to see the LCD screen, although the screen is great in most conditions."
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"LCD screen is decent size."
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Service

Service:
"Very disappointed with the customer service that actually LIED to me since they actually sent me my ORIGINAL paperwork that they said they did not receive which is why they were going to charge me."
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"I've been very displeased with Kodak's customer service and so I thought I'd try Canon, since it has a good reputation, but I was nothing but frustrated and unhappy with this Canon digital camera, will be returning it, and repurchasing the Kodak model."
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"Called Canon Customer Service to tell them card was missing and was told camera does not come with a card."
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"Got a lens error, restart error which I Googled and got a barrage of sites with this same issue and complaints about Canon service."
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"I was provided with excellent customer service and would purchase from them again."
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"I won't say, Don't buy a Canon because I love my old one and the features and customer service are great."
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"I've been very displeased with Kodak's customer service and so I thought I'd try Canon, since it has a good reputation, but I was nothing but frustrated and unhappy with this Canon digital camera, will be returning it, and repurchasing the Kodak model."
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"Even better than I expected...thank you for great service."
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"I am very pleased with the price and service they provide."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"The folks who complain about not getting sharp photos simply need to practice."
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"The folks who hold their camera with one hand and fail to pre-focus will seldom get sharp photos with ANY small digital camera."
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"Takes nice sharp photos."
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"I have gotten lots of nice crisp, sharp pictures so far (both still and action shots) with the camera set at 6 MP so my file size isn't too big."
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"They were clear and sharp with good color."
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"The pictures are sharp with colors and exposure that look great even when I take shots without the flash."
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"I printed an 8x10 on plain paper and all the print on the sticker was clear, sharp and legible."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"This one also has a real flimsy butterfly lens cover that shutters open closed when turning off on, that started sticking open or closed."
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"That was unheard of with the Sony (the Sony failed on me---the shutter stopped opening---kinda hard to take photos without that working feature).One of my favorite features is the 'repeat photo' feature which allows you to take one photo after the other by simply holding your finger down on the 'capture' button."
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"Program mode is not complete...cannot select shutter or f-stop priority, but does include ISO setting, so you basically can trade off noise for blur (low ISO reduces noise but slows the shutter)."
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"Extremely short battery life in temps nearing the teens, sound quality is terrible, shutter speed....well lets just say you better always have a tripod regardless of the available light, but why waste any more time talking about a bad camera."
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"As much as I loved my old Kodak, I have been scared off of purchasing a new Kodak since many many reviews said the pictures were not clear, the shutter time seemed too slow, and that they seemed to just stop working altogether in a matter of months."
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"* It's lightweight, records video, has a decent shutter speed, and takes relatively wide angle photos."
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")+ I have gotten some great 'micro' closeup shots (insects, acorns)+ good image stabilization (anti-shake); I've taken some successful shots with slow shutter speed.+ great self-timerWhat I don't like:- badly designed operator's manual--who writes these things nowadays?"
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"The cammera has optical stabilization, and I've shot reasonable photos at a 1 second shutter free hand, but it takes some breathing control."
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"Extremely short battery life in temps nearing the teens, sound quality is terrible, shutter speed....well lets just say you better always have a tripod regardless of the available light, but why waste any more time talking about a bad camera."
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"It is small, I can fit it in my work blazer's pocket even, the picture quality is superb as well as the shutter speed."
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Simple

Simple:
"Love it slick simple, gets basic pictures right."
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"fits in hand and takes great pictures for such a simple cam."
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"I also bought a Canon SLR beginner camera, but the Canon SD1200IS is so light, easy and simple to use, that I still use this instead of the SLR camera."
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"Camera is simple to use and easy to carry."
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"The camera is simple, easy to use, just like all Cannons."
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Size

Size:
"GREAT LITTLE CAMERA AT A DECENT PRICE...ALL THOSE COMPLAINING ABOUT SMALL CAMERAS NOT HAVING VIEWFINDERS...HERE'S YOUR SOLUTION...SUPER QUALITY PHOTOS"
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"The videos with this camera turn out pretty good, not so good with capturing small things like snow though."
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"One thing that I dislike is the size of the viewfinder - quite small, and not as useful as I'm accustomed to."
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"All I wanted was a camera that took high quality pictures and was not so small that I might mistake it for a credit card!"
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"Small enough to hold in your hand (when you are worried about pick-pockets) but big enough to have a decent-sized viewing screen."
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"It is small, inexpensive, has a view finder and takes decent photos and videos."
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"Great pictures and small ... video works good too."
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"GREAT LITTLE CAMERA AT A DECENT PRICE...ALL THOSE COMPLAINING ABOUT SMALL CAMERAS NOT HAVING VIEWFINDERS...HERE'S YOUR SOLUTION...SUPER QUALITY PHOTOS"
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"The best little camera and so small and easy to carry! "
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"It is small, fits in my pocket easily, and takes very crisp, colorful photos."
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Speed

Speed:
"I at first had a it of a problem focusing on moving targets like fast moving kiddos, but have since mastered that."
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"Extremely short battery life in temps nearing the teens, sound quality is terrible, shutter speed....well lets just say you better always have a tripod regardless of the available light, but why waste any more time talking about a bad camera."
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"It is fairly fast in good lighting; the flash slows it down for only a millisecond."
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"As much as I loved my old Kodak, I have been scared off of purchasing a new Kodak since many many reviews said the pictures were not clear, the shutter time seemed too slow, and that they seemed to just stop working altogether in a matter of months."
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"The wrist strap is almost impossible to attach; I finally threaded a piece of dental floss through to attach to the strap and pull it through...very slow & frustrating."
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"My previous camera was a Kodak using 2 AA batteries which was frustrating in how fast the batteries would wear down."
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"This camera is so versatile: fast, easy to use, has good picture quality, lightweight and small."
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"* It's lightweight, records video, has a decent shutter speed, and takes relatively wide angle photos."
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"Fast refresh rate, great quality of the pictures - I was able to take pictures out the window going 80 down the interstate and have them be crystal clear (even of a road sign).I'm not very technologically-inclined, so I can't offer you those details."
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"Really fast and easy to use."
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"The speed between pictures is not long and can still take good pictures with fast speed."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"the image stabilization doesn't work too well - I have to hold the camera extra still for the picture to come out clearly."
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"It does such a great job at stabilization that I can had it to my 4 yr old and let him take pictures and 4 out of 5 of them will turn out awesome even though he ran, jumped, and spun while shooting the pictures!"
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")+ I have gotten some great 'micro' closeup shots (insects, acorns)+ good image stabilization (anti-shake); I've taken some successful shots with slow shutter speed.+ great self-timerWhat I don't like:- badly designed operator's manual--who writes these things nowadays?"
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"Image stabilization is great."
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"Image stabilization made picture come out really well - especially at night when not using a flash."
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"It doesn't have all the cool features the Canon has (no video either), but it does have image stabilization, a rechargeable battery, and the greatest part... it takes good pictures!"
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Tripod

Tripod:
"My only complaint is the typical (of all brands) plastic tripod mount."
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"The only problem was they did detect some shaking of the hand, but I think a tripod would easily fix this problem."
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"Tripod Mounting makes this camera a wonderful shooting experience for mostly video events, even though it is for still shots."
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"I recommend getting a gorillapod tripod to use with this (I got the small one, and used it a lot in the woods with Fall scenes, myself hidden like Waldo in the scenes)"
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"Battery life is very good, optical zoom works smoothly and pictures are stable without a tripod."
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"Even at night, given you use a tripod this camera has great infinity detail."
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"I got 2 kids thats always on the move & I want to take their pictures when they're having fun playing w o noticing me taking those shots, even if I use the kids & pet mode but w o flash, the pictures were blurry, really blurry...So I have to use the flash even we're in indoor location..Most of the times I used flash because pictures were blurry unless you used a tripod..On the other hand, the MACRO mode is great."
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Value

Value:
"It is definitely the best value!"
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"Got it on sale and it's a great value."
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"Great value."
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"Good value for the money."
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"It's a good value for your money."
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Video

Video:
"She took a couple of videos and the playback was fuzzy and just horrible."
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"it looks pink but says red in english and spanish but i just went with my gut and got it so its hot pink ,i love it it takes great pics weather someone is moving or not, video is good too came with everything listed ."
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"Then I got Nikon camera, this camera had HORRIBLE picture quality and video quality."
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"But I had a problem last night with a 7 minute video clip that had errors after it was pulled onto my desktop."
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"My other small complaint is the video, you can't hear any sound when youreplay a video from the camera."
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"We've used this camera for video on several occasions and you wouldn't be able to tell it was taken with a hand held camera instead of a video camera."
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"It is small, inexpensive, has a view finder and takes decent photos and videos."
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"Great pictures and small ... video works good too."
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"it works great and will let you do reasonable movies also."
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"But for general video use, like home videos it's great."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"GREAT LITTLE CAMERA AT A DECENT PRICE...ALL THOSE COMPLAINING ABOUT SMALL CAMERAS NOT HAVING VIEWFINDERS...HERE'S YOUR SOLUTION...SUPER QUALITY PHOTOS"
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"It's not perfect, but for those times when it is really bright out, or you are having problems holding the camera steady, the viewfinder is very handy."
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"Unfortunately, it doesn't have a viewfinder so taking pictures in bright sunlight is difficult to accomplish."
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"One thing that I dislike is the size of the viewfinder - quite small, and not as useful as I'm accustomed to."
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"The two newer powershot models (1300 & 1400) do not have viewfinders which I consider is a big mistake! "
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"While not terribly accurate, a viewfinder is a very important feature when shooting under a bright sun."
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"second one, this is awesome, and I recommend it..has a viewfinder for those sunny days you can't see the lcd screen"
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"This little gem makes it easy to see your subject through the viewfinder instead of on the LCD screen in sunlight."
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"I looked at a number of small point-and-shoot cameras for one with a viewfinder, and this was the only one which met that need as well as taking good pictures for me."
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"The viewfinder is of great help when taking pictures in bright sunlight and the main reason why I purchased this camera, for its viewfinder."
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"One of the very best features of this Canon is the viewfinder."
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Weight

Weight:
"This camera is so versatile: fast, easy to use, has good picture quality, lightweight and small."
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"* It's lightweight, records video, has a decent shutter speed, and takes relatively wide angle photos."
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"This camera's electronic features, combined with a handy size and weight, makes it an outstanding simple point-and-shoot camera."
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"It is compact and lightweight, perfect for the outdoor enthusiast to carry along."
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"It's a great little camera, takes great pictures and is about half the size and weight of my old Kodak."
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