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Canon PowerShot A4000IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with... by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Canon PowerShot A4000IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with...
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 492 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 4.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Color5.0   above average
Compact5.0   above average
Fit5.0   above average
Simple5.0   above average
Light4.8   above average
Price4.8   above average
Size4.5   average
Zoom4.4   above average
Video4.3   average
Photo4.2   average
Image4.0   average
Quality3.9   below average
Setting3.8   average
Speed3.6   average
Battery3.5   average
Screen3.5   average
Button2.9   below average
Focus2.2   below average
Lens1.1   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"Also find it very hard to unlatch the 'door' to access battery and SD card."
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"It shouldn't do this after normal use, so I'm really disappointed since I can't find a replacement battery locally."
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"Unfortunately the battery has a malfunction & no longer charges."
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"The battery door was extremely hard to open and since you need to remove the battery every time to recharge, this was an awefule design."
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"I was worried that the special battery for the A4000IS (NB-11L) would prevent me from keeping a spare on hand."
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"This camera likes to eat batterys but the images are great! "
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"It's easy to use and the battery lasts a long time."
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"If you want fast picture-to-picture time or better low light performance, you will most likely have to spend more than you will spend on this camera.+ fast power on+ decent battery+ can record HD video- suffers in low light (blurry, noise)- can take a noticeable amount of time to write picture to SD card"
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"Battery life is excellent, and it can be re-charged on the same charger in Europe or the USA."
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"This is my 3rd Canon camera and I swear by them.. first camera fell to ground several times screen still in great shape and still works but you have to tape battery compartment closed I purchased this one cuz I wanted a smaller camera I've used it twice and am real happy with it.."
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Button

Button:
"The off on button is on the top of the camera and if you have big fingers you may find at times the button is a little hard to turn on and off."
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"There aren't any excuses to not feature one.2) Navigation buttons are too small and hard to use."
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"Sometimes, buttons are too small or hard to push and can make it cumbersome if you are trying to take a picture in a hurry."
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"The buttons were slightly hard to use because they were so small, but that's not a major issue for me."
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"The only thing I take issue with is that there is often a delay in the camera taking a picture after pressing the button and I've missed quite a few good shots of my children because of this - it seems to get stuck focusing or something."
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"Control buttons are a bit small for me, but my wife loves them."
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"Easy to use,so user friendly my 5 year old has no problems navugating the buttons."
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"The buttons and controls are easy to manipulate."
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"The only thing I take issue with is that there is often a delay in the camera taking a picture after pressing the button and I've missed quite a few good shots of my children because of this - it seems to get stuck focusing or something."
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"Having actual buttons has been a nice change with being able to feel the buttons as well as see them."
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Color

Color:
"Love the color!"
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"Auto gives grainy, faded color, even in good outdoor light."
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"Granted this can go wider and zoom in further, the SD1100IS takes pictures that are more clear and the color is MUCH more accurate."
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"Canon A4000 is a fun camera available in many colors."
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"It's easy to use, small will fit in small purse bag, takes great pictures with great color."
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Compact

Compact:
"I Love my Canon D50 but if I don't want to tote or carry my big camera, this one takes pictures just as good and is so compact."
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"Easy to use, compact, and cute bubble-gum color."
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"I'd definitely buy it for myself if I didn't already have a compact camera I'm happy with."
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"Perfect compact camera."
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"It is cute, compact, easy to use and makes great pictures."
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Fit

Fit:
"This is a excellent camera - takes great pictures, its easy to carry with you - fits in your pocket, so traveling is easier."
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"It fits in my purse perfectly."
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"It is handy and fits into my pocket and provdes excellent photos."
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"This is a nice traveling companion and easily fits into your pocket so you can be ready for that unusual shot."
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"fits right in your pocket and easy to carry anywhere."
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Focus

Focus:
"The images are often grainy, or the camera does not focus well and images do not have sharp clear edges."
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"The shutters stick and it doesn't focus well any longer."
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"It can't focus is completely incapable of taking pictures in low light settings and while shooting a video holding the camera in the same position it blacked out half the video I had taken and no amount of editing could ever get it back."
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"The camera has problems focusing."
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"I have been unable to focus closer that 1.5 feet reliably even using a tripod."
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"One caveat The manual says it will focus at .4 inch."
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"Focuses very well."
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"I thought it would be easy for them, turn on, point, auto focus, shoot."
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"Auto focus has several options, and seems accurate."
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"Picture quality seems to be pretty good though sometimes doesn't fully autofocus."
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"She finds the autofocus easy to use and she has taken some great photos already."
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Image

Image:
"Photo quality isn't the best, but it makes do for the every day photo."
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"The images are often grainy, or the camera does not focus well and images do not have sharp clear edges."
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"We have children, and have been very disappointed in the images we take of them."
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"While I have been very impressed with the image quality in full sun, the image quality in low-light settings is not very good."
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"This camera is nice and small, but I'm disappointed with it's image quality so I'm now selling and trying to get some money back."
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"This camera likes to eat batterys but the images are great! "
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"The pre-set photo settings are actually pretty good and it gets decent low lighting (like dawn sunset inside, not night time)."
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"My one criticism is that the battery life is not all that long--but if you're not out all day on a photo expedition, this shouldn't be too much of a problem."
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"Small, light weight and takes great pic movie s"
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"Easy to use, great photos, and a nice photo edit software."
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Lens

Lens:
"The damage happened with the lens."
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"This one won't even extend the lens out before posting a lens error and he never mistreated this one to the best of my knowledge."
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"The first camera stopped turn on after 4 months; it was replaced by canon, and the second want was good for another few months , then it started to show a lens error and didn't start it."
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"In September of 2013, I had to contact customer service due to a lens cover error message I was receiving."
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"Then the camera zoom lens stopped working completely, When I try to turn the camera on the screens says Lens error Will shut down automatically Restart camera."
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"This one won't even extend the lens out before posting a lens error and he never mistreated this one to the best of my knowledge."
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"The first camera stopped turn on after 4 months; it was replaced by canon, and the second want was good for another few months , then it started to show a lens error and didn't start it."
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"there is nothing on the lens that I can see, and some of the photos are clear, so I have to assume it's a problem within."
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"I took out the one non-functioning lens protection arm-the other was missing."
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"It worked a charm and I got some good images without having to change the lens on my big camera."
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Light

Light:
"It can't focus is completely incapable of taking pictures in low light settings and while shooting a video holding the camera in the same position it blacked out half the video I had taken and no amount of editing could ever get it back."
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"I used it for a two weeks trip to Europe and it worked great a lot of situations like low light or with the sun right in front of me."
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"Great close ups with no light of my cats."
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"Auto gives grainy, faded color, even in good outdoor light."
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"I bought this camera a few years ago when I was 10 or 11 for a starter camera and it was great it works very well for light painting and great quality pictures."
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"Good camera, light weight and Great Pictures......that's what I wanted!"
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Photo

Photo:
"At the begining i couldn't find all the options that it has, but with the use i found all that i needed in a very simple way, I always carry it with me and the quality of the photos is very good, not a pro but very good for amateur ;-)"
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"there is nothing on the lens that I can see, and some of the photos are clear, so I have to assume it's a problem within."
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"My wife loves to shoot photos and sometimes the iPhone just isn't good enough."
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"They were able to take good photos, clear, sharp with little hassle."
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"The only drawback is that there is not an HD port so as to view the HD video (OR the photos) on an HD TV."
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"I had been dealing with a camera that took horrible, grainy photos, for the past few years, and really was a bit afraid to get another modestly priced, point and shoot camera."
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"Best photos are outdoors."
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"Great photos."
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"You can extend the zoom further than is stated as ither reviews claim for sure, wide angles are great, clear crisp photos."
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"She takes it everywhere and she always takes great photos."
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"Still working and taking great photos."
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Price

Price:
"The build quality is a bit disappointing.. but given the price, i should've lowered my expectations."
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"This camera felt cheap and flimsy and it didn't take good clear pictures."
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"I'm, sure that there are a ton of other cameras in the same price range that are not as good though."
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"Great camera, I bought this after looking at several reviews and trying to get the best deal for my money."
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"Great quality pictures for the price."
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"The Canon PowerShot A4000IS, which can be bought refurbished at a very low price, is a nice entry level point and shoot."
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"takes great pictures & was a really good price"
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"Not sure the cost difference as I would have liked the Pink......will use RED for Half the Price?"
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Quality

Quality:
"Photo quality isn't the best, but it makes do for the every day photo."
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"At the begining i couldn't find all the options that it has, but with the use i found all that i needed in a very simple way, I always carry it with me and the quality of the photos is very good, not a pro but very good for amateur ;-)"
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"The build quality is a bit disappointing.. but given the price, i should've lowered my expectations."
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"While I have been very impressed with the image quality in full sun, the image quality in low-light settings is not very good."
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"camera isn't perfect, but I just needed something to take decent quality pix during my recent Caribbean vacation."
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"This camera is nice and small, but I'm disappointed with it's image quality so I'm now selling and trying to get some money back."
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"Great quality pictures for the price."
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"Good quality pictures."
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"I bought this camera a few years ago when I was 10 or 11 for a starter camera and it was great it works very well for light painting and great quality pictures."
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"Great quality camera."
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"For the price I paid very good quality..."
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Screen

Screen:
"Then the camera zoom lens stopped working completely, When I try to turn the camera on the screens says Lens error Will shut down automatically Restart camera."
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"1 year and 1 month later the lens would not close and the digital screen read lens error, restart camera after several attempts turning the camera on and off the lens would not retract and the camera wouldn't allow me to take any pictures."
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"the stylus to operate the touch screen was missing from the package."
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"Sooo this little camera was great...for about 6 month and then out of no where it was giving me screen error and then would shut off automatically."
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"Pictures aren't sharp, screen is hard to see, especially in bright sun, backgrounds are fuzzy."
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"We already have a Canon so when we got this we weren't surprised by the ease of use and were impressed by the size of the screen."
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"This is my 3rd Canon camera and I swear by them.. first camera fell to ground several times screen still in great shape and still works but you have to tape battery compartment closed I purchased this one cuz I wanted a smaller camera I've used it twice and am real happy with it.."
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"Sooo this little camera was great...for about 6 month and then out of no where it was giving me screen error and then would shut off automatically."
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"I highly recommend this because it is easy to use and has a large screen to see the picture."
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"The larger view screen is nice and the ease of transferring images is great."
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"The LCD screen is large, easy to see, everything seems to work right."
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Setting

Setting:
"While I have been very impressed with the image quality in full sun, the image quality in low-light settings is not very good."
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"I was disappointed in the macro setting."
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"It can't focus is completely incapable of taking pictures in low light settings and while shooting a video holding the camera in the same position it blacked out half the video I had taken and no amount of editing could ever get it back."
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"Sorry Canon, I liked you, but now you've lost me because no fun settings like other point-and-shoot models on the market, no viewfinder like even a disposable camera has (I'm pro-choice in this area), and no adjustable proportions or photo resolution like a camera from 10-years ago."
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"Although the auto white balance works, it often won't work as well as setting it for the proper balance."
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"It has an auto mode for just pointing and clicking or manual where you could adjust several settings to get the best picture."
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"The pre-set photo settings are actually pretty good and it gets decent low lighting (like dawn sunset inside, not night time)."
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"I love the widescreen setting as it let's you get more image in the picture."
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"I messed around with some settings and was finally able to get clearer images."
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"Really you buy this camera for taking pix on the go and archiving memories, with the auto setting it pretty much does all the hard work for you and the pix come out pretty good in my opinion"
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Sharp

Sharp:
"The images are often grainy, or the camera does not focus well and images do not have sharp clear edges."
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"Pictures aren't sharp, screen is hard to see, especially in bright sun, backgrounds are fuzzy."
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"They were able to take good photos, clear, sharp with little hassle."
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"8x optical + 4x digital.5) View screen is large and sharp6) Construction feels really solidA4000 Cons:1) Video seems choppy and heavily compressed (blocky) compared to the SD7802) 720p is only at 25fps when most other models are 30fps3) Photos don't seem as sharp as the SD7804) Sound recording quality isn't as clear as the SD780"
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"Excellent sharp pixs."
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"This Cannon PowerShot takes very sharp pictures with good motion dampening."
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"Sharp pictures, easy to carry around, does not take up much space."
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"They were able to take good photos, clear, sharp with little hassle."
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"The camera takes really sharp and clear pictures, even in low-light."
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Simple

Simple:
"Love this camera - wonderful pictures with a simple point and shoot - excellent features for different lighting and the zoom is super."
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"Very simple to operate very quickly and provides a great shot every time!"
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"Good Pictures - simple; gift to my 84 year old mother to take pictures of her paintings."
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"It was simple to use and took great pictures and the video was great also! "
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"It is a decent simple camera for regular picture taking."
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Size

Size:
"This camera is nice and small, but I'm disappointed with it's image quality so I'm now selling and trying to get some money back."
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"There aren't any excuses to not feature one.2) Navigation buttons are too small and hard to use."
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"Sometimes, buttons are too small or hard to push and can make it cumbersome if you are trying to take a picture in a hurry."
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"We already have a Canon so when we got this we weren't surprised by the ease of use and were impressed by the size of the screen."
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"The buttons were slightly hard to use because they were so small, but that's not a major issue for me."
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"this camera is a great travel camera, its small and easy to transport but i was really disappointed upon finding that it did not come with a memory card."
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"Highly recommend small easy to use camera"
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"It is small and easy to use."
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"Small, light weight and takes great pic movie s"
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"Small, fairly light, and takes great pictures AND video!"
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"This camera takes good pictures for a small, inexpensive camera."
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Speed

Speed:
"When turning the camera on, it is fairly slow...almost cell phone camera slow."
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"The power on time is excellent but the time between shots can take several seconds- not great for fast moving objects animals people."
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"The shutter speed is terrible! "
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"Pretty all the pictures seem over exposed and the software for my computer is VERY Slow and hard to work with."
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"The only disadvantage for me, there is no manual control of shutter speed and F-stop."
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"Other than the shutter speed is to slow sometimes it takes great pictures."
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"It's easy to use, very fast, and I think the thing I'm most excited about is how clear pictures without the flash on turn out."
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"Nice camera, but slow to respond to shutter pressure."
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"If you want fast picture-to-picture time or better low light performance, you will most likely have to spend more than you will spend on this camera.+ fast power on+ decent battery+ can record HD video- suffers in low light (blurry, noise)- can take a noticeable amount of time to write picture to SD card"
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Video

Video:
"Whenever I made videos the playback had a weird growling noise in the background."
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"Sound on movies not as good as on the Canon A470.Really wish the A470 had not failed."
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"The only drawback is that there is not an HD port so as to view the HD video (OR the photos) on an HD TV."
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"One problem I'm having is finding out how to lighten at night when shooting video outside in dark."
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"Takes good pics and records HD movies.....only one problem, HD movie mode DOES NOT HAVE Optical Zoom."
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"Other than that, it's a good purse camera for travel, and you can video."
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"I would recommend this camera if you like blurry videos and blurry cellphone pictures."
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"Shoots wonderful video but I mostly use the camera."
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"REALLY like this camera--takes very clear, balanced photos, lots of nice features (including movies and zoom), easy to download photos to computer with cable attachment (can use downloadable software from Canon, together with iPhoto), nice-looking and sturdy (I dropped mine, with no ill-effects)."
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"Small, light weight and takes great pic movie s"
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I figured that this being another canon P&S, but with double the megapixels and over double the zoom capability it has to be better but I was completely wrong."
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"We bought these cameras for warehouse employees, however they only last a month or less because any slight knock while the lens is out and it damages the flawed zoom mechanism."
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"It takes great pictures without being bulky, is easy to use and the zoom feature is great."
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"I think the camera is great except for one thing, it's hard to zoom in or out."
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"Takes good pics and records HD movies.....only one problem, HD movie mode DOES NOT HAVE Optical Zoom."
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"Granted this can go wider and zoom in further, the SD1100IS takes pictures that are more clear and the color is MUCH more accurate."
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"REALLY like this camera--takes very clear, balanced photos, lots of nice features (including movies and zoom), easy to download photos to computer with cable attachment (can use downloadable software from Canon, together with iPhoto), nice-looking and sturdy (I dropped mine, with no ill-effects)."
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"Love this camera - wonderful pictures with a simple point and shoot - excellent features for different lighting and the zoom is super."
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"It's pretty good for a $100 point and shoot with optical stabilization and 8x zoom, but pictures in anything but ideal lighting tend to be noisy."
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"There were nice features, such as an 8X optical zoom, and a small size, for a decent price."
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