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Canon PowerShot SD780IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Black)... by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Canon PowerShot SD780IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Black)...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 879 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 3.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Anywhere5.0   average
Fit5.0   above average
Resolution5.0   above average
Value5.0   average
Weight5.0   above average
Charging4.8   exceptional
Manual4.8   exceptional
Portable4.8   average
Performance4.7   above average
Simple4.7   average
Battery4.3   above average
Color4.3   average
Image4.3   average
Photo4.3   average
Quality4.3   average
Size4.3   average
Video4.3   average
Price4.2   below average
Light3.9   average
Packaging3.7   below average
Focus3.6   above average
Amazon3.5   below average
Control3.5   below average
Indoor3.5   average
Zoom3.4   below average
Display3.0   below average
Pixels2.9   below average
Audio2.8   below average
Shutter2.6   below average
Power2.5   below average
Noise2.4   below average
Button2.3   below average
Lens2.1   mediocre


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Amazon

Amazon:
"My only problem was with the Amazon website."
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"Amazon took forever to deliver, and I was very upset about it."
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"I am very disappointed with the way Amazon offers a bonus SD card for this purchase (and others too)."
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"camera great, wife loves it, problem amazon said card was includes, it wasn't..amazon is imposable to contact,...easier to go out and buy a card"
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"I got the silver colour as the black did not seem impressive in the Amazon online product gallery (but i later saw a review from one of the user that black is indeed beautiful)."
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"I purchased an extra battery as recommended by Amazon; however, Amazon failed to recommend a Flash Memory Card be purchased (which IS NOT included with the camera) or recommend a camera case be purchased (not included with the camera) in order to protect the camera if carried in a purse or satchel or luggage."
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"I bought it on sale, and after seeing the price here on amazon, it actually made me love it a little more, knowing it's still selling at full cost even after there have been multiple new models."
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"(Recently bought my teenage daughter this one from Amazon, also at a great price: Canon PowerShot SD1300IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue) Will certainly do a review on that once it survives her crazy, busy summer.)"
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"Reviews of that nature are easily accessible both on Amazon."
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"The only thing I wish was that the Amazon listing made it clear that the camera did not come with a memory card and, thus, the camera was not ready to take photos when I received it."
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"What's the greatest thing about shopping at amazon?"
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Anywhere

Anywhere:
"WISH I HAD ALL THESE FEATURES ON MY OLD 35mm SLR CAMERAS, THIS CAMERA IS GREAT TO TAKE ANYWHERE WITHOUT BEING WEIGHTED DOWN, IT RECHARGES VERY EASY TAKES GREAT PICS WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE."
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"Easy to use and you can carry it anywhere!"
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"User friendly, reasonably priced, easy to carry along anywhere."
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"I love the portability of this camera and coupled with it's easy to use functionality, I can carry it anywhere and take amazing pictures with easy."
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"Bought this through Amazon as a present to myself--amazed at the speed of delivery--love that the ship free to anywhere with a purchase over $50.I'm very satisfied and pleased! "
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Audio

Audio:
"Negatives:-Recorded audio has a lot of issues - there's a constant background hum."
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"This one is as I hoped - starts up quickly, is fairly easy to select a picture mode, and durable, with a few downsides:- it doesn't always shoot the picture with the right lighting, even when I have it on the right setting or even auto- similar to this, it takes much better photos of people with light complexions than darker tones, no matter what setting you put it on- the video recorder has terrible audio capabilitiesNext time, I might just spend the extra $50 to get something a little higher end."
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"As for the person who complained about the audio pick up on the video in the camera, I'd say that was either a case of user error or it was a defective unit."
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"The video image quality is truly amazing for something this small, it's the audio that unfortunately lets down an otherwise great little camera."
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"I could import the video in to Adobe Premiere and apply some audio filters to make the humm less obnoxious, but it would severely degrade the audio quality and one should not have to do this anyway."
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"I tried recording video in several different situations and the audio humm made the video unacceptable in every instance."
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"If you don't care about the HD video audio, I would definitely recommend SD600 as a better buy."
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"The video quality is also good except the audio noise."
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"The video image quality is truly amazing for something this small, it's the audio that unfortunately lets down an otherwise great little camera."
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"The picture quality was good, just about what I expected from a point and shoot and the video quality was also decent, but the audio noise humm when recording video was the deal breaker."
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"The video quality is perfect and the audio better than most of what I have seen out there by other non-professionals."
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Battery

Battery:
"one problem the battery died immediatly."
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"We now have two batteries, which helps if we find ourselves with a dead one."
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"-- Fragile (I dropped it and got several scratches, but that is to be expected)-- Battery life is not great."
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"The only drawback is that the battery has to be removed to be recharged, so buy two batteries and keep the extra charged up."
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"Only downside is that it is small, BUT that really saves on battery life."
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"No matter how well charged the battery, the picture would not take quick enough."
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"Over 5000 photos later, the battery is still very good, the camera (holstered in a custom case) looks as good as the day it was purchased and the photo quality in a variety or professional setting is commonly mistaken for photos taken by my son's frame 7."
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"Battery life is still good after all this time."
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"Video isn't too bad and the battery life is pretty amazing."
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"For fun and battery saving, I like to turn off the LCD and shoot images through the eyehole (or whatever it is called, haha)."
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"The camera+8gb card is more than enough for a week of leisurely picture taking or a day of intense video still shooting... mostly limited by the battery (300 pictures + -50 depending on the flash).They have some cheap aftermarket batteries for $5-10 that will give you a nice additional battery boost if you take a lot of pictures."
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Button

Button:
"-Buttons are hard to identify and press without looking at them because they are too tiny and flush with the surface."
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"Some have complained about the sort of flat design of the buttons, claiming that it's difficult to press them, when so small and flush with the camera's back surface."
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"Canon Camera is not user friendly with all the different menus and if you accidentally pressed the wrong button by the time you figured out how to correct it the shot was gone."
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"Cons: Small buttons don't work well with big fingers, controls can be a little confusing if not used to Canon."
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"Then I pushed the off button and got a lens error, turn it off message."
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"The only complaint I have is the power button is hard to use because it is so little."
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"On the other hand, my sister takes a very good care of the camera, but her zoom in and out button got stuck after 2 years of infrequent use."
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"She has small hands but she still felt the buttons were too small to easily use."
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"My one negative about this camera and you are going to get this pretty much with any p&s is the delay between when you click the button and when the photo is taken."
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"It's small design is great, and I love when someone snatches the camera out of my hand to review a photo, they can easily see the playback button and I don't have to show them where it is (you KNOW that happens all the time!"
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"The zoom, located on the shutter button, is much easier to use than the position on my last camera."
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Charging

Charging:
"Just add the USB charging feature like a normal person, problem freaking solved!"
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"-- Batter charger compact, easy to use."
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"Amazon did rebate the cost of one camera, but the double mailing charge remained until the retailer removed the charge, which I greatly appreciate."
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"Pros: small tough great photos great HD video (zooming while in video mode) good flash easy battery charging, via wall charger good battery life good options and functions Cons: weak zoom strength a little pricey"
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"The battery holds a charge a long time, and the features are easy to use."
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Color

Color:
"I purchased this camera for myself as a Christmas present and could not be happier - I love the features (color accent, settings for different scenes)and it makes great videos."
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"Even after setting the colors, it looks crappy."
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"The quality of the pictures (fuzzy, weak color) was certainly not impressive."
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"All the pictures were soft and grainy, the auto flash never seemed to come on when it needed to (and you can't force it on in auto mode), the focus was inconsistent, and the color often had an orange hue and was oversaturated."
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"I returned the SD780 and tried the Panasonic Lumix ZS1 (which did not produce nice color), Canon Powershot AS1100 (which took terrible low light shots), and finally went back to Fuji to purchase an F70EXR."
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"I don't like the color, black, makes features on the camera hard to read."
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"Love the color as we'll! "
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"Pretty color which helps see it if it's in the bottom of ones purse or among other contents."
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"It was very light, and the red color was beautiful."
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"I still use it and the pictures are crisp and clear, as well as the colors being vibrant!"
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"The colors that is captures are quite impressive."
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Control

Control:
"Cons: Small buttons don't work well with big fingers, controls can be a little confusing if not used to Canon."
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"After the initial disappointment faded, and I realized quality control is pretty much dead everywhere, I decided to keep the Canon, just for the quick point and shoot convenience."
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"This could be a quality control problem, or poor handling between wherever and here, and concerns only the unit I got."
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"What I hate the most about it, is that I have no control in the automatic mode."
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"I've been using this thing almost daily for the past month and the controls still have me confused."
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"On the downside, the lack of manual controls is a complete waste."
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"Furthermore, if you get CHDK (the Canon Hack Development Kit), you're given a large set of other functions, including an intervalometer, ISO, focus, and exposure bracketing, control of the ND-filter (which seems to have something to do with aperture), as well as (with scripting) a host of more advanced functions."
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"The manual controls may be good, i have no idea, i dont know how to use it."
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"I'd appreciate a little more control over the focus feature with auto-macro recognition."
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"After the initial disappointment faded, and I realized quality control is pretty much dead everywhere, I decided to keep the Canon, just for the quick point and shoot convenience."
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"The size grew on me (if you will excuse the pun) and although the power button is smaller than I would prefer, the rest of the controls can be manipulated comfortably."
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Design

Design:
"Some have complained about the sort of flat design of the buttons, claiming that it's difficult to press them, when so small and flush with the camera's back surface."
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"You do not read about the same issue with other cameras and so in my view it is not about how they are treated, it would seem more like a fault in the design."
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"I had returned the first camera, thinking that it was a fluke with the individual camera, but now I see that this fatal problem is a design flaw that is present in every Canon camera of this model."
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"Beware though of buying the case that is designed for this camera."
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"Canon actually takes time to design a good quality camera instead of focusing on having the highest specs."
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"It's small design is great, and I love when someone snatches the camera out of my hand to review a photo, they can easily see the playback button and I don't have to show them where it is (you KNOW that happens all the time!"
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"Design Quality - Up to the buyer but I love the slick, smooth, & rounded design."
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"It takes great pictures and amazing HD videos in a beautifully designed enclosure."
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Display

Display:
"You need a real viewfinder if you ever use your camera in bright sunlight as you won't be able to see the display well enough to shoot buy it."
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"I have purchased Canon Elphs for years and this is hands down the best...I broke the display after 6 months and replacing it with a new one...wonderful camera...you will take it everywhere...and it shoots little HD videos...check it out: [...]"
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"I love it...was worried about the smaller 2.5 display (last Canon had 3 display), but barely notice the difference."
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"Being in my 50's, the size of the print on the camera itself is a bit hard to read HOWEVER, the lcd display offers an extremely easy to read set of controls menus."
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"My minor complaints would be the display quality(noisy),audio quality, and only 3x optical zoom."
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"The price was superb as well, the display large and crisp."
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"Display - This display is beautiful & colors are crazy vivid."
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"I have purchased Canon Elphs for years and this is hands down the best...I broke the display after 6 months and replacing it with a new one...wonderful camera...you will take it everywhere...and it shoots little HD videos...check it out: [...]"
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"I love it...was worried about the smaller 2.5 display (last Canon had 3 display), but barely notice the difference."
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Fit

Fit:
"fits in your pocket or purse easily...Takes great photosVery user friendly"
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"Easy to use, takes GREAT pictures, and fits right in your pocket."
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"Small so it fits in your purse; easy to use so you'll use it often, and the quality of the photos is remarkable!"
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"I especially like the very small size and that it easily fits into my pocket."
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"This camera is small enough to easily fit into a shirt pocket."
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Flash

Flash:
"I bought this Camera because of it's size, and the wonderful Reviews, it is so small, it fits anywhere, my sister liked it so much I got one for her Birthday as well, hers is Deep Red, mine in Silver color, after we had the Cameras for a while and I am always taking pictures , we noticed that the shutter speed is too slow, I have to wait for the Camera to do it's thing before I take the next Picture and many times the object is gone, the automatic flash is not reliable enough, a lot of the pictures are too dark or out of focus, my sister doesn't want to use it anymore, and I feel the same way."
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"-- Automatic flash is not always reliable, so figure out when to use a flash or not."
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"Plain and simple the flash on my camera broke and the zoom is extremely HORRIBLE."
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"I get irritated at people who won't turn off their flash, then complain when highlights are blown."
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"The pictures came out grainy, even with flash - which was disappointing."
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"i do not see compromise on quality,lag(flash)."
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"The camera+8gb card is more than enough for a week of leisurely picture taking or a day of intense video still shooting... mostly limited by the battery (300 pictures + -50 depending on the flash).They have some cheap aftermarket batteries for $5-10 that will give you a nice additional battery boost if you take a lot of pictures."
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"Transcend 16 GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card TS16GSDHC10E Most memory and and adequate class for you price."
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")I just keep it on auto mode, in portrait subjects tend to be washed out by the flash, somehow auto is the best."
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"The flash is brilliant, the very high ISO settings perform beautifully and the color is amazing."
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Focus

Focus:
"The only downside to the video is that I do not believe the focus can be changed while it is recording (I say I do not believe because after 2 years, I am still learning how to fine tune the camera to maximize performance)."
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"The one flaw that makes it near worthless as a point and shoot camera is the terrible auto focus system."
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"I bought this Camera because of it's size, and the wonderful Reviews, it is so small, it fits anywhere, my sister liked it so much I got one for her Birthday as well, hers is Deep Red, mine in Silver color, after we had the Cameras for a while and I am always taking pictures , we noticed that the shutter speed is too slow, I have to wait for the Camera to do it's thing before I take the next Picture and many times the object is gone, the automatic flash is not reliable enough, a lot of the pictures are too dark or out of focus, my sister doesn't want to use it anymore, and I feel the same way."
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"The stabilizing feature, the ability to capture movement (in auto mode), the adaptation to any lighting condition and any focus challenge all amaze me."
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"Sometimes it has problems focusing but mostly image quality is good."
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"All the pictures were soft and grainy, the auto flash never seemed to come on when it needed to (and you can't force it on in auto mode), the focus was inconsistent, and the color often had an orange hue and was oversaturated."
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"Canon actually takes time to design a good quality camera instead of focusing on having the highest specs."
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"It doesn't have a few features that my old one had, like manual focus and being able to adjust the amount of flash, and of course the flip out LCD screen the A630 had (I REALLY wish Canon would include that in more cameras--I LOVED that! )"
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"I'd appreciate a little more control over the focus feature with auto-macro recognition."
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"Comfortably sits in the hand :)Focus speed - Quite quick!"
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"It takes an amazing shot just as long as you allow it to focus correctly."
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Image

Image:
"I use if for work and have taken litterally thousands of pics in some nasty environments and it keeps on working."
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"Naturally I compare it to my DSLR, and obviously it's not as great, as far as image quality and image noise goes, but I love it for personal shots of my family while we're out and about, rather than carrying around my giant full frame dslr."
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"-Image stabilization is practically ineffective useless no matter what setting you choose."
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"Could have been a real disappointment had the camera upchucked on a trip or any other photo immediate moment."
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"Megapixel size should be enough for 8x10's so not sure what problem might be (and, yes, image quality is set to maximum in menu)."
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"But once you learn to stay within it's boundaries, it produces great images."
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"Some of the images captured are stunning - they're sharp, accurate, and have excellent contrast - and some are so-so."
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"great pics! "
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"WISH I HAD ALL THESE FEATURES ON MY OLD 35mm SLR CAMERAS, THIS CAMERA IS GREAT TO TAKE ANYWHERE WITHOUT BEING WEIGHTED DOWN, IT RECHARGES VERY EASY TAKES GREAT PICS WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE."
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"This is the smallest and takes good pics, very easy to use."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"Really stupid and weird presets , very average picture quality, the camera takes terrible pictures indoors on 'Auto' setting."
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"I'm using the Transcend 16GB SDHC Class 6 SD Card that came out around the same time this camera came out so it should be 100% compatible and working properly but like others state the mechanical noise of the camera is unbearable when recording indoors or in quiet places."
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"Even me holding the camera and talking from at the most a foot between the camera and my face, it was hard to hear and understand what i was saying (and this is indoors in a room with no other sound other than the person i am recoding and myself speaking)."
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"My only complaint is that the indoor pictures tend to be a little grainy."
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"You can hear these annoying noises clearly especially when you are in a quiet indoor place."
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"Shutter lag is short, though focus speed indoors isn't all that impressive unless you're close and the illuminator works."
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"Takes nice indoor and low light photos4."
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"The 780's high-ISO setting yields great indoor available-light photos, so why use the flash?"
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"Honestly wide angle is fun for architectural photography like indoor and buildings."
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"Whenever I shoot photos indoors during dinner with my SLR, people are amazed that I do not need to use the flash."
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"For me good picture quality in all modes (outdoor indoor night) stands as the primary reason for choosing a camera."
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Lens

Lens:
"The lens cover was partly crushed and there was a problem retracting and extending the camera lens."
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"The lens opening broke a year later just like one I had earlier."
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"So if you have the lens error issue, don't despair."
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"Well, a week ago I got the dreaded Lens Error message."
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"I spent a small fortune to buy them both and am not happy with the fact that now the lens doesnt want to retract and I am stuck with a useless camera."
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"Well, a week ago I got the dreaded Lens Error message."
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"I bought an inert air duster and shot air around the lens as the Canon service rep in Virginia recommended."
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"I was happy with the features of this Camera, until I started getting a 'Lens Error, restart Camara' error every time i wanted to turn it on, is a shame i paid more than 200dlls for something that does not last."
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"When it was working it was a fantastic camera...but the lens was having difficulty retracting and protruding and the lens wouldnt focus."
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"Now that the lens error has turned up, the love affair is over."
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Light

Light:
"There is some problem with low light shots but what can you expect you are only paying minimal for what you are getting."
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"Not the best in low light, I spose few cameras are."
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"I rated it three stars overall because the camera doesn't function as well as I wanted it too in low light situations (inside a club, at night, dance floor, weird lighting)."
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"My pragmatic daughter insisted on this, since sometimes in bright light the LCD is hard to view."
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"My only real complaints about this thing is the picture quality in low light conditions and the size of the LCD screen."
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"Video does weird blue laser beams on the lights on my chandelier and the big tall parking lot lights outside of strip malls make huge long blue beams, kinda cool, I call it the Jay-Z music video effect, but they could get annoying."
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"awesome, light weight camera, takes great pictures"
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"Light, compact, good quality pictures"
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"Low light, bright light, action shots no problem."
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"Takes decent shots in bright sunny light, but anything darker than that, even using various different settings, pictures are dark and poor quality."
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"Takes very good pictures and it is light."
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Manual

Manual:
"On the downside, the lack of manual controls is a complete waste."
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"The camera takes fantastic photos and has a good amount of manual options for a point and shoot."
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"The manual controls may be good, i have no idea, i dont know how to use it."
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"-- There are a lot of confusing menus, but I never bothered to read the instruction manual, but I managed to figure out pretty much everything I need regardless."
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"you can play around in the manual setting as well which add flavor to your clicks."
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"It doesn't have a few features that my old one had, like manual focus and being able to adjust the amount of flash, and of course the flip out LCD screen the A630 had (I REALLY wish Canon would include that in more cameras--I LOVED that! )"
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Menu

Menu:
"Canon Camera is not user friendly with all the different menus and if you accidentally pressed the wrong button by the time you figured out how to correct it the shot was gone."
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"-- There are a lot of confusing menus, but I never bothered to read the instruction manual, but I managed to figure out pretty much everything I need regardless."
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")1. beautiful, sleek body that stirs up complements EVERY single time i take it out; however...--buttons may seem a little small for big handed guys (i'm a girl w small hands, and even sometimes the power button is a little annoying)--actual menu buttons, however, seem very easy to maneuver2."
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"The picture quality is great and the menu navigation is easy and straight forward."
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"Menu system is great."
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"The functions and menu options are easy to access but a little limited if you are a pro photographer and want more options."
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"It doesn't feature the gimmicks of other cameras, but it's very well designed and menus are easy to navigate."
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"I got this camera for my daughter who put her SD900 through the riggers of 4 years of college....it finally gave up...This is a fine replacement smaller and now has HD video........another good point isCanon has kept the same ...very good.... menu to set up the camera.......She really like the size...thinner than most and a fine picture....and the price from the Amazon Holiday period was $50 cheaper than anyone else....$149.00"
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Noise

Noise:
"Naturally I compare it to my DSLR, and obviously it's not as great, as far as image quality and image noise goes, but I love it for personal shots of my family while we're out and about, rather than carrying around my giant full frame dslr."
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"Oddly, the major complaint about this camera was the HD recording and the background video noise it produces."
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"Audio quality is Mono 44 kHz, Stereo would have been ideal for 720p HD and might of fixed that annoying noise issue."
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"I'm using the Transcend 16GB SDHC Class 6 SD Card that came out around the same time this camera came out so it should be 100% compatible and working properly but like others state the mechanical noise of the camera is unbearable when recording indoors or in quiet places."
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"Digital noise is horrible at any ISO setting but 80."
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"You can hear these annoying noises clearly especially when you are in a quiet indoor place."
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"The video quality is also good except the audio noise."
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"The picture quality was good, just about what I expected from a point and shoot and the video quality was also decent, but the audio noise humm when recording video was the deal breaker."
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"The audible mechanical noise is still there also but doesn't seem as bad as the silver one,recording with my car stereo on the music came out good and drowned out any of that noise."
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"For people who can deal with some noise here and there, its totally perfect."
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"To be honest, the noise all the way up to 800 is actually pretty good."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Camera was advertised as new but arrived in a packaging that was open and damaged."
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"I was very disappointed to not find my free SD card in the package sent to me."
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"I have been using it a lot everyday since January 2010...When I first received the package I opened the box and when I saw this camera I was disappointed--it was so small not what I hoped."
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"The defects it suffers are shared in common with all cameras of this size to some extent; as technology improves, more of these will be mitigated, but for the time being the convenience and fun being offered in this tiny package would be hard to beat at twice the price."
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"The package was all beautiful, except UPS was retarded and delivered my $125 package to the next door neighbor."
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"When I purchased this item, and as of today May 4, 2010, there is an offer on this page to receive a free A-DATA 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card ASDH4GCL6AP [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging] with purchase of the camera."
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"This takes great pictures and video in such a small package."
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"As the saying goes--good things come in small packages--I say awesome things come in small packages when it comes to this small camera--don't let the size deceive you."
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Performance

Performance:
"Combined with the relatively slow lens it's night performance isn't quite as good as some of it's rivals, but is still adequate quality for casual shooting."
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"I bought the Canon PowerShot SD780IS camera and was amazed at its performance, for Canon's smallest camera."
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"The flash is brilliant, the very high ISO settings perform beautifully and the color is amazing."
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"Yes, I love that it's the tiniest camera they offer, but the performance is almost professional at times."
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"But judging by its excellent performance, I am very happy with it."
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"The performance, battery life is excellent and the picture quality is outstanding."
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Photo

Photo:
"We plan on upgrading to a larger phone in the future, but for the quick and dirty photos this works great."
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"But the quality of photos is terrible."
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"I used to have SD600 630 series and the photos would come out just beautiful, so it cant be me that's taking crappy photos."
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"The weight of this camera for it's size is impressive - feels and looks very well made; at the same time, I was a bit skeptical of such a small camera not only taking good photos but being durable."
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"It continues to take great photos, but this was very disappointing."
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"I enjoy doing Macro photos with plants."
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"It's small, it still works as if new, and it takes good photos."
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"Nice photos and easy to use"
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"However, the iPhone 4 photos were as good as I hoped and I wanted to find a point and shoot."
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"At first it seemed like a good buy but the more photos I take the less happy I am with it."
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Pixels

Pixels:
"It returned today, they fixed the two problems they caused, but I still have the dead pixel."
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"When I got this camera, I noticed it had a dead pixel on the LCD."
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"The model I got has a dead pixel in the sensor."
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"Current technology is not good enough to pack that many pixels into such a small area without introducing tons of noise."
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"I'm also impressed with how smoothly Canon has integrated digital zoom, so that when taking pictures at lower than maximum resolution, the effective non-interpolated zoom increases from the optical 3x; this is clearly indicated in the process, so that it's not easy to accidentally zoom beyond 1-to-1 pixel capture."
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"It has excellent pixel quality and gives me really clear pictures."
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"I sent it in to Canon, they sent it back not only with the dead pixel unrepaired, but they left dust between the protective screen film cover and the LCD."
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"Plenty of image size to work with, and image quality is excellent for the pixel density."
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"Crystal clear and high pixel pics can be enlarged while maintaining picture quality."
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"If they took this same camera, lowered the sensor to 6 megapixel, and then had you compare the output of 6 and 12, you would be amazed at how much better the lower pixel count looked."
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Portable

Portable:
"If I had an complaints it would be how small the power button is but like I said this is a very portable but powerful camera."
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"I would reccomend this to anyone who is looking for a very portable, rough camera that takes pretty good pictures."
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"The camera is very portable, very sleek, and great build quality."
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"It is so portable and people are shocked at the quality of the video's I am able to take with it."
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"It's very portable, great image quality, very easy to use and very well built."
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"Takes AMAZING pictures, easy to use and very portable!"
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Power

Power:
"The only complaint I have is the power button is hard to use because it is so little."
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"The problem is most men have larger fingers and it is hard for him to power on the camera and navigate with the buttons on it."
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"If I had an complaints it would be how small the power button is but like I said this is a very portable but powerful camera."
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"Also, the flash is fairly weak, probably due to the small size and power limitations."
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"I have seen the most beautiful photos, amenable to the incredible power of processing, be in a crappy jpeg format."
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")1. beautiful, sleek body that stirs up complements EVERY single time i take it out; however...--buttons may seem a little small for big handed guys (i'm a girl w small hands, and even sometimes the power button is a little annoying)--actual menu buttons, however, seem very easy to maneuver2."
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"Bought this to replace my previous Canon power shot that was about 8 years old and a bit outdated (but still worked like a charm)."
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"This would have been my third Canon SD Power Shot camera and the others have been great, but are old and becoming limited."
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"This is my second power shot and is so much more portable with the same good quality shots and ease of use."
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"I have seen the most beautiful photos, amenable to the incredible power of processing, be in a crappy jpeg format."
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"The Canon UI is really easy to use, time to power on and take a shot is very fast, images stabilization works well, shoots HD video, doesn't use that silly proprietary Sony format - it's got everything I need!"
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Price

Price:
"Please save yourself some frustration and your money and buy something else."
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"I'm very disappointed as it wasn't a cheap camera - buyer beware."
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"I am highly dissapointed that I spent so much money on a product that didnt last! "
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"The SD780 IS seemed like it had the right features at the right price, so dismissing a few negative reviews I took the plunge."
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"This one is lighter, but in a cheap way, the buttons don't have a good feel to them - they're flush to the surface so harder to simply feel your way around, they've added steps to do simple things like erase all the pictures, and it's nowhere near as intuitive to switch the picture taking settings."
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"This new Elph is a lot cheaper but the IQ is just like any other cheap cam from any other brand - a huge disappointment for my purpose."
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"Great value for money"
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"Great camera for the price."
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"Very good camera for the money."
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"Good camera for the price I paid."
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"Good quality and price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Naturally I compare it to my DSLR, and obviously it's not as great, as far as image quality and image noise goes, but I love it for personal shots of my family while we're out and about, rather than carrying around my giant full frame dslr."
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"But the quality of photos is terrible."
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"Here's my likes and dislikes about it:Positives:-Good HD video quality outdoors."
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"Megapixel size should be enough for 8x10's so not sure what problem might be (and, yes, image quality is set to maximum in menu)."
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"Really stupid and weird presets , very average picture quality, the camera takes terrible pictures indoors on 'Auto' setting."
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"I received this camera for Christmas as an upgrade to my SD880is and loved the compact size and image quality (although not quite as good in my opinion compared to the SD880is but the compact size compensated for the lesser quality).Then I started sporadically getting the lens error that others have mentioned."
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"Phenomenal clarity and quality, but dropped it in the muck once too often."
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"amazing quality"
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"A tiny camera with excellent quality and an amazing feature set."
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"A++++ Super fast shipping and great quality product! "
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"Light, compact, good quality pictures"
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Resolution

Resolution:
"My main criteria were 1) it had to be VERY small; 2) it needed to take great still shots with high resolution; 3) I wanted HD video.1 This camera, is, indeed, VERY small."
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"Without editing, or with very simple cropping and retouching, this camera delivers high-quality photos, even set at medium resolution."
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"Also, resolution could be better at a distance, oddly enough, though the Macro function provides great resolution up close."
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"It's small, easy to handle, looks cool, takes great pictures, has resolution good enough for 8x10 prints."
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"It is amaising that such an small cammera can have such a great resolution."
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Service

Service:
"Canon service is not very good at helping to fix the problem."
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"I think it is the worst customer service I have ever dealt with."
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"The bottom line is Canon is a horrible company when it comes to repair service, if you get a defective LCD like I did, you are going to have to deal with it, because they will lie to you about trying to repair and do nothing."
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"Had problems with a previous 4 year old camera and their service was immediate."
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"I bought an inert air duster and shot air around the lens as the Canon service rep in Virginia recommended."
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"Excellent service all the way around."
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"*****Update - Canon fixed for free - one week, great service"
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"Customer service like this is what builds great companies."
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"Pretty amazing customer service policy if you asked me."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"Lots of lighting problems, as well as shutter problems on the auto feature."
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"The long shutter lag-time (the time it takes from when you push the shutter button till when the picture is actually taken) frustrated me on my old point-and-shoot but this camera's shutter lag is very short."
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"The shutter lag is also a little frustrating, esp."
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"I upgraded from a Sony DSC-P8, which took pretty good daytime pictures but horrible low light shots and the shutter lag was ridiculously long."
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"The shutter lag problem is the big deal breaker here."
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"One drawback I've found is the shutter speed - even in continuous mode."
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"Great shutter speed, and picture quality."
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"In which case, I suggest a 32gb card as they are now pretty cheap (2012).My only gripe is with the shutter speed."
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"The zoom, located on the shutter button, is much easier to use than the position on my last camera."
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"Shutter lag is great also - we have three kids under 10 and that's always been a key feature for me."
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"Lots of lighting problems, as well as shutter problems on the auto feature."
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Simple

Simple:
"Plain and simple the flash on my camera broke and the zoom is extremely HORRIBLE."
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"Without editing, or with very simple cropping and retouching, this camera delivers high-quality photos, even set at medium resolution."
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"I wanted to buy a small camera for the wife and it needed to be simple but good quality."
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"I've had this camera for about a year and I love it, its so simple and easy to use."
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"If someone can explain how I can get the ease of use, simple, clear, great photos I am accustomed to - please let me know! "
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"Great camera for simple point and shoot especially for the price."
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Size

Size:
"My only complaint is that it is a little small for large hands (husband)."
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"If there is a downside to the camera, it is the size."
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"I spent a small fortune to buy them both and am not happy with the fact that now the lens doesnt want to retract and I am stuck with a useless camera."
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"Megapixel size should be enough for 8x10's so not sure what problem might be (and, yes, image quality is set to maximum in menu)."
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"The weight of this camera for it's size is impressive - feels and looks very well made; at the same time, I was a bit skeptical of such a small camera not only taking good photos but being durable."
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"I received this camera for Christmas as an upgrade to my SD880is and loved the compact size and image quality (although not quite as good in my opinion compared to the SD880is but the compact size compensated for the lesser quality).Then I started sporadically getting the lens error that others have mentioned."
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"perfect size."
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"It's small, it still works as if new, and it takes good photos."
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"nice size good pictures"
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"One of the best pocket size cameras out there."
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"This camera is amazing for its size."
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Sound

Sound:
"The video is pretty dang good, but the sound recorder isn't good."
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"Sound- cannot use HD video so much, because microphone is too small and unable to capture sound clearly."
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"HORRIBLE Sound."
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"People always ask me what camera I use because the sound video is good."
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"So compact and the pics & videos are very clear even the sound."
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"The battery life is good, but sounds like there are longer lasting cameras out there."
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"The video is really good underwater and with the case on you can still here sounds, for instance little lobsters trying to crawl away sqeaking."
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"The sound works great (it seems like I'd seen bad reviews about that, but I haven't noticed any problems at all)."
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Value

Value:
"Great value for money"
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"I ordered the same one again because I find this camera to be one of the best in the market for it's value."
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"The SD780is is an excellent value that I would recommend to anyone looking for a small lightweight camera that still takes nice photos."
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"However, I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone looking for a good quality camera and a good value for the money."
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"This camera is an amazing value for the money."
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Video

Video:
"It shares a common caveat with all point & shoot cameras, the video gets grainy in low light."
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"The videos are just as good as I have not touched my very nice Canon camcorder in years."
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"The only downside to the video is that I do not believe the focus can be changed while it is recording (I say I do not believe because after 2 years, I am still learning how to fine tune the camera to maximize performance)."
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"Here's my likes and dislikes about it:Positives:-Good HD video quality outdoors."
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"The other drawback is the lack of zoom when filming video."
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"This one is as I hoped - starts up quickly, is fairly easy to select a picture mode, and durable, with a few downsides:- it doesn't always shoot the picture with the right lighting, even when I have it on the right setting or even auto- similar to this, it takes much better photos of people with light complexions than darker tones, no matter what setting you put it on- the video recorder has terrible audio capabilitiesNext time, I might just spend the extra $50 to get something a little higher end."
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"I bought this when it first came out, solid camera, great options & killer video."
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"The macro setting was all blurry, water fall setting was also blurry, the video had major lag on it when I uploaded to pc, mac pretty much on every device I owned."
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"I am no photographer, just someone who likes good quality pictures videos."
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"Even though I had upgraded to a Canon 70D which has 1080P video, the SD780IS is much more compact and easier to carry around."
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"I've used the SD780IS for vacation and sports videos and don't regret it."
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Weight

Weight:
"awesome, light weight camera, takes great pictures"
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"The SD780is is an excellent value that I would recommend to anyone looking for a small lightweight camera that still takes nice photos."
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"This camera is light-weight, easy to use, captures good quality pictures, and its small enough to take with me anywhere."
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"If you are looking for a small, lightweight, & good quality photo, this is your best buy!"
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"it's very small but still has a nice weight to it so it doesn't feel cheap."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The only thing it can't do very well are zoom in on distant objects."
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"The other drawback is the lack of zoom when filming video."
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"One problem I found (for me) is when zoomed out fully and then you later want to print a 8X10, the finer details will be pixelated but not noticeable with 4x6 prints."
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"Pros: small tough great photos great HD video (zooming while in video mode) good flash easy battery charging, via wall charger good battery life good options and functions Cons: weak zoom strength a little pricey"
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"& thus my first reviewHD video option is no doubt needs a extra review - AmazingNB Only drawback is the camera doesn't take as good picture in zoom mode."
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"Well, it's now July and my camera's zoom no longer works and the error message comes up Lens Error, Restart Camera."
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"On the other hand, my sister takes a very good care of the camera, but her zoom in and out button got stuck after 2 years of infrequent use."
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"I wish it had a greater zoom but it takes really good action and still photos."
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"I've taken pictures alongside someone with an SLR and for your basic pictures (good lighting, no zoom needed), the image quality was just as good."
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"Enjoyed using it until the zoom would not operate any longer which produced poor, blurry pictures."
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"The zoom, located on the shutter button, is much easier to use than the position on my last camera."
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