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Canon Powershot A1000IS 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Grey) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Canon Powershot A1000IS 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Grey)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 319 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 3.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Setting5.0   above average
Size4.9   above average
Photo4.6   above average
Price4.6   average
Quality4.6   above average
Viewfinder4.6   exceptional
Zoom4.6   above average
Image4.3   average
Video4.3   average
Manual4.1   above average
Screen4.0   above average
Battery3.3   average
Light3.1   below average
Focus2.9   average
Flash2.5   below average
Lens1.3   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"Horrible battery life."
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"Now, the batteries are dead within 48 hours of installation, with minimal pictures taken and no flash used."
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"Also, the battery door is plastic and mine broke at a point where one of the retaining tabs engages is, causing the door to not fully close."
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"Like most other A1000IS users, I too am experiencing a terrible battery life problem."
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"The battery life is absolutely horrible."
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"Best features:AA batteries (a lifesaver when electricity is unavailable or you forgot to charge the batteries fully)Optical viewfinder (great for poor lighting environments or to save battery life by turning the LCD off)Manual settings"
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"Easy to use, but wished it had a battery meter."
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"For his needs the size is right, battery operated, and very easy to use."
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"I hate buying gifts for other people, but it has been a good camera, I have to admit : ) Main reason we got it was because it uses the internationally available AA-size batteries, so it seemed good for traveling."
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"This camera would be good in a post-apocalyptic world that has no electricity but where batteries can be bartered for precious drinking water."
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"A local camera shop replaced the battery door for about $30 and it's good as new."
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Button

Button:
"It's hard to hold the button forward and push to the right at the same time, so I usually have to work at it a few times before I can get it open."
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"It does take good pictures however, after one figures out which buttons to use."
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"Buttons and menu are fairly easy to get used to."
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"Buttons - The buttons are not backlit so it can be hard to see in the dark."
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"We bought this camera because of the easy button setting."
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Color

Color:
"The focus wasn't too great (even with the image stabilization feature) and the colors were not as vivid as a Panasonic that we had before."
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"Pictures are sharp, bright color and excellent contrast."
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"The good -1 Sharp pictures2 Colors are spot on3 Special settings for most any conditions4 The controls are reasonably intuitive5 Nice size."
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"In low light (with high ISO) I notice much less noise than with my previous camera, and the colors are phenomenal especially when the vivid color balance is employed."
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"I bought purple... love the color."
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Compact

Compact:
"It takes very nice pictures and is a perfect compact size."
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"Good quality photos and fairly compact size."
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"As that type of camera goes it works very well, is compact and very functional."
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"Its a small, compact, canon, which takes great pictures way above its price point."
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"My Wife opted for this over the Panasonic Limix, as it was compact and could fit easily in her purse."
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Fit

Fit:
"Fits in my pocket easily and the pictures are large enough to zoom in very close when editing."
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"This fit the bill nicely."
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"It is very pocketable (easily fits in the hip pockets of my jeans) and durable (I dropped it on the ground numerous times)."
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"It can easily fit in a front pocket unless you have tight pants and small pockets."
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"It fits well in my hand though, and I think I have average sized hands."
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Flash

Flash:
"Of course, while it's flash is recharging, you are missing shots."
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"When on auto, the camera does an ok job but I find that the photos are not as clear in low light, even with the flash."
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"The only complaints I might have are the length of recharge time for the flash and the length of write time for videos to the SD card, but these have more to do with the batteries and SD card than the actual camera."
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"The biggest complaint I have is that the flash recharge seems really slow."
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"The exposures and flash performance weren't great either."
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"Taking indoor shots in a large room, the flash is inadequate, about 5 Ft is max."
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"The picture quality is good, the flash works well, and the camera is using a 4 GB SDHC class 6 memory card beautifully."
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"Well, this camera has taken up to 14 seconds to RECHARGE the flash after we take a picture."
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"It has built in red eye removal of the finished picture, great self timer feature and good continuous shooting mode which works great if your not using the flash."
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"The 4X optical zoom may not give as much range as some photographers need and the effective flash distance is limited."
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"I found this camera to take clear pictures, great flash when in low light conditions."
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Focus

Focus:
"Biggest problem is the focus."
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"The focus wasn't too great (even with the image stabilization feature) and the colors were not as vivid as a Panasonic that we had before."
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"Basically it has the same features as previous A series cameras, BUT it's missing manual focus and manual aperture controls (they are automatic only)."
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"If it even did something as simple as focusing at infinity when it couldn't get a good lock, it would be useable."
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"I was disappointed that I couldn't manually focus as I could do with the Canon a510 that I purchased 3 1 2 years ago."
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"perfect focus up to 3ft."
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"I would generally recommend this product for a person who does not want a HD immediately but still wants a good camera with good picture quality and auto focus"
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"Excellent focus."
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"Does a great job finding faces and managing focus.4."
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"The camera is small enough to fit in a small case or pocket or pocketbook.....I've owned the camera for almost a year now...I still miss being able to manual focus as I could with the a510."
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Image

Image:
"The focus wasn't too great (even with the image stabilization feature) and the colors were not as vivid as a Panasonic that we had before."
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"It's my first more professional, yet amateur camera, and I'm completely satisfied :)The only disadvantage is that if you want to take a photo of yourself, you can't see the LCD screen to see where you're aiming."
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"I bought the Powershot on the basis of a couple different camera comparison sites which rated it technically very highly, and because it is one of the few cameras in its class with a separate viewfinder, which is very useful when shooting in low light or very bright light when it's hard to see the image on the screen."
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"When you go over 800 ISO (what we used to call ASA), the image quality is badly degraded; 400 is probably the sweet spot."
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"But the worst part about this camera without question is the image quality."
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"It could just be JPEG compression noise on every freaking image, which I find disappointing."
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"great pics! "
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"While it gets the shot, there is quite a lot of blurr, since the little guys move so fast and when trying to get photos of birds at my feeder, I just about have to be on top of the subjects to get a clear photo."
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"The technical quality of the images is usually good, but I prefer being able to make my own settings with f-stops, shutter speed and focus."
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"Excellent image quality...optical image stabilizer works great!"
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Lens

Lens:
"I find it odd that my two other cameras with loads of mechanical stuff going on inside and they still work but a camera with nothing in the way of mechanical parts except the lens failed."
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"Un-repairable lens error 18 months after purchase."
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"I had my camera for about 3 months when periodically it would display lens error and would not work at all."
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"Stopped working with lens error - was well maintained and not abused in any way."
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"However, in three weeks time she got the dreaded lens error message and the lens wouldn't completely retract."
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"Stopped working with lens error - was well maintained and not abused in any way."
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"A lot of good reviews, but noticed the lens error mania."
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"Barring a premature lens problem, the camera seems great."
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"My last camera, a fuji failed with a lens error as well."
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"The 10 Megapixel capability is well correlated with lens performance and does make a difference in pictures of large groups."
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Light

Light:
"When on auto, the camera does an ok job but I find that the photos are not as clear in low light, even with the flash."
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"The video function does not preform well indoors with little light ( you can see the picture but the image noise is bad )Over all the camera preformed better than I would have expected so I think that this is a great camera for the money."
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"I bought the Powershot on the basis of a couple different camera comparison sites which rated it technically very highly, and because it is one of the few cameras in its class with a separate viewfinder, which is very useful when shooting in low light or very bright light when it's hard to see the image on the screen."
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"the only problem I have with this product is the orange light on the front of the camera facing the subject."
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"The red eye is much more prevalent on the A1000 than the A40 and low light is a problem with or without the flash."
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"Inexpensive camera worked great while lasted- light use about 250 lifetime photos but expensive considering the use I got out of it..."
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"Excellent for outdoors in moderate light."
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"So I researched the best camera for indoor and low light settings, and was referred to the Canon Powershot A1000."
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"Since this camera has an optical viewfinder, image stabilization, face recognition and a 10 megapixel sensor an amateur photographer who is using this camera can take superior photographs in good light that will yield sharp 8 1 2 X 11 prints."
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"Light weight, great resolution and easy to handle."
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Manual

Manual:
"Basically it has the same features as previous A series cameras, BUT it's missing manual focus and manual aperture controls (they are automatic only)."
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"this may be due to user inexperience with this new camera, as I have not thoroughly read the manual instructions."
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"Although the automatic settings work well, I love its manual features and use them frequently to improve the shot."
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"The manual settings are easy to use and show up on the LCD screen, so you do not need to be a professional to adjust the ISO, exposure, etc."
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"If someon eis new to this camera it is good to go over the manual to understand the working otherwise if you had an older version like I had poershot A560, you do not need to read or know much about the working."
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"It is easy to operate after spending some time with the manual."
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"(works great)7 Super-fast start up and next shot capability with an 8GB Class Six SDHC card.8 Uses AA batteries available everywhere9 Good users manual10 Takes better pictures than my girlfriend's Nikon!"
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Memory

Memory:
"(This was #1 priority)The not so good -1 The memory card it comes with is a joke.2 The included download software is just mediocre at best."
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"Compartment doors - The door for the AA battery and memory compartment looks and feels flimsy."
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"The only downsides are the fact that it only comes with a memory card that holds NINE pictures total."
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"Only problem: memory card only holds about 10 photos."
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"A memory card comes with the camera, which is nice, but it has a low capacity, which is not good if you don't think about it before you use it and then run out of memory."
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"The picture quality is good, the flash works well, and the camera is using a 4 GB SDHC class 6 memory card beautifully."
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"All-in-all I am satisfied with the camera (after I went out and bought a larger memory card.)"
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"The camera comes with a very tiny memory supplied SD card which is only good for a few pictures."
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"I recommend buying another memory card with a greater capacity at the same time as you buy the camera."
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"It's good enough to record the memories."
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Photo

Photo:
"When on auto, the camera does an ok job but I find that the photos are not as clear in low light, even with the flash."
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"Only problem: memory card only holds about 10 photos."
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"After shooting, perhaps, 400 photos at 10mp the lens error occurred and the carmera became unusable."
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"Oh, and it's hard to delete a group of photos even WITH the software - you have to go one at a time through the camera's interface, or delete all."
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"I use it all the time, has features where you can edit your photos after taking them and easy to use, I take it everywhere and recommend buying it."
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"It is able to communicate with my computer and upload or delete photos."
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"It gave me a year full of great travel photos, and now I use it to take pictures of my nearly 1-year old son."
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"I love taking photos of wild life, mainly humming birds."
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"The Macro setting takes amazing photos."
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Price

Price:
"This latest one was purchased from Amazon through DBRoth who seems to be having a problem refunding my money even though they have received the returned item."
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"For the price you can't beat it and its pretty durable, i slipped on a waterfall and the camera hit a rock which knocked off some pieces- but i was able to put them back on with ease and the camera is fine."
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"On the one hand, I think I expected the drawbacks of this camera, so with that expectation and based on the low price, and the great picture quality, it should probably be 4 stars."
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"Construction of camera seems cheap, very unhappy with overall perfomance, lots of features but not user friendly"
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"This is an excellent camera for the price, but I was a little disappointed about one thing and pleasantly surprised about another thing."
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"great camera for the price."
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"Great camera for the price!"
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"Very Good Camera for the price, small enough to carry in my purse when we don't want to take the big camera."
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"The quality of pictures is very good for such an affordable camera; I am not a photography aficionado but people comment all the time on what great pictures I have."
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"Inexpensive camera worked great while lasted- light use about 250 lifetime photos but expensive considering the use I got out of it..."
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Quality

Quality:
"I'm extremely disappointed in canon for making such a bad quality camera."
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"Picture quality is not outstanding but more than adequate."
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"Keepin it short since its early..but you wont regret buying this camera..nothing but good quality for a great price."
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"The pictures are very high quality for the camera's size - never before have I taken such accurate nighttime shots."
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"When you go over 800 ISO (what we used to call ASA), the image quality is badly degraded; 400 is probably the sweet spot."
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"TAKES A QUALITY PICTURE , SMALL SIZE , GREAT TO CARRY WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM ."
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"The picture quality can be pretty good, it really helps to use the P setting and program it yourself."
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"My sister had been bugging me and my parents for a camera of her own and since I was going to school for photography they decided to let me find a camera for her since i had picked out one for my mom that she loves and even though my brat of a sister doesn't use this as much as I feel she should (that's just the photographer in me) every time she does she loves the quality and how easy it is to use."
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"The quality of pictures is very good for such an affordable camera; I am not a photography aficionado but people comment all the time on what great pictures I have."
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"Aside from the battery life and view screen issues, the pictures and videos are of excellent quality and it is pretty easy to use even for someone like myself who was used to the old school, film-loading cameras."
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Screen

Screen:
"And the option of the viewfinder is a great enhancement for sunny days when the monitor screen is hard to view through."
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"We had a Kodak Z740 prior to this one and its LCD screen was damaged although we couldn't understand why or how."
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"I bought the Powershot on the basis of a couple different camera comparison sites which rated it technically very highly, and because it is one of the few cameras in its class with a separate viewfinder, which is very useful when shooting in low light or very bright light when it's hard to see the image on the screen."
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"The screen on that camera had become damaged, though it still took good pictures."
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"Aside from the battery life and view screen issues, the pictures and videos are of excellent quality and it is pretty easy to use even for someone like myself who was used to the old school, film-loading cameras."
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"I had no problem with it until the screen went completely black."
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"The manual settings are easy to use and show up on the LCD screen, so you do not need to be a professional to adjust the ISO, exposure, etc."
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"The 2.5 screen is just large enough to satisfy her needs while the viewfinder (although it only renders 78% of the picture) allows me to frame shots in the bright outdoors."
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"I have not seen the pictures on a computer screen yet, but on the preview back screen, the pictures look good, and video also looks good."
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Setting

Setting:
"The picture quality can be pretty good, it really helps to use the P setting and program it yourself."
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"The Macro setting takes amazing photos."
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"The technical quality of the images is usually good, but I prefer being able to make my own settings with f-stops, shutter speed and focus."
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"Although the automatic settings work well, I love its manual features and use them frequently to improve the shot."
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"The manual settings are easy to use and show up on the LCD screen, so you do not need to be a professional to adjust the ISO, exposure, etc."
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Size

Size:
"The pictures are very high quality for the camera's size - never before have I taken such accurate nighttime shots."
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"TAKES A QUALITY PICTURE , SMALL SIZE , GREAT TO CARRY WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM ."
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"For his needs the size is right, battery operated, and very easy to use."
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"Very Good Camera for the price, small enough to carry in my purse when we don't want to take the big camera."
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"I've been using it for a long time, and especially have liked it's size."
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Video

Video:
"The video function does not preform well indoors with little light ( you can see the picture but the image noise is bad )Over all the camera preformed better than I would have expected so I think that this is a great camera for the money."
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"We have a Canon Digital Rebel XT for general photos but it does not have video capabilities and is not pocket friendly."
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"The video quality is almost as good as that one, and the camera is more convenient, so we've found ourselves getting video that we otherwise would have missed by not having the video camera with us."
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"had this one time before and it lasted 4 years of pure hell from me and still worked ...great picture and video from these things would recommend to anyone"
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"Aside from the battery life and view screen issues, the pictures and videos are of excellent quality and it is pretty easy to use even for someone like myself who was used to the old school, film-loading cameras."
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"I have not seen the pictures on a computer screen yet, but on the preview back screen, the pictures look good, and video also looks good."
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"The picture and video quality is great."
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":) I love to film videos as much as I do photos, so I was EXTREMELY amazed and excited when I found out that the video quality was JUST as fantastic as the photo quality!"
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"These are very prominent in the viewfinder, and are quite annoying."
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"Best features:AA batteries (a lifesaver when electricity is unavailable or you forgot to charge the batteries fully)Optical viewfinder (great for poor lighting environments or to save battery life by turning the LCD off)Manual settings"
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"The 2.5 screen is just large enough to satisfy her needs while the viewfinder (although it only renders 78% of the picture) allows me to frame shots in the bright outdoors."
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"And the option of the viewfinder is a great enhancement for sunny days when the monitor screen is hard to view through."
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"LCD screens are nice, but in bright sunlight you need a viewfinder."
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"The viewfinder is pretty good it is useful for battery conservation and sunny days but it doesn't show the entire picture and you can't see the digital zoom (I could with my old camera).The 4x zoom is ok my old camera had 10x zoom but it was huge."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The zoom is grainy and does not come out well, and no matter the ISO, glaring sunlight, and a steady hand, photos are all to apt to come out blurry."
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"Fits in my pocket easily and the pictures are large enough to zoom in very close when editing."
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"This camera was a nice balance of function, zoom, and price."
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"Canon Powershot A1000IS 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Purple) I can't say enough about this wonderful camera."
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"4x Zoom versus the standard 3x is also a good thing."
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"Canon Powershot A1000IS 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Grey)Love this digital camera."
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