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Canon PowerShot S45 4MP Digital Camera w- 3x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Canon PowerShot S45 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 60 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 1.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.7   above average
Size4.5   average
Image4.1   average
Photo4.0   average
Light2.3   mediocre


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Fit

Fit:
"While the camera is small, it doesn't fit comfortably in your pocket."
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"I bought a generic shoulder strap but it wasn't a great fit."
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"Saw lots of complaints in the reviews so I went to Best Buy to fit a couple."
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"I wanted a small compact camera with high resolution and compact flash media II compatible which can fit in your pocket."
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"This small camera fits in a purse or shirt pocket easily and won't get in the way if you're shouldering it in a case (not included)."
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"It fits easily in my pocket, and is easy and quick to open for that first shot."
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"I have been very impressed with it so far - it seems very well built (sturdy), is small enough to fit in my coat pocket, and takes great pictures."
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"Saw lots of complaints in the reviews so I went to Best Buy to fit a couple."
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Image

Image:
"Upon comapring Canon's G2,G3,S230 & S45, S45 provides the best combination between size function pic quality criteria & one can hardly go wrong with any of them."
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"The Canon S45 outdoor pics are spectacular, but I am truely disappointed with the indoor shots."
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"The multicontroller is a bit of a pain sometimes, mine has a slight problem when erasing images."
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"The major downside of the package is the photo editing printing software that comes bundled with the camera."
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"'number', what's more important are the software chips which make the camera provide precise light sensing & focus accuracy as well as flexible tweaks when you want your pics to have optimum result at any given changing shooting environment."
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"The image quality is good with 4mega-pixels."
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"Upon comapring Canon's G2,G3,S230 & S45, S45 provides the best combination between size function pic quality criteria & one can hardly go wrong with any of them."
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"You got photo stitch, a great way to make a 360 picture just about anywhere.3) manual controls, flash control (most digital cameras dont have flash control...but what if flash is too bright for some areas?"
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"As I take pictures of small art objects, light control is top priority and the possibility of connecting the camera to a computer using this software and get a bigger image with all the control options of the camera was really appealing."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"For more information on how digital cameras work go to [...]I have used this camera extensively, mostly in auto mode where I made little adjustments, and I have noticed that the indoor pictures and outdoor night shots are mediocre if not poor."
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"The Canon S45 outdoor pics are spectacular, but I am truely disappointed with the indoor shots."
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"(...) That is why I am so disappointed with the Canon, because under low level light conditions, it doesn't even perform better than a (...) Overall, a big disappointment when indoors."
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"As far as the image quality goes, the outdoor pictures are beautiful as I had high expectations for this camera, BUT the indoor pictures were mediocre and somewhat unsatisfactory."
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"Overall, a big disappointment when indoors."
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"The Canon S45 outdoor pics are spectacular, but I am truely disappointed with the indoor shots."
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"As far as the image quality goes, the outdoor pictures are beautiful as I had high expectations for this camera, BUT the indoor pictures were mediocre and somewhat unsatisfactory."
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"Indoor flash doesn't seem to be a problem."
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Lens

Lens:
"A bit heavier than I would like and I hate the lens cover."
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"It will never match the high quality image of a SLR Lens and SLR Digital camera, but this is the compromise for all compact cameras."
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"I was worried about my choice after reading some of the reviews online about the lens cover that is also used to turn the camera on off."
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"The sliding door that covers the lens (and turns on the camera) seems flimsy and can cause problems."
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"Should have a regular on and off switch and a more reliable lens cover."
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"love it, you got to check it out.8) solid metal case, nice nice nice but do becareful as well9) zoom optical lense is in the center rather than on the far left side like minolta f100 and sony's digital cameras."
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"Canon may have a great history of making good lenses, but the electronics in the Sony outdo this Canon."
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"Software is also good, especially the PhotoStich utility, works without any problems on my Win 98.Cons: Need to handle the lens cover with care, looks sturdy though."
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"The telescoping lens extends and retracts very quickly making it easy to take a picture on a moment's notice - this was a problem with my old camera - it was too slow."
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Light

Light:
"One major thumbs up for this digital camera: no low light problems!"
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"This is particularly important since almost all digital cameras don't do well in low light conditions, including this one."
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"(...) That is why I am so disappointed with the Canon, because under low level light conditions, it doesn't even perform better than a (...) Overall, a big disappointment when indoors."
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"That is why I am so disappointed with the Canon, because under low level light conditions, it doesn't even perform better than a 4 year old Kodak digital camera."
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"My only complaints are that the low light focus capability is poor."
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"On the minus side:1) Decent to weak flash that is better than the S400 but still weak for low light and night photos at greater than 10 feet away.2) Decent to below average battery life... 200 shots on a full charge with LCD on in my experience3) Slide door that protects lens and doubles as power switch worries me in quality a bit.4) Red eye problems with straight flash use but much less so when the red eye reduction is used.5) I wish it had a hot shoe or some other way to add an external flash unit."
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"'number', what's more important are the software chips which make the camera provide precise light sensing & focus accuracy as well as flexible tweaks when you want your pics to have optimum result at any given changing shooting environment."
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"In good light conditions the quality of photos is excellent for a 4 Mpixels camera."
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"It works great for low light shots."
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"One of the great features is the AF lamp, a brief light that goes off before the picture is taken that helps focus the image."
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"It's small enough to be easily held in one hand, and is so light as to be barely noticeable when carried in a small padded bag hung around the neck."
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Manual

Manual:
"The downside of this (if you can call it a downside) is that it made me a little lazy about learning all the manual adjustments and features to customize a shot!"
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"You can put it in complete Idiot Mode (okay, Automatic mode) and let it select your shutter speed and aperture, or you can pick one or the other and let the camera pick the missing one, or you can go full into Manual mode and pick both."
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"Battery life seems great, and once you've read the manual the menu-based controls are fairly easy."
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"You got photo stitch, a great way to make a 360 picture just about anywhere.3) manual controls, flash control (most digital cameras dont have flash control...but what if flash is too bright for some areas?"
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"The S400 will probably suit most users fine, but if you want to have manual control while still retaining a reasonable camera size, the S45 is great."
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"Very very nice image quality, good manual controls, and very sturdy."
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"I'm sure once I'm comfortable with the manual controls the picture quality will be even better."
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Photo

Photo:
"A little confusing at first...as are most digitals, but the photos are great."
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"But most of the photos I've taken of friends and family are absolutely terrible when it comes to red eye."
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"On the minus side:1) Decent to weak flash that is better than the S400 but still weak for low light and night photos at greater than 10 feet away.2) Decent to below average battery life... 200 shots on a full charge with LCD on in my experience3) Slide door that protects lens and doubles as power switch worries me in quality a bit.4) Red eye problems with straight flash use but much less so when the red eye reduction is used.5) I wish it had a hot shoe or some other way to add an external flash unit."
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"A little confusing at first...as are most digitals, but the photos are great."
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"The battery life is good but I usually only take about 50 photos per day when on holiday."
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"This camera is great for people who want to be able to take easy photos in auto mode, but would like to be able to manually chage the aperature."
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"In good light conditions the quality of photos is excellent for a 4 Mpixels camera."
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"On average the quality of photos you can take with this camera is pretty good considering the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Upon comapring Canon's G2,G3,S230 & S45, S45 provides the best combination between size function pic quality criteria & one can hardly go wrong with any of them."
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"On the minus side:1) Decent to weak flash that is better than the S400 but still weak for low light and night photos at greater than 10 feet away.2) Decent to below average battery life... 200 shots on a full charge with LCD on in my experience3) Slide door that protects lens and doubles as power switch worries me in quality a bit.4) Red eye problems with straight flash use but much less so when the red eye reduction is used.5) I wish it had a hot shoe or some other way to add an external flash unit."
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"After over a month experimenting with most of the function settings, have to admit I'm pretty impressed on both built picture quality of the Canon newly improved S45."
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"Great picture quality and relatively easy to get started and use."
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"The image quality is good with 4mega-pixels."
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"The overall picture quality is good."
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"great sound very clear, video quality is good, better than others i have seen.6) customize sound start up screen!"
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Size

Size:
"It seems that Canon is having a bit of a problem cramming so many pixels on such a small sensor, resulting in noisy images."
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"While the camera is small, it doesn't fit comfortably in your pocket."
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"Its size is perfect to carry and not be burdened."
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"The pictures are great, the features are top notch, and the size and weight are within my portability limits (just)."
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"Upon comapring Canon's G2,G3,S230 & S45, S45 provides the best combination between size function pic quality criteria & one can hardly go wrong with any of them."
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"Very high quality, hefty for its small size but it gives a sense of confidence."
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