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I bought this camera three years ago. I'm not too sure how it fares as compared to the newer cameras these days as I am still using this camera and am not looking for a new one! All in all, I feel that this is a good camera for the amateur who wants to do a little more than just point-and-shoot. There are however some sticking points that I will also discuss in this review.
-- SIZE --
One of the selling points of this camera is its small size. Measuring just 20 mm thick, this is really a pocket camera that is very easily portable and light. Because of its small size, it is not surprising that the buttons and screen (2.7 inch LCD screen) are comparatively smaller than other camera models is perfect for someone young that just wants something trendy and small, but perhaps not so good for older people who find that small buttons are harder to maneuver or find it harder to see the details on the screen.
-- PROPERTIES OF THE CAMERA --
This compact camera offers a 4x optical zoom lens with a wide 28 mm setting. This means that you wont won't be able to get as good an optical zoom as most cameras these days, although the camera can offer you a digital zoom of up to 16x (although the image will be very very grainy). The Optical Image Stabilization function of this camera is quite reliable - I find that I can easily snap shots on the go - while walking or on the bus without getting the blurred effect.
You can also shoot videos using this camera -- there is an HDMI output connection that allows you to show your 720p HD videos on an alternate device. There is also face detection, as well as a range of modes (Fireworks, Long Shutter, Beach, Underwater, Aquarium, Foliage, Snow, Sunset, Indoor, Kids&Pets, Night Snapshot, Portrait, etc.) that helps you enhance your photos. There is also a Colour Accent mode that allows you to select a colour in your pictures to be replaced by another colour - which is quite a funky mode to be playing around with.
What I quite like as well about this camera is that is not just a mere point-and-shoot. You do get quite a bit of flexibility with setting the White Balance, ISO as well, although I am not yet a camera expert to be able to explain much about these features, sadly.
-- IMAGE QUALITY --
I find that this camera works well where there is good lighting - especially natural lighting. Natural scenes (especially under rich sunlight) turn out especially beautifully on this camera, as if there's some sort of special enhancement going on. For taking pictures of people - it works quite well too with the face detection.
The downside to this camrea however is that it is absolutely rubbish at taking night scenes. Most cameras have quite a bit of difficulty with handling low lighting photography and this camera is no exception. You might try to use the long shutter mode to get a slightly more decent view of the night but it is difficult to control it as you need to have especially steady hands while using the long shutter mode. So far, I have yet to take a satisfactory night scene especially with people in the photos -- I would just ask someone else with a more powerful camera to do the job for me.
-- SOFTWARE & PERIPHERALS --
This camera comes with a Canon Zoombrowser software, that you can use to download and organise your photos on the camera. The camera also comes with a USB cable that allows you to transfer photos from your camera to your computer. The battery itself is a NB-4L, 3.7V 760 mAh (Li-ion) which can be charged using Canon's two-pin charger.
-- DURABILITY --
I think that this camera is relatively robust. I've used it for three years, dropped it a couple of times - but despite just a few dents, it still functions perfectly fine. The battery has also lasted me all along - up to today, one charge of the camera can last me about 3 days on heavy usage, which I have to admit is very good.
-- THE VERDICT? --
This is definitely a good camera -- just slightly more than a point-and-shoot, but not too complex that it may baffle an amateur user. The poor image quality at night is definitely a pity, but most cameras do have the same problem as well. I bought this camera for about £250.00 and I'm quite surprised to find that the price has not really dropped very much over the years -- it would still set you back by about £230 today. I would definitely recommend this camera.