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Very small Easy to use exposure adjustment (+/- 2 stops Affordable Uses easy to find CompactFlash. I bought a 48 and 32meg card to go with the stock 8meg card. These three cards lasted me fine for a 1 month vacation of large/fine images. * It doesn't show blooming on extreme highlights like many digital cameras. * Very saturated colors, takes fantastic pictures of flowers. * 28mm equiv wide angle. I don't understand why digital cameras aren't coming with good wide angle lenses. A 28mm is necessary for reasonable indoor shots (a 24 would be even better). I bought the A50 over the S10 just for this feature. Controls make sense. I only needed the manual to find the shortcut to deleting (set + -) and exposure control (again, set + -). The default exposure has trouble quite often. I find myself using manual exposure most of the time. It tends to overhighlight things, so many of my pictures are taken at -1 (or around there). * Slow to go from record to play mode. * It didn't come with rechargable batteries.
I found the battery latch on my canon powershot A50 broke off after only a few weeks of use - theres 2 tiny lugs on the battery door that locate i t in the camera body -- I ended up fixing it myself as I was told it would take weeks to get a new one . The software that comes with the camera is very poor - it usually refuses to load the last picture off the camera - comes up with a system error and crashes -- but the rest of the pics are downloaded ok. I had a casio QV100 before and it was nicer to use but it has lower resolution than this one --- it could also use standard batteries when the rechargeable one dies that the canon cant. i wouldnt buy another canon digitial camera.
Whist in Japan last year I decided to look at the new technology and walked away £250 the lighter but with a bargain.The camera is lightweight and a small item but gives fantastic results. The quality is quite fantastic. On the higher quality setting I can store up to fifty pictures but on the lower quality over one hundred and fifty. The only disadvantage is not having a zoom lens, perhaps I should have bought its brother the A5 zoom. Anyway I'm very impressed with Canon products.
PowerShot A50 is a logical extension of Canon earlier A5 and A5 Zoom models, upgrading the sensor resolution to a full 1.3 megapixels, while maintaining the same compact, "go anywhere" all-aluminum body. The enhancements go far beyond just an increase in sensor resolution though, as the images are in every respect superior to the earlier A5 models, and indeed are very much at the top of the 1.3 megapixel class: colors are bright, saturated, and accurate, shadow detail is excellent, and the exposure range is unusually broad. Featuring Stitch Assist Mode, PowerShot A50 allows to link successive frames together to create a single breathtaking panorama picture.
Couple this with a compact body reflecting the design of Canon's tremendously popular ELPH film cameras, and an aggressive price point, and you have a sure winner.