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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.