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This camera was bought many years ago as an upgrade to my 2Mp Canon Powershot that had also served me well. Sadly it was part of the stolen booty when my wife had her bag snatched from outside Alicante airport last year. This then, is a look back at the camera that served me for many years and captured the his and lows of many family times.
The camera itself is a 3Mp camera. I think in terms of mega pixels it is distracting to discuss resolution and all sorts of other terms. Far more useful is to consider the output of the camera. The more mega pixels a camera has the larger the printed output one can get and still consider it photo quality. This camera then outputs 6" x 4" prints at an exceptionally decent standard. When you enlarge you can take an A4 print at acceptable quality but unfortunately it is at this size you begin to see a slight degradation in print quality. I would suggest though that on photo paper even at A4 size a 3Mp camera gives satisfactory output for all but the most fussy of photo fanatics.
The zoom on this camera is a little disappointing and my own recommendation is not to use the zoom. I used to take the photographs without zoom and then use the software on the computer if I wanted to zoom. The zoom is 2x optical and then up to 6.4x digital zoom. The optical zoom doesn't have sufficient anti shake technology to be particularly useful and the digital zoom degrades image quality at an alarming rate.
The camera includes a rechargeable unit and this was a real selling point as my previous Powershot camera ate AA batteries at a ridiculous rate.
Features wise this camera has a range of automatic settings covering most eventualities. There is an optional Canon hard caseros use underwater but the price of the case is more than I paid for the camera. I therefore invested in a soft waterproof case for fifteen pounds from EBay and the resulting pictures when put on the underwater setting on the camera were fantastic. I got many great pictures snorkelling in Turkey and Spain.
A a light weight, compact camera this was a great buy and whoever took my wife's bag got a camera that had worked perfectly for ten years or more. I'm sure it is still working and whilst I wouldn't advocate stealing a bag in the hopes of obtaining one of these cameras if you see a cheap one second hand I would suspect it would be a reliable purchase. Nowadays, cameras have moved on significantly and three mega pixels seems small but I would say my reason for not getting rid of this camera earlier was that the picture quality especially for Internet use or six by four inch printed outputs was fine.