Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Perfect all rounder especially suited for families
Canon Powershot SX110 IS
Member Name: princesschickpea
Canon Powershot SX110 IS
Advantages: easy to use, wide variety of modes
Disadvantages: a little bulky, flash too bright
I bought this camera when it became apparent that the camera on my phone wouldn't cut it for family pictures any more. I needed something with better zoom, that could take clear pictures but no too advanced. I am an absolute beginner when it comes to photography and have no idea what all the different terms mean, so I didn't want a camera with bells and whistles I wouldn't use. This camera is perfect for my needs.
First off, I wouldn't class this as the most compact of cameras - it's a bit too big and bulky to fit into my pockets easily - maybe that's only an issue for women though. It does however, feel light to hold and it well made, with a sturdy plastic casing and easy to reach buttons. I will admit that our camera has been dropped outdoors several times, and still works perfectly. The screen is a great size too, meaning I can easily get an idea of whether or not a picture is worth deleting right away or saving.
The different picture settings are ideally labelled for someone such as myself, with kids&pets, sunset, indoor and beach settings getting the most use in our household. However, in auto and easy modes the camera has a perplexing tendency to request the flash be raised wen I don't feel it's needed, which wouldn't be a problem except that I find the flash on this camera leaves everything looking too bright and washed out. As a result, I almost never use the flash, and on the rare occassions that I do, I'm never completely happy with the results. This could be down to my lack of expertise though. There is also a great quality video mode, meaning that the camera really does tick all the boxes for this family.
The optical zoom is fantastic though and gives crisp clear results almost every single time it's used. It's one of the best things about this camera. It has an SD card slot that's easy to use and takes AA batteries, though at times I wish it had a rechargeable lithium battery. The longer we've had the camera, the less mileage we get out of the batteries, to the point where we would have to replace them every few days at moderate usage on holiday.
Overall, a great all rounder, that would suit most ability levels, and is especially user friendly for those of us who want to upgrade to a slightly better camera but don't know the first thing about photography!
Summary: A user friendly camera perfectly suited to the needs of a family.
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