Short battery life and no view finder caused me to return this camera. I have been a Canon fan since the 1970's, and the camera is a jewel in many ways, but in today's market it does not differentiate itself sufficiently from the new cellphone cameras.
I need the form factor of an A1400 with two AA batteries (that pack 4,000+ Mamp over this camera's 750 Mamp battery [and we are surprised at the complahints of short battery life in many Canon cameras?], that can be purchased, recharged, or come in various types like lithium, rechargeable, or what ever a merchant readily has on his shelf. -- unlike the expensive small but special battery requiring a special recharger this camera requires). It needs a simple shoot for center mass view finder like the A1400 (because otherwise you are trying to aim a 10x+ telephoto soda straw held at arms length with a LCD screen you can't use in daylight -- it doesn't work). Add in the long lens, CMOS sensor and latest DGIC6 processor, and GPS like the SX280. The Canon WiFi needs to generate its own WiFi field so you can immediately load images to a smart phone without hunting for someone's WiFi that isn't available when you need it.
Canon has all the great ingredients, but we need them repackaged to superbly differentiate the Canon camera over a good cell phone camera. Feel free to contact me for more details -- we need Canon to be successful in the age of cell phones.
October 6, 2013
Great small camera
For picture quality, this little, lightweight camera can't be beat by anything as small or convenient... add to that fairly decent video and you have an easy to carry camera for any activity.... I tested the video found that the maximum setting 1920 x 1180 staggers movement, so I use the 1180 x 720 setting and get nice, smooth video... in low light movement I would use the 640 setting... the camera's brain is cost effective but not that big. I also have the Canon Powershot SX 260, which has the advantage of manual focus, manual aperature, but is a bit bigger and heavier.
September 23, 2013
Can't go wrong with this purchase
The camera is top notch for our family and has every feature you could ask for in a camera. We really focused on shutter lag to capture the best picture that sometimes you only get 1 shot at. Also the camera has more than enough optical zoom and features as WiFi, movie mode, and built-in features to try to capture the best picture you can in any situation. In addition I had some trouble installing the WiFi feature which I found out was specs and computer issues on my end that the tech support still helped me out on. The only con as others have posted is the battery lifespan so I highly recommend at purchase to get 1-2 spare batteries that you can always have on hand with charger that is included in camera box. Small camera that packs a ton of punch and is an excellent buy for novices like us to mid range professionals.
September 9, 2013
Great Camera - OK Battery
I've had Canon Powershots to compliment my Canon EOS cameras on vacation or youth events. Even preferred them while shooting for a camp as their media director. The image quality is 95% of the time amazing. Got this one since my 230 was having issues focusing. It was 3 years old and had gone around the file numbering a couple times. Figured it was time to upgrade.
This one is great. Love the zoom. Have used the wifi feature to transfer pics to my phone via the app and upload to social media or send to friends immediately. It's more of a novelty, but have taken advantage of it.
The one thing that drives me crazy is the battery life. I know it's a point and shoot. But I could shoot several hundred pics at a couple youth events on all of my Powershots before. This one, I make sure I have a fully charged battery and a spare one (since it takes the same as some of my other cameras) before traveling anywhere or taking pics at an event. The nice benefit is having a couple spare chargers as well. I pack one in the bag and leave one at home.
The other con is construction. It's a bit more flimsy than the most of the other cameras I've owned. But it's not bad. Just wouldn't want to drop it. I'd pay $25-50 more to have a more substantial camera of this caliber.
So if you want a good image and zoom for the size and cost, go with this one. But look into an extra battery if you plan on taking more than 200-250 pics a day.
August 22, 2013