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Good: Macro, zoom, manual controls
Bad: Low light sensitivity
Comment: This little camera is worth having just for the macro capabilities. With a 1cm minimum focusing distance and 16MP the level of detail you can capture is astonishing. It blew my mind that a cheap compact could produce such fabulous images.
The 16x zoom is also a marvel in such a small camera, but you will need a steady hand to make the most of it. It has a large clear screen and the controls are well laid out.
The only downside is poor sensitivity to light, and the associated noise or graininess. This is always going to be a problem with so many pixels on such a small sensor, and frankly I don't care because for the price there can't be anything out there that comes close to matching it in macro mode. A camera at this price that does pretty much anything a DSLR with 3 lenses could do is a steal.
Good: Stunning picture quality, even at high ISO grain is very nice and like film grain, high level of details retained even at high ISO, very little color grain, very good lens, CA (color fringing or chromatic aberration very well controlled - remarkable at this long zoom range, AA rechargable battery is a plus, you can change/buy batteries at lower cost.
Bad: Nothing at this price tag
Comment: I checked out this review for someone else looking for a camera, and I found these picture absolutely stunning quality at this price range! I own a much older Canon superzoom, and I see the great improvement Canon achieved during these years. In my experience Canon image stabilisation is also top of the class, I tried once to take some pictures from a bus moving at full speed of vehicles of opposite traffic (twice the speed), fully zoomed out digital+optical, most of the images were reasonably sharp, I could read the ID plates of vehicles coming! These pictures in bright light are almost too clean, you feel the need of some grain on them :-) Even at high ISO grain is very nice and resembling film grain, in certain pictures grain is part of the photographic effect you want to create, and there are quite high level of details retained even at high ISO. In older cameras there was a high color grain issue for Canon - apparently they fixed it - this grain is mostly black&white and quite nice. Don't listen to pixel peepers who are fighting grain at all costs, they don't have any idea what photography is about. Please take out from the minus side the lack of rechargable battery - AA rechargeable is OK too. Buy some packs of these (top quality, Canon or Powerex) with a good charger and you are ready to go.
Don't expect something like a $1000 DSLR can do and you will be happy with such small camera, not to mention that you don't have to carry 10Kg of equipment in a backpack for the same zoom range.
When I see these things I start to wonder why I have spent over $3000 on photography equipment ;-) Maybe its about time to buy a new DSLR, these small beasts are coming to close :-)
And wonder not - I don't work for Canon :-)
Good: Light weight, takes great photos, excellent zoom
Bad: No optical view finder
Comment: I've had this camera a couple weeks and I love it! It's replacing my old Canon Powershot from 6 years ago (which replaced an even older one) and the zoom and focus is great for such a reasonably priced camera. I do miss the optical view finder, but the LCD screen is definitely helpful. It's not as clunky as a DSLR, but not as flimsy as typical point-and-shoots.
Good: High Zoom resolution
Bad: little sensitive i think !!
Comment: I hope to buy it now :D
Its a powerful camera ... I love it
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