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This camera is inexpensive for a reason
on May 29, 2012
I have owned several canon cameras, including SLR, DSLR, and several point-and-shoots, and this one is by far the most disappointing. Looking at the specs, I couldn't figure out why this camera was only a third of the price of other recently released Canon point-and-shoots, so I decided to try it out. I got it just in time for a trip to the Grand Canyon and Sedona, AZ... and now that I'm looking through my photos, I wish I would have just stuck with my DSLR. The colors are very dull on auto mode. We were at Red Rock National Park, and the rocks look brown in my photos, not red like they actually were... I tried the vivid color setting, hoping it would help... but that setting added TOO much color. It made a cactus look neon green and the red rocks look bright orange. And if you use the vivid color setting to take a photo of a person, they will look like tan mom. (i.e. orange)
Besides the colors being either very dull or unnaturally bright, the photos from this camera are just not very crisp. The sky is pixelated/noisy in almost every image, and the photos of us are just kind of flat and blurry looking. I wish I could blame this on a lack of knowledge about cameras, but I can't... I use a high-end DSLR in manual mode every day for my job. (NOTE: I am not comparing this camera to a high-end DSLR. I just want people to understand that the disappointing quality of photos from this camera are not due to operator's error.)
For less than a hundred bucks, it isn't terrible... but I was just hoping it would be as good as my Canon Powershot SD1200IS, which only cost fifty dollars more (3 years ago) and took amazing photos.
It is a cute camera though (although the entire body is plastic)... so if you don't want to spend more than a hundred bucks, I think it's an okay deal.
EDIT: Wow, a lot of commenters seem to be under the impression that I am comparing this camera to a high-end DSLR. I am absolutely not comparing the two. The only cameras I compared this to were previous models of Canon point and shoots that I owned and loved. This camera was cheaper than those, and I knew that when I bought it. But never having owned a bad Canon product, I expected it to take better photos than it actually does. I only purchased this camera because my beloved SD1200IS was stolen at my wedding and I needed a cheap replacement that I can carry around in my purse. I do not own the expensive DSLR that I use at work, thus I cannot just take it with me when I go on vacation.