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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS 8.0 MP Digital Elph Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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  • 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 4x Optical Image Stabilized zoom for steady, long zoom shooting
  • High-resolution 2.5-inch PureColor LCD with scratch-resistant, anti-reflection coating
  • Sensitivity range to ISO 1600 for sharper photos in low light
  • Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 2047B001
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 8 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 4 x
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  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 1 x 2.2 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000Q30420
  • Item model number: 2047B001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (527 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,512 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 7, 2007

Product Description

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Manufacturer Description

Discover a new inspiration. The PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph is a digital camera that will really get your creative juices flowing. It starts with a high-resolution 8-megapixel CCD, a 4x optical zoom with Canon’s exclusive UA Lens and an Optical Image Stabilizer for steady zooming. There’s also a DIGIC III Image Processor with Face Detection and red-eye correction, an ISO 1600 setting for sharper images in low light, 5 Movie Modes and a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD with scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating for easy viewing.

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4x optical zoom in action
Advanced 8.0-megapixel Digital Elph with 4x optical zoom and exclusive UA lens Count on the PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph for images that will make you say "wow" every time you shoot! Equipped with a high resolution 8-megapixel CCD, this Digital Elph is just what you need to capture life’s greatest inspirations as you’ve always wanted them. You’ll get every exquisite detail in dazzling, eye-popping color. And you can print big. Plus, the SD850 IS Digital Elph is equipped with a 4x optical zoom that features Canon’s exclusive UA lens with ultra-high refractive index glass to enhance your pictures while significantly reducing total lens size. Just imagine the possibilities!

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Optical Image Stabilizer technology for steady, long zoom shooting Life doesn’t give you second chances to capture special times. That’s why the elegant PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph is equipped with Canon’s acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake -- one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. So now even when you’re zooming in tight you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you’ll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is so convenient to use. Just turn it on, it functions perfectly with or without a flash.

DIGIC III Image Processor with improved Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction With DIGIC III, you get images of superior quality, the camera functions at top efficiency and battery life is significantly enhanced. What’s more, DIGIC III enables Canon’s newly improved Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the Shutter Button halfway down, and the PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. To keep every face looking bright and natural -- without scary red eyes -- the camera controls exposure settings and flash, so every shot is just what you were shooting for.

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Find multiple faces with Canon's improved Face Detection technology
DIGIC III features Face Detection AF/AE, which finds multiple faces in the frame and sets the most suitable focus point, when the shutter button is pressed halfway. And an additional new feature, Face Detection FE adjusts the flash, based on a person’s face on the screen. Exposure and flash are controlled to ensure proper illumination of both the faces and the overall scene, eliminating the common problem of darkened or overexposed faces.

Red-eye Correction detects and automatically corrects red-eye during playback for both regular and flash photography. In unusual cases where red-eye is not automatically detected, it can easily be corrected manually during playback mode.

iSAPS technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

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Vivid, high-resolution 2.5-inch PureColor LCD The camera’s 2.5-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This extra-durable, high-resolution screen with tough scratch-resistant coating on the anti-reflective, PureColor LCD screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera’s menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

Sensitivity range expanded to ISO 1600 The PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph features new ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater flexibility for shooting.

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ISO 80 v. ISO 1600
Creative Light effects, and five movies modes A new Special Scene Mode "Creative Light Effects" brings you a new pleasure of capturing night scenes! You can select ant effect before shooting, then it transforms background bright spots to stars, hearts, music notes and more.

Shooting movies have also five options. With a highly flexible movie mode, you can create the movie that’s perfect for any application. Select from VGA (640 x 480 pixels) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), with frame rates of 30 fps and 15 fps for recording up to 1 hour or 4GB. Also choose from Fast Frame Rate (QVGA; 320 x 240 pixels) recording at 60 fps for up to 1 minute, Compact Movie Mode (QQVGA; 160 x 120 pixels) recording at 15 fps for up to 3 minutes, and Time Lapse (640 x 480) recording at 1 or 2 sec. intervals. The PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph supports the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed standard, so you’ll enjoy the fastest possible data transfer speeds when using a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible computer.

18 Shooting Modes including 11 Special Scene Modes
  • Auto The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
  • Manual The ultimate in creative control, you set ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance.
  • Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
  • Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
  • Digital Macro Shoot larger-than-life close-ups with one-button simplicity.
  • Stitch Assist Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
  • Movie Shoot in VGA and QVGA (30 fps/15 fps for up to 1 hour or 4GB), Fast Frame Rate (60 fps for up to 1 minute), QQVGA (15 fps for up to 3 minutes) or Time Lapse (640 x 480 for 1 sec./2 sec. intervals).
  • Portrait The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."
  • Foliage Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
  • Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
  • Beach Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
  • Fireworks Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
  • Aquarium Achieve proper flash-free exposure and natural hues at indoor aquariums.
  • Underwater Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect (Note: Optional Waterproof Case WP-DC15 required for shooting any underwater images).
  • Indoor Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors.
  • Kids & Pets Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won’t miss those special shots.
  • Night Snapshot Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.
  • Creative Light Effects Transform background bright spots to stars, hearts, music notes and more.
The Complete Print Solution

Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading The PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the SD850 IS Digital Elph to a Canon CP, SElphY or PIXMA Photo Printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Print your own ID photos in 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon SElphY Compact Photo Printer.

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Direct Photo Printers For desktop large-format printing, try one of the Direct Photo Printers that allow you to print without a computer in one of two ways: plug your compatible PowerShot camera into the Direct Photo Printer using the supplied USB interface cable, or simply insert a memory card into the supplied adapter. You can also connect the printer to your computer for more options. Print high-resolution, borderless images as postcards or 8.5 x 11-inch sheets within minutes.

Compact Photo Printers Compact Photo Printers let you produce versatile, fun 4 x 6-inch postcards, 4 x 8-inch wide greeting cards or credit card size prints in just two easy steps: connect and press/print. Control the printer right from your camera's LCD screen. You get durable, dye-sublimated prints quickly with or without borders. Assorted paper types let you create mini or credit card size labels. You can even take select Compact Photo Printers to a party or an outdoor picnic using an optional rechargeable battery.

PictBridge The PictBridge standard enables any digital camera that supports PictBridge to connect and print to any PictBridge compatible printer.

What's in the box

PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH body, Lithium Battery Pack NB-5L, Battery Charger CB-2LX, SD Memory Card SDC-32M, Wrist Strap WS-700, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, AV Cable AVC-DC300

Product Description

Discover a new inspiration. The PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph is a digital camera that will really get your creative juices flowing. It starts with a high-resolution 8-megapixel CCD, a 4x optical zoom with Canon’s exclusive UA Lens and an Optical Image Stabilizer for steady zooming. There’s also a DIGIC III Image Processor with Face Detection and red-eye correction, an ISO 1600 setting for sharper images in low light, 5 Movie Modes and a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD with scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating for easy viewing.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I have had this camera for 6 years and I have never had an issue with it. The pictures are clear and it does great work. I am in no way a professional photographer just use… Read more ›
I Had This Camera For Years Until It Came Up With A Lens Error Then It Wouldn't Come On. The Pictures Were Fantastic Until It Stopped Working,But Good Thing I Had My SD Card. Read more ›
This camera is simply fantastic. There's nothing you can't do with it, the quality of the images is superb and the files come out not so big in terms of KB. Read more ›
You have to be careful as you focus the Macro Imaging, otherwise the photo will be blurry, but if you focus twice, the results are usually excellent. Read more ›
I bought this camera three years ago and it is still going strong. Battery still gives me plenty of shots and the picture quality is very good. I will always buy Canon. Read more ›
(I was not ready to pay the asking price for a brand new SD850 camera.) The quality is wonderful, especially when capturing a moving target. The movie mode is also very… Read more ›
Good size. Fun to use. Delivers consistently good results. Read more ›
I've had this camera before. Find it easy to use, it has many options, and is small enough to fit into my purse. Although the time of delivery was to be 10/21 - 11/5, my… Read more ›
However, today I dropped it when the lens was popped out and it broke : There is…It's easy to use and I hope in the future to get a canon 12 MP camera when they cost less. Read more ›
Really like the large display screen. Easy to use, small enough to fit in my purse. Love the features. Read more ›
i had no idea what i was buying, i like Cannon as brand, 8mp is more that enough for a normal user. The camera is very easy to use and does most things on auto pilot. No… Read more ›
Am very…The person for whom I purchased the camera needed a camera that was versital but easy to use for carrying around and taking quick photos of friends and relatives. Read more ›
The macro function is really nice but there is one problem with it. I take quite a lot of macrosoof flowers, forgs etc... in which cases I need the flash or the pictures… Read more ›
The macro feature is great for taking static picture of flowers, wild life etc. The photo stitch function is good for taking panoramic view. Along with the camera, I bought… Read more ›
great camera-even my wife can use it. controls are very easy to use and w/ the canon printer we are all set. Read more ›
This is a great item for digital novices, as well as an additional piece for more experienced…The variety of features are easy to navigate, and I couldn't be more satified! Read more ›
I kept waiting for our old Cannon (2 MP) to die...it won't but I updated anyway! I'm still learning all the features, but have been taking great photos of the kids already. T… Read more ›
Also, for being a point and shoot, this guy has many features. The macro and infinity mode work relatively well, as do the light settings. The zoom and megapixels in such a… Read more ›
Canon could have got rid of that feature. Thankfully the display works well, also outside in the sun. Read more ›
+ Has underwater mode (filters blue) to go along with the available underwater housing. + Display is very clear and bright, even in moderate sunlight. + First shot lag from… Read more ›
The viewfinder is a nice feature and was one of the reasons we chose it over…This point is moot since the LCD is so bright that we don't use the viewfinder much anyway. L… Read more ›
The first impression the camera gave away was sensational. The clarity of the images shown in the lcd was unbelievable. Also it was a bargain for me at 220$ without the… Read more ›
I LOVE the camera. The large screen is great. The delay experienced with digital cameras is much shorter and captures my 9 mos old son much faster so I miss many less faces… Read more ›
The flash, although limited, is stronger than I expected. The screen is quite bright and the brightness can be bumped up if needed when in bright daylight. Read more ›
Other than that I am very satisfied. The size is perfect. Read more ›
Overall, the camera takes very good pictures and the small size is great. I don't like the ergonomics and I haven't been that impressed with the image stabilization. Read more ›
The Canon SD850 size is so convenient you can have it with you at all times. Photos are sharp and the 8.0 MP let you make stunning 11x14 prints with no image deterioration. Read more ›
I bought the PowerShot SD850 camera for its size - it is much more portable. It's size is great to slip in a pocket of jeans. Even though it is much smaller than the S3, I… Read more ›
I bought this camera for a trip and I have been playing with it for a month prior…The size is perfect to take anywhere, the speed is amazing, and the pictures are great. Read more ›
It performs as promised considering it's a "point & shot". Size is perfect and it slides without a problem into your pants pocket. Good image colors, very intuitive and… Read more ›
It's very cheaply attached and will probably break in not much time. The included software (ZoomBrowser) is very good and transfers the pictures quickly. Read more ›
I even dropped it once right on the extended lens and it still works fine. The optical zoom is great, image stabilizer is nice too. All around great camera. Read more ›
It has a small size (fit's in my pocket well), and feels good in my giant hands. The 4x zoom lens is nice, quick, and responsive. Paired with a 4GB SDHC card, I can shoot a… Read more ›
A nice, compact, and easy to use camera. The image stabilization and the 4x optical zoom are excellent features. The only negative is the flash refresh rate, which, is not… Read more ›
It lacks some of the manual settings like Aperature and shutter priority but has…The 4x optical zoom is nice since many other cameras of this type only have a 3x zoom. B… Read more ›
Check out the picture I took with this camera of the top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas while riding in a car at approx 65 mph. The zoom is amazing on this camera. I have… Read more ›
-also the VIDEO is GREAT!! 30fps! Read more ›
The video setting is on of my favorites. The highest quality video is very nice. I now have a canon rebel t1i, but I still depend on this camera for the quick shots or the… Read more ›
- Option for changing shutter speed (Manual mode). - Video quality is good. Canon bundled software is also good. Read more ›
We wanted a point and shoot which would capture decent videos as well. The videos are great (in addition to all of the other great features described in every other review). I… Read more ›
5) Lots of choices concerning picture quality and color. 6) Image and video quality are very good for such a small camera. 7) Optical viewfinder. Read more ›
Fits in my back pocket, works like a charm. Takes great video! Read more ›
Camera is excellent, small, easy to use. Price was great and delivery was very quick. Read more ›
If you are looking for a camera with great features, look no further. The price is actually reasonable for what you get. With the simple Read more ›
My mom has actually shocked me with how well her photos have turned out (she's the type who would take a…The price is also amazing, and the quality of pictures is awesome! Read more ›
This camera is all that they say it is and more. The value for the price is excellent. For the novice or the more advanced user, the unit will satisfy both. Read more ›
If the last one fails I will probably buy…Good features - note that I am not a camera expert, just a weekend warrior looking for a useful point'n shoot at a decent price: Read more ›
We had a SD850 for many years and loved it to death, the power switch failed. Picking up a used SD850 at such a good price was a no-brainer. The camera was as described and… Read more ›
It takes quick pictures, and the preview shows how great the pictures can be. The colors are rich and the face detection is right on. I found it funny that the camera was… Read more ›
It takes great pictures on the beach. The colors are excellent so is the image stabilisation mode. Read more ›
Very convenient small size, and great color (in vivid mode), and great sharpness (in default lens setting). Telephoto images (even in just the optical range) are… Read more ›
The Canon PowerShot SD850 IS 8.0 MP Digital Elph Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized…Compact but powerful and the resulting photos are extremely sharp and color-true. Read more ›
This is an amazing camera for a compact. It gives beautiful detailed pics with absolute amazing colors and nice feature with the image stabalization. Very happy with this… Read more ›
Excellent product, originally would have selected the SD870, but that did not…Very satisfied with camera; high resolution images, great color and would recommend to others. Read more ›
I've had this camera for over two years now, and the battery life is still incredible. I only charge about once a month and it lasts a long time. Read more ›
- YOU WONT miss a picture due to shutter lag! - Battery life is excellent. - Wall charger is convenient and fast Read more ›
The zoom is just 4x, enough for daily use but not great if far away from object. The battery life is excellent, been taking way too many pictures or videos and never run dry. Read more ›
BATTERY: Battery life is exceptional. Camera seems to go on for months with one battery (I think it is rated for 400+ shots, which is an astounding battery life for such a… Read more ›
Life would be pefect if it came with an extra battery that I could…Oh well, this battery does charge quickly, just make sure you are charged BEFORE you leave the house. Read more ›
I am fully satisfied for the performance for…The battery life is really good and shutter speed is awesome depending on which MP quality you have selected for the pictures. Read more ›
It takes excellent pictures. The flash is so good, you cant even tell the club pics are taken in a dark club because the flash is just that great. When you view the pics,… Read more ›
Pros : Compact, good lens,good IS, Flash works brilliant in dark places/indoors,good performce in terms of speed of point n shoot, good picture and color,good video… Read more ›
It a great point and shoot pocket camera with some good features on it. If I am going on a photo project I take both cameras in the event I need a good flash. Read more ›
For the money -- about $150 -- it was a great camera. But if you value a smaller body and quicker flash availability, this is the camera for you. Read more ›
The lack of flash control makes it hard. At times in low light it will take too bright of a flash and overexpose your picture whiting out colors. It would be nice if they… Read more ›
the mega pixel setting. 2. Battery drains out fast, if flash is used often. Carry a spare for Read more ›
This camera is great. It is small and light weight and easy to carry in a purse or a pocket. We took it on a recent ski trip and got great landscape shots as well as a nice… Read more ›
It's easy to use if you just want to point an shoot, yet it has lots of cool…I love the zoom, and it's the perfect size for carrying around in a purse or diaper bag. Read more ›
It has so many features, we are just learning them all. The size is very small and easy to carry. This is the best bang for the buck in Canon compact digital cameras! Read more ›
Several shooting modes are available, more than a normal user would utilize. It is light in weight and easy to carry in your pocket. Read more ›
As for the camera I've shot about 60 pictures with it already and it does a great job with exposure and face…This is a great snapshot shooter, small and easy to carry. I… Read more ›
I liked it for a number of reasons. Easy to use, reasonably good quality (one of the best in the genre) and easy to carry. The price makes it a good buy too. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

539 of 544 people found the following review helpful By J. Elser on June 22, 2007
For a point and shoot camera, this little gem packs a lot of advanced features. It's definitely not a DSLR but it's sure convenient when you want to conceal it and carry it with you in your pocket.

Pros:
1) Red-eye correction. No more red-eyes! It automatically fixes them.
2) Image stabilization. Will correct your hand movements but will not stop action.
3) Face Detection. Automatically finds and focuses on faces, and sets the proper exposure.
4) LCD Screen. The 2 1/2 LCD screen is very high resolution.
5) Lots of choices concerning picture quality and color.
6) Image and video quality are very good for such a small camera.
7) Optical viewfinder. Many cameras do not have this. It comes in handy when you do not want to use the LCD screen such as in theaters.
8) Auto White Balance is much improved over the older Digic II processors.
9) There is a manual setting where you can treak your photo settings. My preference is "Positive Film," "ISO 100," "+1/3 exposure," "flash on." The photos look fantastic.

Cons:
1) Noisy pictures with ISO settings over 200. (Pretty much what you get with any point and shoot camera.) Auto setting usually selects ISO 200, which is a little noisy. You're better off to go with ISO 80 or 100.
2) Lens is wide enough for most purposes but it's definitely not a "wide angle" lens. There is some barrel distortion on the short end, meaning that straight lines, buidings, walls, etc, appear a little curved.
3) Battery/SD Card Door can slide out and pop open easily.
4) Cannot chose aperature or shutter speeds manually.
5) No battery life meter. The LCD screen only displays a "low battery" warning.
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136 of 138 people found the following review helpful By newjourney2006 on December 4, 2007
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Since October I have been researching to find the fastest (for fast moving small kids) low light (for evening indoor pictures) P&S camera. I also know 99.9% of my prints will be 4x6 or 5x7, never bigger. And I want the red-eye reduction to work! I refuse to do touch-ups. Before I review, let me say a THANK YOU, to all who do post their reviews, because I have read them ALL, and a really big THANK YOU to Steves-Digicams and the CNET staff, who test and provide shutter speeds with flash.

I have visited all local stores (BestBuy, CircuitCity, Target, Sears, Frys, Wolf, Office Depot & Max, Staples) multi-times to play with all cameras. Yes, I am retired and have the time. Plus I reviewed all CNET P&S reviews from 1/25/07 to 11/15/07. I documented speeds of low contrast shutter and shot 2 shot with flash. From my research, the final candidates, based on low light speeds, were Fuji F40fd, Canon SD 800, 850, 870(*).
* Interesting the Canon SD870 specs say it should be as fast as the 850, but comparing 850 vs 870 under store lights, at 2 different BB stores, the 850s were noticeable faster. I even had the salesperson swap the batteries, between the two, just to be sure.

I purchased(Nov. 20,2007) the Fuji F45fd and Canon SD850. I borrowed a CanonSD800 and had my Canon A610. Without question the Fuji was the fastest for evening indoors pictures. The Fuji was also the fastest for flash recharge. The Canons 800 & 850 did missed some small kids indoors action shots. All cameras had the same brand 2Gb 150x SD. After a week I printed all the shots, as 4x6s, from the same store, as different orders with different names, to ensure no pictures were mixed.

The Canon SD800 had too many red-eyes. My old A610 was to slow for evening indoor shots.
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382 of 420 people found the following review helpful By David C. Mercil on June 24, 2007
After a few comments I decided to rewrite my review and clarify a few things.

This is my 3rd Canon digital Powershot camera. My first was a S110 (2 mega pixle camera) that I bought in 2002. My second was a S410 (4 mega pixle camera) that my wife gave to me in 2004. (I'll refer to these as S series). In addition I've regularly used several profesional SLRs in the past including the Nikon D1-X.

My new Canon Powershot SD850 is superior to my older two S series cameras in almost everyway. But, like everthing else it's not perfect.

Minus 1 star:
The camera seems to experiance increased barrel distortion (where the picture is sharp in the middle but fuzzy around the edges). This seems most noticable in daylight shots without a flash. For you experts out there; yes, I'm aware that barrel distortion is common on these types of cameras. I feel however that it is more noticable with this camera. You can test the affect for yourself if you shoot straight at a flat, textured surface such as a brick wall, etc. without a flash. Note that you may have to use a tripod to avoid camera shake. View the picture at 100% resolution, compare with other cameras and decide for yourself. My comparison was with my older S410 which had only half the resolution and much less noticable distortion.

Minus 1/2 a star:
The camera tells you the F/stop and shutter in the display, but does not let you change it. And, the camera loves the F2.8 setting (lens cranked wide open), especially in lower lit scenes whether you are using a flash or not, which most likely has something to do with the added distortion.

Minus 1/2 a star: (other things)
The power button that so many people have complained about is a little awqured but not something you can't get used to.
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