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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2013
Color Name: Black
I purchased this camera because of the low light capability and small footprint. The price is heavily discounted so I figure its worth it even if the touch screen is bad. I planned on using this camera on auto and take it everywhere. If I want control I would use my micro 4/3 or another much larger point and shoot with 16x zoom. To my surprise, the touch screen works very well. Not as bad as I was led to believe from the user and professonal reviews found on the internet. Its not as well as my Iphone 5 but acceptable. Swipeing pictures, 1 out 10 may require a second swipe. Touching screen buttons worked almost all of the time and never needed more than a second touch if the first touch did not "take".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
Color Name: Silver
I sent my SD 800 in for repair, but was offered the ELPH 320 HS when parts were no longer available for the 800. I should have said no, then looked up a suitable replacement. I've never had a camera with such a long delay between pushing the button and snapping the picture or that was so slow to write to the card. If you're taking pictures of people, hope they have lots of patience.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2012
Color Name: Silver
Do NOT buy a camera with a touch screen! You want a camera you can work while in the bright sun, you can't see and navigate a stupid touchscreen while outdoors. What a stupid idea. Physical buttons you can quickly see, feel and push on are critical. Not to mention if you have larger fingers.... I really don't know what these companies think when they design this stuff. Think about real world usage and you'll find touch-screen is dead in the water on a camera. Duh.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2012
Color Name: RedVerified Purchase
People complaining about the WIFI, please read the user manual.

For PC, the WIFI lan settings will only work with Windows 7.

I got this camera yesterday. Other than the WIFI, this camera looks and feels great.

It will take a couple of days to get used to the touch screen (please don't compare the touch experience with your "i" devices)

Definitely a lot of cool features in your fingure-tips.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I really wanted to like this camera having an Elph 110. What drew me to this product was the price and the WIFI capabilities. Didn't care about the touchscreen, as that only leaves smudges and I have enough "smart" screens/monitors to clean as it is. But I'm sending it back and this is why:

After following the copious directions in the user manual, installing the software, connecting the camera via the USB cable, getting the latest versions of the software, signing up for Canon's Image Gateway, I was ready to rock 'n' roll. Que drum roll...

I took a few pics, touched the WIFI connection icon, and prepared to set up connecting to my desktop computer via a wireless connection. It found my wireless router, found my network, entered my network password, it found my computer, connected itself, and the CameraWindow magically opened. Then closed. With a cryptic message my camera had been disconnected. Well my camera was still on, so I repeated the process, and CameraWindow kept closing seconds after opening.

I called tech support, and after trying numerous changes to my system that were already in place (file sharing turned on, latest Canon software), and being put on hold as "Liam" the tech support guy kept going to someone else at Canon for help. After an hour of this Liam gave up on me and said the problem was my fault and they really don't provide support to the Mac. Huh? He instructed me to go to an Apple Genius (as if I had them hanging in my closet on hangers just for my use). He asked if he could be of further assistance, I told him I was returning the Camera, and NO, you did not provide me any assistance as the problem wasn't solved.

On a lark I went into my Firewall settings and unchecked the "enable stealth mode" setting: System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall > Firewall options. Just for good measure I cleared out the settings on the camera, rebooted the computer, and started from scratch. Another half-hour gone.

Clicked the wireless icon on the camera, waited, CameraWindow opened up and STAYED open. Hallelujah! I was so happy I wanted to call Liam and then remembered what a toad he had been on the phone and his dismissive nature. I re-enabled stealth mode just to make sure that was the problem, and CameraWindow closed again as before. I turned it back off, and wirelessly transferred my images to my computer.

Then I tried the Facebook option. He sends the picture to Canon's image gateway, where you go and get a link to share on your Facebook wall. Are you kidding me. Then I tried connecting it to my smart phone. Downloaded the CameraWindow app, started it up, and connected the camera to my smart phone. Same thing. It simply places them in another picture album, and then you can "share them." Ugh. Is nothing simple anymore? I thought I'd be able to take a picture, click the Facebook icon, write a post, and send it to my timeline. Just like I do on my smart phone, only the picture would be great and super high quality.

So if you want a cumbersome touchscreen, plastic casing, lousy tech support, WIFI that's not really WIFI, and painful procedures to get anything done, get this product. If not, just get the Canon Elph 520. No WiFi, no touchscreen, slightly lower megapixels (what's up with that?), but 20x zoom. That will likely be my next camera.

To me, it's simply easier to pop out the SD card, put it in an SD reader, and slip it into a USB port. Import into iPhoto and I'm done. And if you want to do the same thing with your smart phone, get the Lightning 5-in-1 Camera Connection Kit and Reader Adapter or something similar. Why Canon and other camera companies that sell WIFI cameras simply can't make the SD card appear on your desktop like an external drive is beyond understanding.

For now, I'm just disgusted with the false advertising and the unprofessional behavior of their tech support. "We don't really support the Mac." Fine, then you won't have my support either. That or take it off your frigging packaging! And stop making lousy software and design a way for the camera to integrate with Apple's highly superior iPhoto software (have it mount the SD card as an external drive and iPhoto will automatically launch). Canon's software is nothing more than a cheap port of their Window's software, which is no great shakes either.

I simply don't understand why they can't make the SD card appear on you desktop like an external drive when connected by WIFI. Once that happens, iPhoto will open (if you have set it to do that) or you can treat it like a regular drive. Having a separate app to get your photos wirelessly is ridiculous. When I connect my Macbook to my Desktop wirelessly, it shows up on the desktop (Finder) as an icon. I can then transfer files, etc... When I insert the Canon SD card into my desktop's USB port, it shows up on the desktop like an external drive. This is NOT rocket science.

Pictures are wonderful which is to be expected but all these other negatives make for a horrible experience with a company I used to respect a lot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2013
Color Name: Blue
There is not a lot out there for examples of photos and information about this camera. I bought it based on the features, previous reviews, sample images. ability to use manual settings, and the Digic V processor (newer from Canon).

First - For those of you who think blurry photos are a result of this camera, please take a moment and learn about locking the camera down on a tripod, table top etc. and then using the correct settings. For those who blame the camera for not connecting to your awesome home network, I would read the manual again for the camera on this subject, make sure you know how to operate your home network along with your computer. This is the same for any networked device anywhere, you have to understand just how to connect, how to open connections and know about security. It is not as simple as turning a computer on and going to facebook.

Second - Vivid images, decent 180p video, miniature effect is cool. Light weight, easy to use. Get a bag, extra batteries, wall charger and a SDHC class 10 card to make this camera last and shine for you when you need it.

Remember, all point and shoot pocket cams are made and marketed to consumers (soccer games, vacation, birthdays, etc.) In most modes they require little thought, but it is he cameras with the advanced features that stand out. Take the time to understand these, and you will do quite well with this camera.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I absolutely love this camera. Takes smashing pictures. I have a Canon digital slr which is bulky to carry around. Love that the elph fits in my pocket. Feels like a deck of cards, barely noticeable. This camera does so well on auto you might be tempted to just let the camera do its thing but I love the manual settings and the options for doing cool and creative things. I have no problem with the menu or the responsiveness of the LCD screen that some reviewers have mentioned. I suspect that it may just be personal experience/preference. I'm an experience camera user and comfortable with tweaking settings and manual controls. This camera has packed so many features and incredible technology in a small package and the price? Well you would expect to pay a lot more for the feature set this camera offers. Bottom line: I am a happy camper!! :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2013
Color Name: BlueVerified Purchase
I bought this for my boyfriend, who was always wanting a nice camera to use. I shopped around a TON for a couple of months because I'm overly concerned about camera quality, having a DSLR myself. I carry around a Canon Rebel XSi and tend to be the photographer of the two of us, but noooow, I am seriously considering getting this camera as an easier-to-handle replacement. Carrying around a DSLR sometimes it's realistic, and this thing takes AMAZING shots without all of the hassle. Hey, sometimes I get lazy.

He loves it. He says the battery life isn't optimal because of the touch-screen application, and issues involving pairing it over wifi with some devices BECAUSE he isn't using a "home" network since he lives on-campus in the dorms, but he carries it everywhere with him and oh god it is so cute.

I would definitely suggest this camera. Once I get enough money I'm definitely going to get one for myself!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2013
Color Name: BlueVerified Purchase
I have an advanced degree (doesn't mean anything, except good at following instructions) and I have so far tried for 3 hours to connect Wi Fi features and been unsuccessful. I think this is going back.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2013
Color Name: Blue
We have been users of Canon Cameras for years - this is the first camera that we have had to call a true disaster. The Touch screen controls are constantly getting in the way of just point and click. Priority is given to the touch screen rather than the top shutter button. This is with the touch screen to shoot mode disabled. The camera is constantly trying to re-focus with every casual brush while handling to take the real shot. We even eliminated some icons and moved others around (a very nice feature) but the camera was consistently fiddling with responding to the touch screen instead of just taking the shot! It is slow. It uses power at over twice the rate as our Canon PowerShot Elph 100 (which is a dream). It does a terrible job on motion photos and ruined a lot of shot opportunities on or recent trip. We are going to buy something else - we can't afford to have our special moments ruined by this camera.
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