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173 of 192 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2008
Color Name: Silver
I got this camera for my daughter (in pink of course) in mid-April. She loves it (size, pictures, etc.) but after less than three months it will only flash "lense error, restart" when it's turned on. Too late to return to Amazon. :( On the bright side, a trip to Canon's website support section got me through to a Repair Request Confirmation. Hopefully, this will just cost me postage to Elk Grove Village, IL.

Suspiciously, Canon doesn't list this model on their repair request input screen... makes you wonder if they're trying to discourage the onslaught of these that they're getting back for repair.

Here's hoping Canon will stand behind this little jewel. If I had it to do over I'd think twice....
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Color Name: PinkVerified Purchase
I think this camera would be a great choice for someone who is looking for a cost effective digital P&S and will be only taking photos of posing adults. The features it offered were pretty neat, I really liked the option that focused on one color and made the rest of the photo black and white. Very neat. Now for the bad, my unit was slightly defective (I assume), all of the photos were slightly out of focus, resulting in fuzzy images. But most of the reviews of this camera rave about the picture, quality, so I assume that my camera was defective and an anomaly. The other issue this camera had was the delay between telling the camera to take a picture (i.e. pressing the button) and the camera actually taking the photo (i.e. the image is captured). The camera had about a 1/2 second delay between the two events. This sort of delay is completely acceptable if you are taking photos of adults who know to hold their pose. But if you are taking photos of 2-year olds, forget it. All you get are the backs of little heads. I guess it is possible that the delay in my camera was a result of the auto-focus defect. But then I went to Circuit City to compare my camera to theirs (to make sure it was defective), I noticed that the Sonys were far faster than the Canons. The DSC-W150, DSC-W170, DSC-T70, and the DSC-T77 all were noticeably faster than the Canons. All of these cameras though are more expensive than the Canon SD1100, some much more so, and they also require special Sony proprietary memory, which costs extra as well. But I must say, if you are taking photos of young children, I highly recommend that you try one of the Sonys. They are the by far the fastest cameras out there.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2008
Color Name: BlueVerified Purchase
This is the third camera i've purchased over the past few months, guess what? they are all the same camera....each one has died with the lens error message which is quickly determined to be voided by canon 'customer service'. in less than two weeks of very casual and careful use it has barfed again and i'm once again having to pay service shipping for a product that doesn't perform and i know what the cookie cutter response is going to be. These used to be great cameras but obviously parts lately coming from 'who knows where' need a serious boost in QA to fix this lens error problem, but thats for the next sap, i'm done with canon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2009
Color Name: Blue
I bought the Canon Powershot SD1100 IS to replace a larger Minolta Dimage camera that I sometimes did not carry on short trips because of its size and weight. I used the Powershot for 2 months and was very happy with the results until one day just before Christmas I powered it up and the image sensor failed to transmit a picture. The camera had NEVER been dropped or roughly handled. I phoned Canon technical support and learned that spontaneous sensor failure is a common problem with this camera. And while the camera is under warranty so repair & return shipping will be free, I still had to pack up the camera and personally pay to ship it to their Powershot repair facility in Illinois. In my opinion, spontaneous failure of a critical camera system is unacceptable, and the fact that Canon knows about this problem and still requires customers to pay to ship their cameras for warranty repair is irresponsible. I would not recommend buying the Powershot SD 1100, and I certainly won't be doing business with Canon again.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2008
Color Name: Pink
I bought this camera in April. After using it for a while I realized there is always a blue dot in the middle of my images. It becomes more obvious as I zoom in. The blue dot is everywhere: on my photos and on my video. I sent the camera back to Canon Factory in IL for repair and when it came back it still wasn't properly fixed. I just contacted Canon again and see what they will do about my camera. I am not sure if it's only mine camera that has this defect but I hope they would give me a new one if it cannot be repaired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2009
Color Name: Blue
This camera takes good pictures, has a decent interface, and looks nice. But there's one major problem. After nearly a month of use, the camera turns on, reads "Lens Error", and the lens will not retract when turned off. Apparently this is an ongoing problem, it makes the camera completely unusable, and Canon does not admit that it's a problem. I have yet to try returning it. Wish me luck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2008
Color Name: Blue
We had a PowerShot 5MP previously and liked it well enough. This model was disappointing. Pictures in ideal lighting situations are fine, but otherwise can be less than crisp. Given the popularity of this model is it's strong rankings, somewhat wondering whether we got a lemon. Anyway, we returned it.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2008
Color Name: Blue
I purchased this camera based upon the reviews from
some of the more notable review sites and was somewhat
disappointed in the image quality both indoors and
under less than full bright sunlight. It would be
a great camera for a kid to play with but not especially
for a photographer. All images appear fuzzy and soft
to me under any situation other than ideal light. The
start up time and focusing time is a bit better than
the competition but that's the only advantage that I can
see in this toy camera. I have a 2 megapixel old Olympus
camera that takes sharper and better exposed indoor shots.

I guess the trade off is that if you want something that
you can fit in your shirt pocket or a toy for a kid than
this would be a good choice. This is not a camera for
those of us who like sharp well focused image quality.

And what is it with the white balance? AWFUL indeed!
All indoor shots have this yellow cast that I find
objectionable. Save your money and look at some offerings
from Olympus or one of the other manufacturers.

I sold mine on ebay and bought a Finepix f50fd for about the
same price. The difference in image quality is like night and
day.
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on March 29, 2014
Color Name: BlueVerified Purchase
I've had this camera about 5 years and I never really *loved* it - I just never really felt comfortable with it. Anyway, after about 5 years there is something wrong with the focus, about 75% of the pictures are blurry and look off. I am very excited to use this as an excuse to get a new camera! I see it many people love it (which is why I got it in the first place) but it was never the camera for me. Still, a camera should really last longer than 5 years.
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on March 11, 2012
Color Name: Silver
We did a trip to London/Omaha Beach. Was having a great time using the camera as it slid in your pocket and was easy to carry around. Unfortunately, in the middle of our trip, the camera lens fell off its focus track and was useless the rest of the trip. It was not until after, that I found that this camera has a habit of falling off the track. Wouldn't purchase another, but this was a small camera that we borrowed and now need to replace. They will now get a new/better version hopefully.
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