8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2012
Ignore all the negative nancy's on here. I feel like they're not realizing that this is JUST a compact camera.. It's not going to take the same pictures as a DSLR. If you want a camera that takes professional looking photos, drop another 700-900 dollars on a nice camera.
This camera is great for the price it's being sold at. First of all, it's a Canon; there's no going wrong with these cameras. I have a Canon Rebel t3i and t2i but wanted a smaller canon to carry around in my purse. This Power Shot is great, the 14 MP *along with* my 32G memory card allows for really great, clear pictures. Obviously if one is moving rapidly and shaking the camera, you can not expect any camera to take a clear picture, but with good lighting or a flash, this Power Shot takes clear pictures. Even when there was low lighting, the camera still takes decent pictures (but not as clear).
I've taken this camera on several rendezvous over the past month since I've gotten it, and have used it at the beach (high light exposure), camping in the mountains (fire and nature), at parties (people moving very quickly), and on rainy days (poor natural lighting). This camera succeeds my expectations for a compact camera, and wherever my pictures are posted of these events, people always complement them and suggest that I "bring my camera next time we all go out".
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2011
I purchased this a few days ago to replace an older camera, and I love it. All of my test shots have turned out beautifully when I uploaded them, and the new fish eye and miniature settings are fun to play around with.
My only concern is that the flap that covers the a/v out ports now opens in a new way, so that the pieces holding it on are under a bit of strain when it's plugged in to your computer.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2011
This is exactly what I expect from the Canon brand. The pictures look great, and the camera is super easy to navigate. All of the photo options are fun to tinker around with. If you don't like to mess with settings, then there is an auto mode that takes pretty good pictures. For those of us that like to have more control over the picture, there is a mode for that as well. You can't really change too much beyond shutter speed, iris, and other such basics. If you want to get really in depth, then you shouldn't be shopping for a point and shoot camera. The camera is light weight and compact. If you want something to fit into a pocket while you're out and about, then this is definitely the way to go. The last Cannon I had has held up for years. The only reason I bought a new camera was for an upgrade. Cameras have more oomph now than they did six years ago! And this one was worth the hassle of upgrading! I expect another six years of picture taking with this one.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2011
I wanted a nice point and shoot camera on black Friday. Now, I am not a professional photographer, I do know the difference between a digital SLR camera and the lenses and technologies which make them such a popular choice amongst consumers, however, I wanted to get back to the basics of point and shoot. The A2200 is a great digital camera, it provides excellent optical zoom, which, to those of you aware of, is the actual camera lenses functioning to focus on an image.
Digital Zoom is a feature I usually shy away from, yes, I am aware that not every single camera out there isn't going to be equiped with some form of digital zoom that relies on the camera processor putting in pixels for the image to 'appear' closer, but, still comes out grainy. So, with the auto focus, auto flash and battery fresh out of the charger, I snapped a few shots around my house. I must admit, I was a little turned off by the grainy film washed look in the LCD screen, but my photos come out gorgeous on my computer. While I don't need to edit them down from the huge 2xxx by 10xxx format I took them in, I am still experimenting with lower resolutions to find my personal 'sweet spot' that fits my needs. All of the features that come with the camera are pretty standard, including anti-blur, various scene modes and a few other options I haven't necessarily envisioned myself using but i will definitely experiment with them throughout the life of this camera.
I have been using my cell phone to take pictures, which holds one major problem that digital camera's all remedy, which is a dedicated button for snapping pictures and above average anti-blur feature along with a better flash. (Honestly, I read reviews on tech websites, i don't see how the reviewers can touch the screen to take the photos without shaking and ruining the picture).
I am using an 8GB memory card, it's great capacity with the max settings, I have some where around 1700 photos I can take before needing to transfer the files over.
A few points I didn't touch on but, might be a selling point:
Does not have a touch screen, I mean, the button layout isn't fancy, but it's made to where you can get around within a few presses.
The video is so-so, but, you don't use digital camera's to record video, it's a feature i will rarely use
Comes with composite out cables for review on a television, cable length is pretty short, but most blu-ray players and televisions have card readers anyway
No view finder is built into this unit, get used to using the LCD screen when taking a photo
I'd buy this camera for those who want a point and shoot, it's a great niche between price and function which I highly recommend coming from a FujiFilm FinePix camera with 6 less MP and 3x optical, it was a sweet deal when I got it (free) but the quality of the photos I took were often grainy, blurry and 3 out of 10 times unusable.
I bought this camera on black Friday with Amazon Prime, shipped last week and due to the weekend, I received it the following Wednesday. Great camera definitely recommend it as a budget choice.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2011
Looked at a lot of different cameras before picking this one. Used it for a vacation trip, and am very satisfied with the results. Battery lasted for several days. Video works great. I also use it for close-ups to post photos for products on eBay, and it is easy to do. Lots of options.
Picture is clear IF you don't just snap - it takes a second for it to focus, so push the button half-way, pause, then all the way. The only downside is that it takes a while to actually get the picture. We were at Seaworld and tried to photo the whales jumping out of the water. By the time the picture actually took, all that was left was a splash of water. So not good for instant shots, or at least I haven't figured that out yet.
Worth the money. And I bought a Case Logic TBC-302, which is perfect for this camera. Less than $6 on Amazon.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2011
For all of the good reviews I read about this camera, maybe I got my hopes up a little too high. It's been a week now and after about 150 pictures, it's going back tomorrow. It's a nice small camera with some cool features, but picture quality is terrible. My wife's old point and shoot got wet and went to camera heaven while we were on vacation, so I thought this would make a good replacement. It was a little more than I spent on the previous camera, but Cannon has made a good name for itself and I figured it was a safe bet. Well, I figured wrong. Maybe one out of 10 or 15 pictures comes out decent in good conditions. In all but bright light, it is nearly impossible to hand hold the camera and get a sharp shot. The auto white balance is often wrong. In bright light I get a haze over the pictures (lens flare?). In low light I get reflections of what looks like dirt on the lens even after I have carefully cleaned the lens with a lens cloth. Out of 150 or so pictures, I have maybe 10 decent ones and none that are any better than just decent. Our previous point and shoot took such good pictures that I started to neglect the SLR. This camera takes only slightly better pictures than my daughter's $20 digital camera. With all of the good reviews I have read about this camera, maybe mine was a lemon, but I'll be gun shy when it comes to cannon in the future though.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2011
I've been into photography since high school. I have many film and digital cameras and love to take "great" photos. I'm not a big fan of Photoshop. I prefer to make minimal adjustments of contrast, saturation, etc. and let the photo speak for itself. I got this little Canon to carry with me when I don't feel like lugging around the DSLRs...the A2200 is so small it can fit into a shirt pocket, jeans pocket or easily into a ladies small purse...very convenient.
Picture quality is excellent! I have taken low light shots at a concert, taken some cool close ups, played with the various special effects settings and had a great time creating some really interesting photos. Beyond this the picture quality is quite good. No it will not replace the 5d, the 7d or even a good quality Rebel, but it can take some great shots.
One thing I was curious about was controlling the camera to take advantage of the f/2.8 aperture...there are no Aperture Priority modes that would think to be pretty simple to program into the camera, but if you play around enough with Live mode you can get the camera to act accordingly. So yes, you can even take some good...on the spot portraits.
For $80 this is definitely a five star camera. Probably one of the best buys in very small point & shoots out there. Sure you can get a much better small camera with the S95, but then wouldn't you rather put that money towards a good DSLR lens?... I know I would.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2012
A lot of people reviewed this negatively but I feel like they just don't know how to use it properly. If you don't take the time to learn about the camera first it will just shoot average pictures, but if you read the manual and play around with it you can take some awesome shots.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2012
I have to say, this is the disappointment of the year. This camera is horrible quality, every picture I took looked blurred or slightly off focus. The auto function setting was intolerably long between clicking the button and the actual picture taking. After several seconds of auto-focusing, flashing orange lights at the subject, and then finally flashing, the picture was still out of focus and washed out or blurry. The flash is too bright so your subject is bleached with an over abundance of light. Trying to take pictures of pets was impossible because it took several seconds flashing the pet with this orange light that ultimately make the pet look away so all you get is a blurry side of it's head. Let's move on to video. Fuzzy, low quality, bad resolution, poor sound. Everything about this camera was a disappointment, only the shape and size was acceptable. I owned a Canon A20 10 years ago and the picture quality from that 2 megapixel camera was far better than this. I think Canon has really dropped the ball on this one. Do not waste your time and money, your cellphone takes better pictures than this.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
This is a wonderful little camera. I received it for Christmas, and it was just about the time to replace my old Powershot sd600. This is such a big upgrade! I love the discreet mode, perfect for shooting during a speech or meeting. I like how there are so many options for getting the best picture, but I mostly use the Auto mode. I like e 4x optical zoom, with an additional 8x digital zoom.
I don't see why there are so many low reviews, this camera has worked perfectly for me, and It is the best camera I have ever used. Wonderful price, too.
It works great outdoors, indoors, and I really like the feature where you can tell it what kind of lighting you are under, like Daylight, cloudy daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, high fluorescent, or custom. I also like how there is a separate button to turn face recognition on or off. Iuse that a lot.
Overall, A great camera, lots of features, works perfectly, and great for shooting video.