Have LOTS of AA Batteries On Hand,
This review is from: Canon Powershot A1000IS 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Grey) (Electronics)
This Cannon model was the first digital camera I ever bought. I decided to get a camera which used batteries because I was going on vacation and would not have my computer with me. Well, in retrospect, I would have opted for a camera with a charger that plugged into the wall. This camera drains batteries, especially when filming video. I've put in fresh high quality batteries, filmed a couple of videos and it tells me I need to replace the batteries. If I go anywhere I think I will film video, I always take at least 4 extra AA batteries along. Same with flash photography. Take a few photos and the battery icon starts flashing. It seems like it rips off the top of batteries, turns them upside down, and pours out all the juice. Another thing which happened is the view screen became out of focus. It looks like a TV screen back in the day when you could barely pick up a station using an antenna. This just happened one day out of the blue. I don't know what caused it and it never improved. The photos and video still come out like they did before, but I always have to explain that if anyone uses my camera, because they think the photo didn't come out. Aside from the battery life and view screen issues, the pictures and videos are of excellent quality and it is pretty easy to use even for someone like myself who was used to the old school, film-loading cameras. I finally decided to get a new camera because I didn't want to spend anymore money on 16 packs of AA batteries.