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2.0 out of 5 stars good and the bad and the reason why it misses being as close to perfect for a Point and Shoot, June 15, 2011
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OK I have a professional camera (canon rebel xs with the digic III proc) I also have a Canon sd890is and three models before in the same series the 890 I could take a photo of someone closing their eyes in a great shot and take them from another as the photo quality was that good and paste them into the other with Photoshop. THIS CAMERA has several issues above and beyond the image quality that make it less then ideal for a a serious photo snapper in a casual or serious environment.

PROS:
Body construction, nice half powder coated steel have plastic but slim and durable
Lots of features (although most of which are not executed where the end result is a great picture)
Macro Photo Quality: GREAT super my Russian peterbald who is hairless to the naked eye actually as tiny tiny fuzz that is visible in a BROAD DAYLIGHT macro shot (not a dimly lit room shot)
Self Portrait shots *lack detail and blur and auto correct only good for you know self shots not print quality or such

CONS: (and there are lots)
due to the large size of the screen and no view finder so that you can turn it off and take photos that way to conserve battery like my old Cannon and new Canon Rebel xs, you are forced to hold the very small right side of the camera that has but one button and if you have large hands you will surely drop this camera unless you do the two hand photo taking thing.
WHEN doing this:
The camera heats up within 4 minutes that it is noticeable in a cold room so if it where summer or anywhere warm this would surely intensify, for the record, my canon sd890 which is years older and has a large battery and all powder coated steel frame would get this hot after HOURS OF USE not 4 minutes.

TOUCH SCREEN: The touch screen as some say is less responsive then current smart phones. However, it does work just find when you realize that to touch a menu you button you much touch dead center not the corner, the side, somewhere around it, you have to press it dead on and firmly not lightly. That being said sometimes when you do it may or may not recognize the touch if you do it quickly it must be done slowly and firmly.

VIDEO: Testing in my room with natural light coming in from the window with my old camera and this one, the difference is 2011 and 1980, the video on this camera is choppy at best my old old cell phone takes better video. That being said I did not test it outdoors in natural light and for that based on the cameras performance I am sure it would do fine fir most consumers

PICTURE QUALITY:

OK this is a multi part statement.

Macro setting as stated above in natural bright light is excellent
Auto Smart Setting aka what most refer to as just Auto, for lack of a better phrase sucks. No matter what setting picture size the auto setting crops photos, lacks accurate consistent focus and is really bad on zoom as far as photo quality, I also tried the powershot elph 300 and even that had a better all around even though it was eh on the details in the photos and softened them.

Night Mode: This mode has many settings but unless you have a VERY VERY VERY VERY steady hand or a tripod it is basically useless the photos come out blurred not in focus remotely or nothing distinguishable because you see the screen says processing complete and it wasn't

Self Portrait Shots called Beauty Mode on the camera : Now if you want to take a photo of yourself and you want it to be a quality photo this is not the camera HOWEVER, if you have dry skin like I do on your face or a pimple and you take a photo of yourself with this camera YOU WILL NOT SEE ONE BLEMISH OR MARK! so if you are less then flawless bare face without makeup and need to send a guy or girl a shot of you then this is the camera you WANT!!!! however I can photoshop anything dont believe in being dishonest because the person will see you face to face without makeup eventually and you would have to explain what happened to your flawless complexion. WHen taking a face shot in beauty mode it makes your skin look great but detail from hair and your eye color go the way of the dodo bird, again just in general not recommended unless you want to take photos without makeup and still look human.

I have tried 4 2010-2011 point and shoot models 2 I got from Costco as that is where I bought all of my great performance point and shot cameras and then this being the 2nd from Amazon. It seems to me that no matter what brand that any camera that has above 10 megapixels (which is sufficient for photo editing by the way as previously mentioned) that anything above this 10 Megapixel that combines with a digic 4 processor EVERY photo has lossssssssss of detail.
I really want a point and shoot that I can carry around with me and also use indoors to take candids of my Russian Peterbalds and friends etc and video on the fly of my baby cousins that is good quality and I am desperate to find something of equal quality to my old canon powershot elph sd 890is or better as it is on it very last limbs from constant constant dropping lol, yet I am unable to find a suitable replacement that is equivalent or superior........

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Initial post: Jun 21, 2011 12:13:35 AM PDT
T. C. Ta says:
...and another unintelligible review.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 4:45:00 PM PST
Spunyad says:
Awesomely funny review! Moar!

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 3:17:00 PM PST
P. Baird says:
How much did your other cameras cost - are those costs comparable to around $100.00 - in other words, are u comparing apples to oranges or what?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2012 6:26:11 PM PST
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Posted on May 31, 2012 11:30:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2012 3:34:48 PM PDT
Douglas Dick says:
I hate to break it to you, but the Canon Rebel XS is not a professional level camera. From Canon's own website, "we see the Rebel XS as the bridge to help photographers cross over from the world of point-and-shoot cameras to digital SLR technology, said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A." It is an Entry Level Digital SLR.
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