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Canon PowerShot S230 3 Megapixels and Smaller
Compact Digital Still Camera with Built-in Flash, 2x Optical Zoom
Submitted by a Intermediate from Toronto
Date Reviewed: November 6, 2003
Strengths: It's small size meant that you could take it anywhere - you could put it in your pocket (but sometimes I'd forget it was there)
Weaknesses: The opening/closing of the lens makes the worst sound, you'll know what I mean. Thank god it was the last day of my trip, but I got some sand in the lens mechanism and the camera became FUBAR, it wouldn't even turn on or let me review any pics. I got an estimate to get it fixed, but more than half the price I paid for the camera, so now it is a piece of junk sitting on my desk.
I bought this camera to take with me to New Zealand and Australia and it was amazing - small, easy to use, durable (for the most part - more on that later) and user-friendly. Battery life was great as well, and the vivid mode made pictures really stand out.
Price Paid: $620.00
Purchased At: Best Buy
Submitted by njs93 a Beginner from Mountain View
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2003
Strengths: Ease of use, portability, design, easy to upload images
Weaknesses: Zoom, shutter speed
This camera was recommended to me by a beginner as well as a pro-level photog for different reasons. Size and design make this camera attracive and easy to use anywhere in most any situation. Images up to 2x zoom are clear. There is a healthly sized user-manual for those who like to tinker with the manual settings. As previous reviewers have mentioned, the digital zoom gets a little blurry when exceeding 2x and the shutter speed is a little slow. But considering that I'm finding weaknesses means that I'm learning about the art of photography and adds to the fact that this camera has sparked my interest in photography more-so than ever. I'm delighted with this camera given my experience level and I feel like I can grow into it. Purchasing this camera has inspired and enabled me to take more photos than I ever have in the past.
Duration Product Used: 0-1 years
Price Paid: $399.00
Purchased At: B&H Photo online
Similar Products Used: N/A
Type of photography: People
Submitted by Derrick Kngiht a Intermediate from Ft Lauderdale , FL USA
Date Reviewed: July 15, 2003
Strengths: Size, durability, picture clarity, battery life, and overall design style.
Weaknesses: No case, low memory, no A/C Adaptor
I generally like to exercise my Nikon N90(35mm)because of the picture quality. However, my need was for a very small, durable, compact camera that is pocket friendly. This unit is just that! It takes outstanding pictures for a unit that size; at times the pictures look almost as good as my 35mm. I also love the fact that I now have the ability to catch more spontaneous photos of people and various situations. For that, this camera is worth it’s weight in gold! I highly recommend this camera, besides, you cannot go wrong with Canon!
Duration Product Used: 6-10 years
Price Paid: $288.00
Purchased At: Click for Digital
Similar Products Used: Sony DSP-7 and DSP-9, Olympus Stylus 300
Type of photography: Other
Submitted by Tim a Intermediate from Florida
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2003
Strengths: menu's are easy to get to, 9 point auto focus, capable of long shutter (good for low light and fire works!) decent pictures with full digital zoom, quick playback zoom, great videos and pictures on your tv for showing family,and last but not least, it's Really small!!
Weaknesses: kinda slow start up, plastic cf card door and battery door, slow shutter speed when flas isn't on,
I've owned this camera for a couple of weeks, I've had many other digital cameras in teh past, but I am verry pleased with this one. It takes great macro shots and you can get verry close to your sybject (around 3/4 inches) I'm impressed in the acuarcy in colors with the pictures. the 640x480 videos are great and have a high fps, only 30 seconds (wish there was a way bipass that one) like the sony dsc-p32 you can take unlimited amount of video at 640x480 but the quolity is'nt as good.
Duration Product Used: 2-5 years
Price Paid: $399.00
Purchased At: BestBuy
Similar Products Used: sony dsc p32, powershot a300
Type of photography: People
Submitted by Wil a Intermediate from Exeter, NH, USA
Date Reviewed: June 18, 2003
Strengths: Size, durability, picture quality for a 3.2 meg.
Weaknesses: Slow shutter speed. Limited zoom.
Awesome camera for the money, size of equipment and ease of use. Throw it in your purse or diaper bag and you're off. Shutter speed is a little slow - so timing is important. Note, shutter speed on digital cameras under 5 meg (i.e. lower end) will be a little slower. If you want speed on candid shots, stick with 35 mm.
We've been very pleased.
Similar Products Used: Fuji Fine Pix.
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