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Canon - PowerShot ELPH 180 20.0-Megapixel Digital Camera - Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 1187 reviews

92%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice camera for the price

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    OrangeT
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    Small and easy to carry, good quality still photos, video not quite as good, sometimes loses focus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

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    CruzC
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    Poor camera quality, too long to capture or focus.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Bad choice

    Posted
    Willy
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    Images are not sharp seems to have difficulty in focus I will trash this one and spend the Xtra $$ to get the quality desired My own fault went cheap

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I get some blurries

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    Pianoman
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    I love how easy it's to use. I love it's small size and features. What I don't like is that some of my pictures aren't always in focus. Most of them are, but 1 out of 10 or so I get an out of focus pic. I'm not sure if there Is something I could be doing better, but I have it set to auto focus and I get a few fore blurries then I'd care to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    IPhone camera is better

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    bassed28
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    I bought this thinking it would be nice to have a point and shoot for occasions where I can't bring my DSLR... I couldn't get a good focus even with stationary subjects in good lighting. I don't like the camera on my iPhone, but it takes way better pictures than this did.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Focusing constant problem, blurry pics

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    Diane
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    I should have heeded the reviews Most unreliable camera I have ever owned, will never buy a canon product again. Bought it because my other canon started having problems...it was a great camera and had for quite a while so buying another Canon seemed like a no brainer...wrong! Very dissappoiunted. One star too much.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for Basics

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    Anon
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    Nice compact camera. The focus isn't very fast or accurate for the photos that you take. But it works well and so far seems good. I like having the battery chargeable outside the camera and not through a cord. There is a space for a cord (it is hidden) but a cord doesn't come with the camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cheap point-and-shoot gets the job done

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    JaySnow
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    I bought this as a present for my girlfriend and she likes how it's cheap so she can just stuff it in her bag and not worry about scratching it. The pictures it takes are definitely much better than cell phone quality. I was hoping we could shoot some decent videos with it, but the video feature is absolutely terrible! It loses focus for no reason, and has no way to trigger the autofocus during filming! You have to stop recording, refocus in still camera mode, and then start recording again. It's sad that my phone takes much much better videos than this does.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy this camera if you want quality photos.

    Posted
    Cobra
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    I use this camera for work and this one was an upgrade from the last two I purchased. All in all I've tried at least a half a dozen or more of these cameras thinking this One is a lemon. Although I'm rough on it, right out of the box 30% of the photos you'll take are not in focus. Even with a fresh battery sometimes it takes quite a while to recover when using the flash. If you want speed and quality this camera is not for you. This Appears to be common with all of the lower to mid range Canon products. I'm sure Canon knows these issues exist and would love for you to buy a $700-$1000 camera although they should fix these issues if they want to stay in the market with the common user.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't Buy this camera

    Posted
    AnneW

    I was shocked at the poor quality of this Canon Elph 180 -- I have an older model Elph that works great. But this new model is a piece of junk. The first one I bought was defective and wouldn't focus; the AUTO mode made the focus jump all over the place. I took it back to Best Buy and exchanged it for another (same model). This one didn't work at all -- wouldn't even turn on. It is so lightweight and plastic-y that it feels like a toy. And it doesn't even come with a USB cord! My old one did. The guy in the B.B. camera dept was shocked that I had to return the 2nd one, too. This time I bought a Nikon Coolpix and it's fine. Canon, you have really gone downhill in quality.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good starter camera

    Posted
    Tusker

    I purchased this camera about two weeks ago and have been putting it through a daily pace of photographic assignments. First of all, let's get my biases out of the way. I've been an avid amateur photographer for over thirty years and have always loved doing it my way; that is figuring out f-stops, shutter speeds, light meters, bracketing exposures...the whole nine yards, both in filmand digital. But I needed a fairly basic point and shoot following a recent trip to Fort Lauderdale, FL, so when I got back, I purchased the Canon Elph 180 and saved my digital SLR for the more serious stuff. So let's get down to facts: The Good: The Canon 180 is a good starter camera for the person who just wants to simply take pictures, which is what it does. 80 percent of the images I took were of good to excellent quality. 15 percent were slightly or greatly out of focus, either due to me being to close for the autofocus to work or from slow shutter speeds. Once I learned to back off and zoom in to frame the picture, the autofocus did its job fine. Some of the images were a little undersaturated, but any good photo imaging program can remedy that. The 5 percent were low light shots that were grainy due to the high ISO speeds, probably some camera noise, some jpeg compression, and low light conditions. The Bad: Often times when zooming in, like close-ups of flowers and small objects, I noticed the image in the viewfinder moves quite a bit with the slightest bit of camera movement, which makes it hard to frame a shot. I don't know if something like image stabilization would help in this situation, but seeing this is a beginner's camera, I'm a little puzzled why Canon didn't incorporate this into the 180. Also an aperture priority/shutter priority setting vs. the Program mode would have been nice. The Ugly: Canon, don't be so chintzy. Make the box a little bigger and enclose a REAL instruction manual instead of having to download it off the internet. If you're home with your camera, fine. But if you're on the Appalachian Trail, hiking, and you need to refresh your memory, it's hard to deal with a pdf file while lugging your 80 pound backpack in the backcountry. Yeah, you can say, "Print it and take it with you." but who wants to mess with a bunch of stapled together pages vs. a nice compact manual. 'Nuff said! Conclusion: The Canon 180 is a good starter camera for those who want to take just family and vacation pictures. It's not exactly "perfektion und qualitat" and it won't make you the next Ansel Adams, but for the average person who just wants good shots, the 180 will fit the bill.

    I would recommend this to a friend