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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 1179 reviews

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  • 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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very basic point & shoot w/ matching performance

    Posted
    RusselB
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    We bought this camera for my 10 year old son to take with him to a sleep away camp. We have owned Cannon Elph products in the past and found them to be excellent cameras. This camera has a body that feels more flimsy and less sturdy than previous cameras. Additionally, the wait time on taking a photo (especially compared to my iPhone) seems excessive. I am not sure why this is. But the outcome is that rather than taking 2, 3, 5 photos in rapid succession, each photo takes 2-3 seconds to snap. My guess is that the processor and internal components are simply very low cost compared to the build of an iPhone and that they just don't have comparable performance. I would be curious to compare to more expensive point and shoot cameras because there are some features (such as zoom) that could potentially be nice to have versus a phone camera. One other thing that concerns me about this is that the battery life seems somewhat limited. It wouldn't be bad if I could charge it via a USB connection battery, but the only way to charge it is via A/C adapter. This means either buying an extra battery to carry or waiting until I find an outlet. Perhaps my expectations are too high for a camera with a $100 price point.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Snapshot lived short

    Posted
    mexicansenorita86
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    My camera broke on me on my second day. When i went to use the camera the second day it would not open the shutter more then 1/3 of the way. I have a 2 yr warrenty that i got with the camera as extra protection since i was going on a trip. I am thankful i have that because i still need to get it fixed. I am highly DISSATISFIED that this product did not get to be used more than 30 minutes of the duration of my 5 day trip. I never had an issue with a camera before till this. I used the camera the first day. The zoom i loved. I liked the lightness of the camera as well. While on my trip i kept it IN its box and the bubblewrap when i had it with me without the box. I made sure the camera would not get bumped or scratched and still managed for it to break on me. When i went to use it the second day is when i realized the shutter would not open all the way. I tried everything i could think (restarting, taking the battery out) of with no success to fix the problem. I viewed my photos on the camera the first night I used it with no issues. This issue frustrated me for the rest of my trip and left me at a burden because this camera was my means to take photographs while on a trip with my father. This really makes me question if ANY canon camera is worth it and i am tempted to go back and ask for my money back knowing this camera seems to be poorly made.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy Warranty

    Posted
    NiaDJD
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    I purchased this camera for an upcoming trip to the Bahamas. I even spoke with several Best Buy Associates about the quality of the Camera. I would not purchase this camera again. It is very sensitive, water was spilled on the camera while Kayaking and it was completely destroyed. The battery blew out. The SD card was soiled mind you it was never submerged it water. The pixels itself are great but it has no recovery or save features. It does not backup SD card to cloud or any service which is expected with a camera of this price. I wouldn’t invest in a warranty or geek squad because it does not cover water damage. I would not even purchase an SD Card over 16GB, the camera will not last longer than 14 days itself hence Best Buy 14 day warranty. I purchased this one on 3/26 and it stopped working on 4/11/19 a little over 14 days.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Posted
    mahargg
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    Pictures this camera takes are OK, I guess. You can get some good shots, but the image quality is nothing to write home about. I'm usually participating in the group activities I'm photographing, so the size and functionality of this camera works well for what I'm doing. However, some images seem undersaturated to me, and things can go south if lighting conditions are less than ideal. Using a photo editing program can help with the shortcomings. I bought this camera to replace an ELPH 300HS that was maybe 5 years old that quit working. Not that much has changed (the old one was 12.1 megapixels with a 5x zoom). And I thought the old one took better pictures and video. By the way, a friend has an iPhone that takes better pictures than this camera.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet little point and shoot camera

    Posted
    EdTsinc
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    We love the handiness of the point and shoot cameras and find that this line of Canon is one of the best. We bought one for my wife and found her ability to carry it in her purse, whip it out when needed and produce good quality digital shots far surpassed the negatives when compared to my digital SLR. She was so happy with it that we bought one for my 9 year old granddaughter when she expressed an interest in her granny's camera. She loves it and so do we! Bonus: Best Buy's price was the best online or otherwise and we have a Best Buy store nearby that is incredibly handy to use! We highly recommend this sweet little point and shoot AND Best Buy, too!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Portable and rugged

    Posted
    Dave
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    This camera was purchased for a high school student traveling abroad. While my DSLR would have taken terrific photos, it would have been quite bulky for the student to carry. I went with the Canon brand, and have no regrets! The images that were captured were brilliant, vivid, and incredibly clear from this point and shoot. It has a rechargeable battery pack, and made it through several days' usage on a single charge. It survived being carried in a backpack along with other day-trip necessities, and performed every time. Great investment for capturing important memories!

    I would 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 would not 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very easy to use camera

    Posted
    Bernie
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    I am a Senior Citizen with a limited knowledge for digital things, when I read the review on this camera I thought it would be very easy for me to use. When I went to Best Buy to purchase this campers the salesman explained it was very easy to operate, I would have no problem useing it. Well I then decided to purchase it. He showed me which memory card would be best to use. This sales person was not a pushiest person which I liked. I would tell anyone if you want a camera that is easy to operate, slim in appearance then purchase this camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cheap point-and-shoot gets the job done

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better camera, but has some problems.

    Posted
    xfreakazoidx
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    This is maybe the best camera you can get short of buying a professional one that cost $1,000+. I had a version from about 3 years ago and since then this new version has come a long ways. It has ALOT more features for those who use the camera for more then just basic pictures. It even has more filters like "Miniature" mode, "Deformed" mode and so on. Which really make it fun to use. Only real complaints is It battery life seems a bit shorter though so I am always having to keep a second battery ready. And the screens seems smaller then before and its no longer a touch screen. With that in mind it doesn't really affect my view of it to much. Still takes amazing pictures!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Has been UN - reliable so far...hope it improves !

    Posted
    Motorama
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    The focus has been it's undoing so far ! It is very unpredictable .. About one out of three shots coms out in fair focus, while the rest are at about 90%. In two weeks of ownership it has stopped transferring images to my computer two times and then after much fiddleing around with settings, cable connections, cable replacements,, etc. it has restarted . So far I have been unsuccessful in tracing the culprit ! I'm not happy with my purchase , but it's a 120 mile round trip in bad weather and I'm 87 years old. I THINK THIS WAS A BAD BUY ! Bruce B.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Was expecting more

    Posted
    JohnB1970
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    Based on the positive reviews I'm expecting good auto focus and video out the gate but my Nexus 5x has better auto focus and sometimes takes better picture due to this. As far as video it's good quality but in mov (QuickTime format) this is format from back in 90' 2000 era's, mp4 is pretty much the standard format, so I have to convert all of recorded videos which is an inconvenience. I wish I researched this product a bit more because definitely wanted a camera that took better shoots than my current phone and some things that I assumed would be standard like having Wifi, so pictures automatically go to your phone are not on this model :( Still a good basic camera but if you have phone with a good camera then I would avoid this one.

    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 am 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

    Awful. One star is too many for this camera.

    Posted
    Cat123
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    I bought the camera in Sept 2018 and took it to Vietnam in Oct 2018. 10 days into an 18 day vacation the camera no longer worked. Took it to Best Buy and was told water damage. Vietnam is humid and this can be the only reason because the camera was not in liquid, not in rain, not had liquid on it. There were over 20 others on the trip and their camera's all worked. They used basic cameras (not Cannon), not basic cameras, phone cameras and ipads and all these worked for the entire trip. Only the Cannon ELPH 180 failed. I will not buy another Cannon product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    G.L.C. (Great Little Camera!)

    Posted
    Ellie
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    Fantastic camera we bought to replace a similar Canon that we had for several years. The camera's compact size and clarity of photos are our favorite features. The camera is easy to use, well made, the zoom feature is excellent, and it is a great alternative to taking photos with a cell phone! The only drawback we find is that since it's rather small, it would seem easy to drop it, so we'd recommend always having the included wrist strap around your wrist. This is a great little camera for the size. It was easy to find an appropriate padded case for it also!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Camera

    Posted
    grannyjo204
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    I was looking for a point and shoot camera. My old Canon broke but it was over 10 yrs old and held up well. Since this camera was very similar to my old one, I didn't have much trouble learning how to operate. It takes great photos. It is also fairly small and lightweight to carry. It has a wrist strap too. It does not come with a card. That is an extra purchase. That was a disappointment. More money to make it work. It does come with one battery. Overall, nice camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good quality pictures from easy to use camera

    Posted
    christmastree
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    This camera is a good size for travel and activities. It fits easily into a pocket, small purse, etc. It sits easily in the hand during use. It takes good quality pictures. The auto focus works well if you remember to wait the second it takes to focus. It works well in a variety of light settings. It has taken several great sunset/sunrise at sea photos. It is easy to recharge. The only criticism is that the zoom dial moves a bit too freely making it tricky sometimes to find the view you want.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this camera

    Posted
    Happy
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    I had the Cannon Sureshot camera that I bought in 2010 and loved it. But now that the zoom is coming better and better in the newer updated versions of the same camera I decided to get a new one. There is nothing wrong with my old one but the new one has a much better zoom. I intend to give the old one to my younger niece for her enjoyment. This is such an easy camera to use I can't imagine any other brand. The pictures come out fabulous!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great pictures but .....

    Posted
    sweetheart2
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    I bought this camera for a gift. The pictures are clear and you are able to zero in really well. There is one draw back, you have to buy a USB plug to download any pictures. I did purchase this on line for a $6.00 fee. Also the camera comes with a battery charger that you have to plug in the wall. This means you have to remove the battery to charge it and put it in the wall charger every time you want to charge the camera. I did call the manufacture and ask if you could charge it off your computer and they said "no this model is only made to use the wall charger that comes with it".

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend