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Canon - PowerShot ELPH 190 20.0-Megapixel Digital Camera - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 675 reviews

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great point and shoot camera

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    olvertroy
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    I have used this camera multiple times since purchase and it takes great photos for a point and shoot camera. My only complaint is the charging system, which requires you to take the battery out and plug it into the proprietary battery charging system. I had thought that you could use the usb data cable and plug it in to charge, but that will not work. This requires you to bring that additional accessory along with you or have multiple batteries, which usually isn't too big of a deal. Aside from that one issue, this item is definitely a good purchase. There are relatively few point and shoot cameras in this price range that also boast the 20 megapixel resolution that this does. -- This review allows only for photos to be uploaded with 5 mb or less of image size and the majority of the images that I have shot with this range between 7 mb and 12 mb, so I found 2 photos that were under this file size that were shot with the camera. They are definitely not the best ones that were shot, but may help. These were literally the only 2 I had that were under or equal to 5 mb.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice point and shoot camera with a few issues.

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    JimC
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    Camera is light, small, and fits nice in pocket. Starts up quickly. Most of the time in ‘Auto’ mode most of the features seem to work just fine. It finds faces, focuses, and tracks them well. Changes to ‘Macro’ for close ups. White balance under different lights keep whites white. The WiFi has not connected. Have tried twice about a half hour each time before giving up. The memory card fits slot on computer and that works just fine. My old camera has a dial to set basic ’Program’ settings; mountain, portrait, low light, fireworks, vivd color, etc… This camera you have to use the screen and ‘function’ button and then up, down, left, or right function to get to common program modes. Some settings are saved so with one button push you can get back to last setting, others are reset back to factory. My issue is the ‘mountain’ program setting which I use very often. First, it is not saved and you have to go thru about five button pushes to reset it. Second, the focus is not locked at ‘infinity’, its range is from 9 feet to infinity. Which means it keeps focusing on near objects. From inside my deck doors I know have many pictures of a deck railing in focus an out of focus deer in yard. Also from car I have an in focus guardrail and out of focus bear with cubs in field. There is a work around for the focus issue that takes only a few seconds but sometimes you just don’t have the time to push shutter half way and make sure it focuses on main subject; mountain setting should not need to find subject to focus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good basic camera, but software not user friendly

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    DiverDoug
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    This camera is a good basic camera. Takes a good picture, even in low light. The shutter lag is a little annoying. I have several premium DSLR cameras that record the frame the instant the shutter button is depressed. This camera has some lag, resulting in missed action shots. But it is compact and lightweight and easy to travel with, which is why I bought it. And, the price was great. Battery life is limited - you will need a second battery if you are going to take many pictures (50 or more) on one charge. Setting up the software for external communication is NOT USER FRIENDLY. I ended up going to Google for further explanations. In the end I can use my cellphone as a control device. Great, but so what? Finally, photo/video transfer by removing the chip and inserting into a computer is the ONLY way to transfer data. Any other means is just too slow!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the Price

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    mswhizz
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    I purchased this camera last minute simply because I was leaving on a cruise and couldn’t find my camera. Knowing that the misplaced camera will eventually turn up, I didn’t want to spend a lot but also wanted a decent camera for my trip and this fit the bill. It is smaller and lighter than the camera I can’t find at the moment which I enjoyed but it’s features are a little harder to access because they are somewhat buried in menus. It worked great as a point and shoot even without the additional features. I took the book with me but never got around to reading it. I played around and managed to find the settings I wanted but am sure it does way more if I would take the time to learn about it. I do like the 10X zoom and got some great pictures so all in all, I am pleased. I deducted one star simply because I prefer my other camera that has a dial for commonly used settings like macro, scenery etc so that you don’t have to waste time navigating thru menus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Simple Small Point & Shoot

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    Vegaz
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    I needed something small for a quick point and shoot. I already have a DSLR and wanted to use this a on the go camera for photos, but mostly for videos. Very light weight and simple to use. The zoom makes a lot of noise and is slow when recording. Focus can take some time before it fully focuses on subject. Great photo quality and video is at 720 not 1080. If it is, never found out how to change it (and I'm used to changing the quality formats on several devices). Good for your money if you just need to a small simple camera for quick shots. Fits easily in your pocket and in your hand. Would recommend for buying a camera for someone needing a camera to take on vacation or what not for a great price. But personally I would not recommend if they can afford something more higher quality. **Returned the camera due to it having streaks in the photos and videos from lights.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    GREAT PORTABLE CAMERA

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    JoeyT
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    Ok, so a few things regarding this camera. I really loved how compact it was and easy to take anywhere. It shot nice photos and the wifi transfers were super easy. I do wish they had different colors with the wifi capability but blue is all I saw available. Great point and shoot camera that I would recommend to anyone. The only thing I did not like was it did not have a panoramic shot setting!! I like to take photos of nature and things so it was something I really wished it had. It was quick to shoot photos and adjusted well but I really couldn't live without panoramic shots so that's why I couldn't stay with just this one. I'm not an avid photographer but I do like having that option. If you can live without panoramic shots then I totally recommend this camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Compact, BUT very powerful camera !!!

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    Hardiware
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    I have a large collection of DSLR and compact cameras. One of the top items I consider is quick focus and ability to take pictures very quick before the moment is gone. This is one of the best compact camera that does both. I never miss a shot of great moments. I just have to turn it on and within less than a second, i am already shooting. Great buy for the price. The wifi is awesome function. You can try those cameras before buying at Best Buy camera center (hope they are fully charged). They have quick and great auto focus. Great for trips rather than carrying a DSLR.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    ELPH 190 Very Nice Except for Macro Setting

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    MrAl
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    This camera is pretty nice and takes nice pictures but there is one slight problem. When you turn the camera off it remembers some settings but does not remember them all. Thus if i have to take a Macro shot, i have to go into the menu and scroll to the Macro setting EVERY time i turn the camera on. Unfortunate for me i use the Macro a lot so it is nuts. Everything else is very good about the camera however, takes nice pictures, a little better than my older A3100IS Canon. Zoom is better, wide angle is better, Movie picture size is larger and file format is smaller so less bytes for a movie. it would be the perfect camera if it remembered the Macro setting. I would recommend it to anyone that does not take a lot of Macro shots for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good camera.

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    Roberto
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    I have used this camera a couple times, around 340 pictures. It is doing pretty good, it has very good zoom, taking beautiful pictures even in moving targets, like a people, animals, even running car wheels. It is pretty awesome and easy to carry it. Battery life is good enough, I have charged twice for the 340 plus the erased ones. I just would like to have some more options for editing pics. Wifi works good as well, it was the main reason because we bougth the cam. For the price it is completely awesome small 20 pixels camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    My Samsung SIV takes better pictures

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    JPOB
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    Disappointing. I bought it because I wanted a dedicated camera so I could use my cell phone as a phone, for navigating, etc. I can't make this camera consistently take good photos, especially in varying lighting conditions. Any back lighting at all can be problematic irregardless of setting. Believe I have tried. Use your cell phone, bring a charger, buy an larger SD card for you phone or consider some other option. No point in buying this one. Who wants to look at a bunch of terrible photos. Did you ever see the King of Queens episode when Doug buys Carrie what he thinks is a great camera and then Carrie's boss gives her a better camera. Makes me laugh.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loyal to Canon

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    KindSir
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    This is our 3rd Canon camera purchased from Best Buy for my wife. She loves the compactness of the past two purchases, since the size is a convenient carry-along size. It is the size of a credit card wallet and fits into a pocket in her purse so that she doesn't need to hunt for it. Why a camera when the smart phone works just as well? When we travel, we can take thousands of pictures, not just hundreds. plus, the zoom permits some real decent shots just not capture-able by her Android. Oh, yeah, we are a bit traditional and just love this camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ideal for a special purpose I have

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    LeonardF2018
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    I use it for copying genealogical records for my family history. It is mounted on a board that is clamped on a microfilm viewer, the wide-angle lens is perfect to view the total image. A Sony app is available to remotely control the camera shutter, and images are automatically saved on a cellphone, tablet or PC. Unfortunately I have not been able to use the wi-fi camera app provided by Sony, the software is difficult to get working on a Samsung tablet. One problem is precisely zooming the lens with the tiny lever provided. I may have to provide a much larger control knob.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great little point and shoot

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    ManhattanMom
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    bought this camera for my 12 year old son for a trip to Morocco, because the MP were a bit higher than his iphone. We actually shared photo-taking and both found it to be a great lightweight point and shoot. The fact that we could upload his photos to his computer and his iphone was a bonus. We switched off between the camera and the iphone and upon return, I can say that the camera photos were actually of clearer quality. Excellent pocket camera with some zoom, light and easy to use. Definitely need a second battery as we took about 50-100 photos a day and liked to look at them when we had meals, so needed a second battery by day 3 and first battery was charging. Would recommend and buy again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It is an ok point and shoot camera

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    Deak
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    I like the Cannon cameras and needed a smaller camera that would fit in my wifes purse during vacation. She didn't want to carry her DSLR around everywhere. This little camera took ok pictures and was easy for her to use but we returned it to buy another canon point and shoot that was still small but took better pictures. New cannon is over 2x the cost of this one. If you are looking for something cheap that takes decent pictures then buy it... I should have spent the extra money up front because we are used to DSLR quality that you don't find in a nice compact point and shoot model.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, not so easy to set up

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    Toby
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    The camera is very simple to use and takes high quality photos. My difficulty is the same as other reviews have noted. Connecting to WI-FI was more difficult. I attempted to use the instructions in the manual for a WPA set up and failed each time. Also, the tree structure for the software did not match how the software was installed on my laptop. Fortunately, I had experience setting up wireless printers so I just added the device using my WPA password and was successful. After that, the downloading of the photos to my laptop was quite easy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    garbage

    Posted
    brendastarr
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    this camera has a rechargeable battery (only one came with the camera) that can only be used in this camera. The battery lasted less than a day. The connection to move the photos to the phone is extremely awkward. I have used 35m slrs for years, then I went to a Nikon point and shoot for travel. It was stolen so I looked for something that if got stolen, would not be the end of the world. I missed so many photos due to the short life of the battery. I will be tossing it away as I would not like it to ruin another vacation.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Takes great snapshots, but slow

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    Chris
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    I bought this to supplement my Nikon Coolpix 520, as I wanted something "pocketable." While it takes excellent photos, it does take noticeably longer to take a photo once the button is tripped. I suspect that is the image stabilization working, but not completely sure. Appreciate the built-in wifi feature...it's relatively simple to use, and I was able to capture some nice snaps of a hummingbird feeding using it. Overall, it's a good deal for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love my new point and shoot camera.

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    KrisJK
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    This is my 4th Canon Camera, 3 of those 4 have been point and shoot cameras. I'm still figuring it out, I love the zoom lense on it. I also love that I can connect to my iPhone or iPad via Wi-Fi and transfer the photos to them. So far I'm definitely satisfied with it's performance. The battery doesn't last as long as some of my previous cameras. I suspect the Wi-Fi connection and probably the video feature are why the battery seems to drain faster. If I had known I would have bought a second battery to keep charged so that when the battery ran down I could switch and keep using the camera. Aside from that I have no complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great vacation camera

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    ShannonE
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    I'm an amateur photographer but sometimes carrying around my big camera and various lenses is a pain, especially on vacation. So I bought this camera as a sub. I was surprised to learn I can it has many f the same setting my Canon 50D has. Plus, it has built in WiFi. I was able to send photos to my girlfriend after we got back home directly to her phone. Talk about a win-win! No need for cables or moving to the ol' Google Photos through my laptop. I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone who wants a small compact camera that has so many capabilities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use.Quality issues.clicking noise in video

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    Brazil
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    I have had Canon Powershots before because they are very easy to use and take nice pictures. This one however makes a "clicking" noise that when I brought back to Best buy, the tech squad told me was "normal"....it is NOT....I discovered a few months later when you are in video mode, you don't hear what you are videoing, you hear the "clicking noise" . Something is very wrong and now I'm out of the "return policy" with best buy and need to return the camera under the 1 year warranty which means I'll be camera-less indefinitely...so frustrating.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend