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Canon - PowerShot SX530 16.0-Megapixel HS Digital Camera - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Freaking Good for a first DSLR

    Posted
    MinuteManMike
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    This is a fantastic piece of machinery that whirs as it is on. That is just how well made it is. Because this is my first camera, I had nothing in my expectations of this camera except for pretty good quality pictures. Now I will make life simple and start with the pros: ________ Good Stuff: - This camera has a wide range of options and filters to play around with including the fish-eye and miniature effects.You will definatley see yourself testing out exactly how to make use of these filters. - the different modes of shot composition are also another thing to explore with this camera and a good experience make in point and shoot photos allowing for adjustment of your apecture, exposure, and shutter speed. - Love the wi-fi connectivity that comes along with the camera. Makes connecting to various computers and phones easy, especially if your a person without the correct connection cords and SD card ports. -Takes pretty impressive video and works beautifully in the day time for both photos and videos. - Rechargable battery has to be one of the best and time saving aspects of the camera (unless all DSLRs come with that, I don't really know since it is my first one and I had no expectations) - The sound recording on the camera is decent but hey, a camera is meant to primarily capture visuals, not audio. - Zooming is something that you will love on this camera. i got to take a picture of the oon in detail for the first time. Freaking awesome and you should try it. - Speaking of the battery again, pretty generous life span it has before needing another charge _______ Bad Stuff: - Does not take very good photos in low light with a great amount of grains on the image. Had a problem with that. - Sometimes videos, especially ones shot in the dark, will appear great on the camera during playback, but appear a lot darker when input to the computer causing misleading video capture - Generally speaking, the hd capture really only takes in the daytime. - Brightness of the LCD display is not really dynamic and will, if you are me, be too bright even in the lowest setting. I would advice not looking at the screen too long in low light. - Unfortunately, and I wish it did, but does not come with any connection cables or starter memory.( I guess you might not count this as a con just that I would have liked it to help me out a little being my and some others' first time) - Cannot conect to camera without wi-fi available which does pose a problem to me. Example--O-O--O-O--O-O--O-O--O-O--O-O--O-O--O Let is say you are outside far away from any connections, and your zoomed in on a far off object. (for me it was the moon) When zoomed in greatly slight movements can be the biggest pushes to shot. So even trying to push the button to take the shot, it will push to camera, pushes the shot, and having you use burst shots until you get the right one getting you to end up looking through 20 to 50 photos of the perfect one. . . ALLLLLLLL instead of being able to hook it up to your phone and press a button to take the photo. I don't really know if techonology is there yet, though it was, but hey. Conlusion------ I am probably not remembering everything, but this camera is amazing and it is worth the buy. Enjoy yourselves with this thing. Just make sure to grab some memory before you starting flinging it around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good beater camera for trips with kids

    Posted
    FurbabyZ

    After choosing between this and another brand's similar camera I ended up getting this camera for a trip to France because the price was right and I wanted something better than my phone that was cheap enough I could toss it in my purse and let my 9 year old use. It's very lightweight. It takes decent photos. In the right conditions the photos are much better than a phone. In hurried and bright light or low light conditions they're about equal to a phone. I haven't had time to read the manual and really play with the settings (or try wifi upload), but if you need this camera for hobbies (like putting pics up on a website for your small business) it is probably great. It takes fine pics in museums and natural light settings. Battery life was very good. But there are some drawbacks. The main drawback is the viewfinder. There isn't one. You have to use the digital display. That almost made me buy the other brand but that brand had lens error problems so I went with Canon. And unfortunately, reviewers who said you can't see the viewfinder in bright light are correct. It's not completely opaque but you can't see well enough to know to make ANY adjustments to the settings. You will be able to see just enough to know what you're framing and that's it. Forget composing with light, focus, etc. If this camera had a real viewfinder I'd give it five stars. Another drawback (and maybe I'll figure out how to fix this when I read the manual) is that even when the flash is off, a little light shines onto your subject. NOT COOL in the Louvre. So, I used my finger over the light to avoid being the doofus shining lights on the priceless works of art. And lastly, the battery life is great BUT when low battery does start flashing you don't have much time left. I wish it would flash sooner so I could get through the day and then charge. As it was the battery warning came on and then the camera crapped out within hours. (In case you are wondering, yes the batter charger can handle voltage in Europe--you just need an adapter, not a converter). It's not a great camera, and NOT comparable to a DSLR. But it's fun and easy to use and I'm satisfied with what I got for the price. It is a great camera for kids 8 and up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great telephoto, ok picture quality

    Posted
    havanajoe8
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    I generally use a Samsung NX300 as the picture quality is outstanding, especially with the 45mm lens, and I also have a Canon SX170 for times when I want something smaller to carry around, but neither give me much of a telephoto range for taking long-distance pictures. I was asked to take some pictures of a charity event at a local golf course so I used that as an excuse to shop for a super-zoom. I liked the look and smallish size of the SX530 so I picked one up at my local Best Buy. I’m generally pleased with this camera; there is no question that the 50X zoom got me some pictures that I would not have got with either of my other cameras. The image stabilization is very helpful at the long end, but you still need a steady hand to avoid blur. Picture quality overall is not quite as good as I had hoped- I found that the best pictures came from using Program mode with -1/3 exposure compensation and vivid colors, but the camera still has a tendency to overexpose in bright light, and colors appear to be slightly off, especially greens which look slightly yellow. The picture quality is not terrible, and I DID manage to get some good pictures, but nothing exceptional. Unfortunately this is to be expected with a small sensor, nothing beats a large sensor for getting accurate colors. Image quality aside, the camera is quite easy to use. I found the settings and menu to be logical and almost identical to my Canon SX170. WI-Fi is a great feature but was a bit tricky to setup initially. I had to refer to the manual and it took me a few tries to get the settings right, but now it’s a breeze to save pictures to my PC. I also paired this camera with my iPhone and I can use the iPhone to control the camera and take pictures, as well as save pictures from the camera to my iPhone. It’s a bit of a gimmick as obviously the iPhone can’t move the camera, only move the lens, but it’s still fun. I can see using it to take pictures of the moon if using a tripod, maybe, but beyond that it’s just for fun. Overall I’d say this camera is great IF you find that you need the zoom range, and are willing to accept pictures that can be good but rarely great; it’s a good option for a second camera for vacation or sightseeing, but would not be a good option for a primary camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A step Above the point and shoot

    Posted
    Kooldude
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    Canon Power Shot SX530 HS Camera. I wanted a camera with a long range 50x zoom. This one works great. It does come with a neck strap but not a wrist strap. I would recommend getting a soft case to wear when out. It does not come with a USB upload cable for your computer, which I personally prefer a hard wire vs wifi. It does have wifi though. But I ordered a USB cable (about $6 plus shpg) that works great. I also ordered an HDMI cable online ($10 plus shpg) for TV hookups to show pictures. The written instructions are fairly comprehensive. But, the instructions lacked the simple instructions for one to simply hookup the camera to a HD tv. I figured it out with the AV setting. Guess one is just supposed to know this. The photo timer works great. The quality of photos is very very 16 pixel good for this camera. I bought 4-pack of extra batteries and an extra charger. It comes with one battery and a wall charger. But, does not come with an SD card. I bought extra non Canon batteries online for about $14 plus shpg. They seem to work well.. but I will have to try them awhile. Canon Extra batteries are expensive online. I got extra batteries, So... when I'm out I will have more than enough power and can double charge simultaneously with two chargers in a motel room to save charging time. Takes about 30min to an hour to charge up batteries. I didn't want to spend extra valuable vacation time trying to charge up batteries. I found an extra charger (like new) for about $10 online. The Camera has a large view screen which I like. It has many many specialty features... many which I may rarely use. Ck out the user manual for features online, and also You Tube video reviews. Overall, I feel this camera for the average family use will much more than suffice for both quality videos and photos. It also has slideshow capability. It carries a standard SD card. I bought a Samsung 32gb to start, which some reviews say will hold about 3000 to 4000 photos. I expect to buy a larger SD card to keep from running out of photo/video space while traveling. It seems to be a very good camera for family use. Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great beginner camera and great tool 2 learn from

    Posted
    Happysammy

    Great camera for beginner, a great tool to learn from. My wife bought this camera without asking me, asked my opinion after purchase. I consider my level to be pro in photography. I was pretty happy with what this camera can do, I have added 2 pictures I took, unedited jpeg file. The one with colored leaf and one green leaf with blurred background (Bouquet shot). It can take good day light pictures with good sharpness and color saturation at low ISO. The only thing I din't like was: There is no viewfinder, we need to use the LCD screen to view and take pictures, this drains the battery soon, the other gripe I have is, no raw file, it just takes jpeg, which leaves us with narrow dynamic range for editing (post production). Beside that, WiFi is a bonus. we got camera at a discounted price for black Friday, so It was a good deal, we are happy with the purchase. Camera is good for a beginners and a great tool to learn from, I spend some good dollars to learn photography with old film cameras where you develop the role to find out how you did, expensive trial and error method.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Simply Advanced Point and Shoot

    Posted
    Skylerbone
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    There are a host of positive adjectives that come to mind in regards to Canon's SX530, the first of which is versatile. More than a basic point and shoot, Canon offers you manual modes, useful auto modes, and a hi def camcorder in a lightweight package. A few years ago I ditched my digital camcorder and camera in favor of my smartphone for the sake of portability, but really missed the image quality my stand alones offered. Snapping pictures or 2 minute videos of the kids meant knowing they would be ants, indistinguishable from classmates. Maybe I've matured a bit or more likely I'm sick of missing memories far too often, so I once again chose Canon to capture them for me. Intuitive interface, clear labeling, and much easier to hold than an oddly shaped camcorder, I snapped more than 200 photos my first weekend. If you're looking for a great camera with real zoom capability, first class ergonomics and picture quality, the SX530 is a bargain at any price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for a beginner

    Posted
    HappyCustomer
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    This was the first camera I've purchased in years. I have to say, it's simple and straightforward to use and understand. It has just a bit more ability than I have know-how, but that makes me feel like I got the right amount of bang for my buck. It takes wonderful pictures in any light. It has a 50x zoom which is wonderful. I'm taking pictures I never would have imagined I could have with a point and shoot. Then, when you factor in its' 200x optical zoom, you're really getting something special. Granted, the clarity at that level is not great, and you need very steady hands or a secure surface, but the fact that you have that tool at your disposal is shocking. An example; my wife and I recently drove to the top of Mt Washington in NH (elevation 6,288 ft.). From the summit I was able to zoom in and photograph the lodge at the base. The additional pictures we were able to take with 100 miles of visibility were also great. Similarly, camping in the Adirondacks; I was able to take basic shots of camp, stunning shots of smoke on the water in the early morning, and beautiful, vibrant shots of sunrises and sunsets over the lake. I'm not a photographer, but this camera sure makes me feel like one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera and optical lense 4 price

    Posted
    Jr1914
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    This camera has blown me away. If you are looking for a camera to take pictures quickly like point and shoot yet still want the ability to zoom closer this camera is for you. If you are looking for a camera that allows you to control shutter and focus and zoom up to 50x optical and change amount of light in your shots iso 100-6400 and still pay less than $300 than this camera is 4 you. Did I mention the camera has WiFi capability so you can transfer your foots and videos to your cell phone and laptop wirelessly?! Also has an app you can use your phone to control your camera hands free and take pictures! That's one of my favorite features on this camera. I have had it for 5 months now and still works great. It uses a rechargeable battery, and comes with its own charger. Battery life is really good and charge time is not long. This camera is a bridge between a point and shoot camera and an expensive slr camera that professionals use. For the price and all of the options that this camera has and the quality of the photos one can take, I highly recommend this camera to evetyone, looking to start photography hobby or wanting more than what you get from your cell phone camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Malfunctioned immediately

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    Dullhawk
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    The camera was really impressive... at first. The zoom was amazing, everything was easy to use. But then after a few days went by the trouble began. The first sign was that the battery was dead the first time we actually took the camera anywhere to use it. Not a good beginning. Then we discovered the reason for the dead battery: the camera won't stay off, but keeps turning itself back on. It beeps when it turns itself on and displays the most recent photo (or says "no image" if it has been cleared). When it does this it is hard to get it turned back on to take photos. Canon tech support suggested a fix. It didn't work, and now the camera is malfunctioning even worse- none of the control buttons work consistently. The camera was a gift, and now I feel horrible for giving someone a gift that doesn't work. I wish Canon or Best Buy would seem enthusiastic to fix my problem, but Canon's only offer was to mail it back to them at my expense, and I called both the national Best Buy number (and couldn't make heads or tails out of the menu options) and the nearest store (90 miles away) and languished on hold forever before giving up. Some relatives are going to be near the closest store in a couple of weeks, and they have agreed to try to exchange the camera. I'm hoping that goes more smoothly than the experience so far.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good camera for experienced photographer

    Posted
    klm1948
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    Overall I really love this camera but there are a couple things I'd change about it. One, the lens cover doesn't automatically pop off when you turn the camera on--very annoying if you're used to a camera that pops it off. I would also like to see some of the basic functions like the Light Metering in Program Mode being easier to get at quickly, to adjust to shooting conditions. The time from pressing the shutter button to the aperture opening is instantaneous---a major drawback of older Canon cameras, which I'm really happy they've improved! The colors are really good, the photos clear and sharp even at full zoom handheld, without a tripod. With a tripod they're even better--I've been able to get fantastic moon photos!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for a beginner!

    Posted
    Sunshine
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    I bought this camera on the recommendation of a Best Buy employee. I explained that I wanted to be able to videotape a Christmas play and also take pictures. He assured me that it could do both. However I did not get the complete manual just a quick start manual initially. I had to call the company for a full manual and was asked did I want it in normal print or large print because it was printed per request. I of course ask for large print and was sent the tiniest book with words that couldn't have been any tinier. I also learned during the taping of the play that this camera only recordes up to 4 gigabytes at one time the camera would then have to be restarted. so without knowing this ahead of time we were not prepared to be ready to push the record button again and there are several missed areas in the play. However I will say that I got this camera too close to the date that I needed it and did not have enough time to review the quick start manual fully nor get online to be sure of how this camera worked. Overall is a very nice camera and I am happy with it I just wish I had more information about the camera initially with the camera instead of waiting for 4 weeks for the full manual.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera, Great Zoom

    Posted
    JasonDavis
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    Having had the original PowerShot series, this camera has come a long way, yet not changed at all. Starting with the weight and ergonomics, the body is still made out of plastic but doesn't feel cheaply manufactured. The optics are great and at length, even with digital zoom, the images are usable. Onboard flash is bright enough to illuminate the field as well as modeling flash to assist focus. Menu is just as it has been save more features and better navigation. One feature of note is the wireless capability. The wireless interface works between the camera and free downloaded app. Once the app is downloaded you connect the camera via Wifi and then launch the app, the camera is found and once the app locks on the camera, it just works, fast and reliably. Images can be filtered through and downloaded directly to your phone in full resolution and not a low res preview. I know this is nothing new but coming from a system that can be finicky in basically unsupported, this simple wireless system is very appreciated. If you're on the fence between this system and another system, and you want to set your camera on auto and get great exposures this one is a great entry level system to get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Camera!!!

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    CanonPictures21
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    I bought this camera 3 weeks ago for a wedding I was going to and to take celestial pictures (i.e. moon phases, stars, meteor showers, etc.). So far, this camera has not disappointed one bit. I'm still learning how to mess with some of the features. My cousin, who is a professional photographer, was actually impressed by the camera. The only issue she had with it was the lack of a viewfinder but I definitely do not mind this at all. If that is a feature you are looking for the SX50 HS has a viewfinder. The app works great with my phone and the camera. I can take pictures from the app. It works well with the WiFi transmitted from the camera. This feature is also great if you instantly want to text or upload your high quality image and share with friends and family. The battery life is great! I've been able to take pictures for 3 days continously without charge. When taking pictures every other day, the battery lasted me around 5 days. I don't know how long batteries usually last on cameras of these types but this is enough for me. Overall, this camera is a great buy (beginner or not) unless if you are looking for one with a viewfinder. At that point, I would refer you to the SX50 HS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Happy camera owner/user!

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    301cortez
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    The camera was mentioned by a friend who owns a similar Fuji. After reading many reviews I purchased and found it performs as reviewers wrote. I was most interested in the superzoom and auto/snapshot functions for primarily nature photography and the light weight for packing on long hikes. It was put to the test touring Hawaii and I'm extremely happy with the results/performance. The light/almost featherweight is a big plus. If negatives noted by other reviewers such as not so good in low light conditions and no viewfinder are important to a prospective buyer then one might look for a product that better suits those needs. The wifi function for transferring photos can be a little confusing and time consuming however I had success while in lodging where multiple routers seemed to cross signals in different rooms of our unit. None of the above mentioned negatives were deal breakers for me. A simple fix for viewing the screen in bright sunlight, add a pop up screen protector (you'll need it). Also recommended, a lens hood. It would rate 5 stars if a USB cord and and a pro type neck strap were included. This camera produces outstanding pictures and is a great buy/value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Broke the First Day

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    traveltimer
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    I purchased this camera to take on a trip to Asia. I was hoping that the long zoom on this camera would be a good replacement for my heavy DSLR and multiple lenses that I usually take with me. I did a couple of short trial sessions in my home and backyard and everything seemed fine. However, the first day on my trip, the camera started to malfunction. Every time I tried to zoom, even just a little bit, the screen would go to black and I would get a message about lens zoom error and the camera would shut down. The camera was brand new and I kept it in a padded case the whole time so it's not like there was dust or dirt stuck in the lens. I have never dropped the camera either. Despite multiple attempts to fix it, the problem persisted. Best Buy agreed that it was a problem with my camera and I was luckily able to return it. I decided against trying again. I didn't like that it doesn't have a view finder. I could barely see the screen to take a picture in both bright and partial sunlight. The picture was very shaky, even when attempting to do a mid range zoom. Overall, I had a poor experience with this camera.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Its a great beginners camera

    Posted
    Shay
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    Im a huge Nikon fan when it comes to dslrs. When it comes to point and shoot cameras canon does great. I got this camera because my other point and shoot camera broke and this one is a step into dslrs. Its a great price too. I had it for a while then got bored with it. You are able to take great pictures of the moon and outside pictures are good too. But when it comes down to it this camera will only be great for a little bit and you will want and need more in a camera. I recently got a nikon d5300 and its the best investment i have made its easy to use and still have a lot to learn and definitely wont get bored with it for a long time. If you are just looking to take simple photos this is the camera for you. But if you're looking for something that will produce great photos and will keep you interested in learning more go for the d5300

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for an advanced intermediate.

    Posted
    Angelina
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    Bought this camera for my daughter who has an interest in art and can use the camera to take reference pictures for the art that she will then draw or paint. This camera does take excellent pictures and has an incredible zoom feature. I thought that this camera would be a little bit easier to use than it is; which is both good and bad. While we were looking for an easy to use camera, this camera is much harder to use than regular point and shoot models. We took this on a trip and without any practice or reading any of the manual resorted to using an older, easier to use camera for most of the trip. We should have taken some time to have gotten to know the camera before just trying to use it on such an important trip. While we were disappointed with not being able to fully utilize the camera's features, we are excited to learn all that this camera has to offer and it is a lot. This camera can do so much and it has a terrific price point. It is a great value for your money and I would recommend it for anyone with more than a passing interest in taking quality pictures.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!!

    Posted
    nicksgarage88
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    I was looking for a camera with long zoom and had specific requirements that the camera had to have. I wanted long zoom, lithium rechargable battery, wi-fi/NFC and a well known brand name. I had a smaller Samsung camera before this one and it broke within 2 years of light use, but it had a lot of nice options in it that I didn't want to lose. I had found this camera and instantly wanted it. It had all the options I wanted it to have. The only downside was the near $300 price. Thankfully I procrastinated and kept looking for something cheaper. Then this went on sale for $230 on black Friday and I instantly went and bought it. And I'm glad I got it too because it's been great!!! I haven't really had any good opportunities to actually put it to real good use, but I've just messed around and took some random pictures with it and they came out awesome!!! The long zoom is great, and works great too! If using a tripod, they will come out crystal clear 99% of the time. I really can't wait until spring when the weather gets warmer so I can go out and put this camera to use and really see what it can do!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Craters on the moon

    Posted
    JeansLady
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    I am thrilled with this camera. I didn't have a lot of money and I didn't want a camera that was cumbersome and difficult to use. This camera has lots of adjustments and programming choices. I'm beyond happy with it. It's very comfortable in my hands. I got it in large part because of the 50x zoom since I photograph a lot of nature and many subjects are tiny. I can photograph wildlife from a distance so I don't scare them away by needing to get too close. The thing that guaranteed my purchase was that I have been able to get detailed pictures of the moon which clearly show the tiny craters. The moon photos totally blow my mind. I couldn't be happier with this camera, especially since the price was very reasonable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overall good camera but with a couple of downsides

    Posted
    Lizl
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    Replaced Canon PowerShot SX150 IS with newer model as SX150 is no longer available. The SX530 has increased zoom capability and more megapixels, but seems to have trouble focusing when trying to zoom in from a distance, so I often cannot get a clear shot: this never happened with the SX150, which got phenomenal shots, including action ones (figure skating being a good example). The other downside is that the lithium battery only lasts for about 200-250 photos, a capability that is considerably less than the SX150 which used AA batteries which would last weeks and take hundreds of photos, not a few hours and only about 200 pictures. A good camera, but despite increased technical capabilities, the old camera was superior in capturing clear close-ups, in battery life, and in ease of use.

    I would recommend this to a friend