Upgraded from Canon A85
My wife has owned the Canon A85 for quite some time. Although it is a very nice camera, she wanted something a little smaller and something that would shoot faster to catch the little one in action.<p><p> "Attack of the Show" did a review on the SD1100 in February 2008 and loved it. After hearing all the nice things they had to say about it, I felt comfortable enough to buy one. The specs looked good on Canon's website and two months later BUY.COM had them available.<p><p> First impression: Nice and compact. Compared to the A85 (which isn't bad either), it seems half as thick. Perfect for the little lady who wants to toss it in her purse.<p><p> I could make this a lengthy article but I'll cut to the chase and give you the PROS vs. CONS.<p><p> <b>PROS:</b><p><p> - 8 megapixels. For family and casual use, you really don't need more than that.<p> - Good image quality. Sharp images.<p> - Video capture is quite acceptable. We plugged the camera into our 42" plasma and were happy with the results. Heck, I think the quality is better than the Canon Z85 video camera we own!<p> - Small, compact, & very light. Easy to hold.<p> - Menu functions are similar to A85 so there was a very small learning curve.<p> - Large LCD on back. Very bright and sharp.<p> - Quick boot up time.<p> - Price ain't bad for what you get.<p><p> <b>CONS:</b><p><p> - Not a big fan of the proprietary battery. They cost around $40+ each. When you travel, you'll want at least 2 extras.<p> - SD card slot is difficult to access. Fat fingers, beware.<p> - 8MP cameras should come with AT LEAST a 1 GB card.<p> - Doesn't shoot much faster than the A85. An SLR is probably the best option for quick shooting.<p> - The switch on the back for switching camera modes feels out of place. You end up putting your finger on it when you shoot and I always feel like I'm going to move it. Not a big deal, just an observation.<p> - I 'wish' it had manual controls to set your own shutter speed and aperture.<p> - Not really a CON...but the IS feature is touted as the main upgrade from the SD1000. However, we can't see a difference from the shots taken with the A85 and the SD1100 to see if it is that big of a deal.<p><p> Overall, I think the camera is a great buy. Heck, they even make it in four fun colors to choose from! If you are looking to buy one to replace your old <gasp> film camera or upgrade from a digital camera with 5MP or less, definitely put this on your list of possible buys.<p><p> ...and of course, look no further than BUY.COM to order one. Mine arrived in about 3 days with FREE shipping. Sweet.
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