Pros: good battery life, Good Low-Light Performance, Nice features/settings, excellent image quality, durable, Bright LCD, not too small not too large
Cons: Difficult to use, Complicated controls/menu, lens door is somewhat loose
My wife and I bought the camera in 2004 to have a solid quality compact digital. It is still going strong, even though I had to have it serviced once because I dropped it on a tile floor. My main complaint, as with all Canon compacts, is that the buttons, dials and menus are non-intuitive (e.g., the self-timer). However, the picture quality is beautiful. It does well even without the flash, and the manual settings are worth taking advantage of.
I bought the camera 4 years ago, but it is now trash. I've tried every troubleshooting thing possible with the exception of taking it to a dealer to get it fixed--. Or,to camera repair. It is inconsistent with pictures.....pink and jagged no matter what the setting or lighting.
I'm in the process of buy a new CanonSD1200 IS Elph
If memory serves me right, I bought the S60 in 2004. I've been using it as my main camera ever since and have taken thousands of pictures with it. Yes, it has good picture quality with very low noise. But what really sets this camera apart is the 28mm (equivalent) wide angle lens. You simply will not find a 28 on 99 percent of digital point and shoots. Instead, you get massive zooms, which nobody really needs. The wide lens is so much more useful. I have also made extensive use of the video feature on this camera. This camera does the job of a camcorder as well as still camera. In fact, it is only recently, when the first DSLRs with video capability have been introduced, that I am considering replacing this camera, though it still works as well as the day I bought it.
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Review 4 for PowerShot S60
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Used this product for: more than 1 year
Expertise Level: Casual User
Product replacement: Yes
Fantastic underrated camera
Date:December 22, 2008
Pros: easy to use, Simple controls/menu, Nice features/settings, excellent image quality, Good Low-Light Performance, good battery life, durable
Cons: Dim LCD, sliding door/catch mechanism easily broken
Ok, this camera isn't the prettiest to most, especially to those who want those tiny, sleek little digital elph models. But those are kids' toys compared to this one.
I recently bought the PowerShot A570is, and the pictures simply *do not compare* to the ones I took with my s60. The newer 570's are far noisier even at the lower ISOs since it has a smaller CCD [1/1.8" versus 1/2.5"] but adds in more megapixels. I find that pretty silly on Canon's part, but you do what the customers are asking for, I guess. "MORE MEGAPIXELS! Even if we have to sacrifice crisp photos!" I mean, how can you brag to your friends about the great photos you took when your camera has a measly 5 megapixels?
The s60 offers so many more features, too: wide-angle lens, raw format, manual focus area [the 570 only lets us focus on the center in program/tv/av/manual mode], bracketing!, longer battery life, sturdy fully-metal construction.
However the best part of this camera is the quality of photos it takes. Because of the aforementioned larger CCD sensor, even your photos in bright daylight will look crisper than the same photo taken with a newer model like the 570.
I say if you find one of these out there still, absolutely buy it. The photos you can get are phenomenal. I loved it. The only reason I had to buy the 570 is because the door on my s60 broke and will no longer stay open.