I couldn't stand to go on with out a camera and the camera phone idea just didn't fly with indoor nighttime pictures. So I gifted myself a new Canon - PowerShot 8.0MP Digital ELPH Camera in PINK!!! As a Sony Cybershot (CS) convert I have several noteworthy differences that have me very pleased with this purchase. Just so you know, I'm a point-and-shoot kind of photographer so I was aiming for high quality pics and video without requiring too many manual adjustments or understanding of technical photo terms (like ISO) or requiring me to manipulate the environment to get a proper shot. Boy does this little camera deliver!
- Digital and Optical zoom: My CS only had digital which results in poorer zoom pictures
- Face detect and track technology isolates subjects in-frame and optimizes conditions for the best pictures of friends and family and the camera focuses on that person as they move: A very nifty feature that intelligently balances the setting to make faces "pop". It's amazing how it can actually zero-in on several faces for the perfect shot.
- Optical image stabilization minimizes shake and vibration distortion: This is for all of us to hate having to prop up against the wall, hold the camera with flexed biceps, AND hold your breath in order to get a still shot. My CS was notorious for distorted shots.
- Continuous shooting mode captures up to 1.3 shots per second for fast action shots: I LOVE this feature no more waiting for your camera to get ready when trying to catch fleeting Kodak moments. Just hold the button down and it will continuously capture shots until you release. Great for scrap booking flip-books or playing pretend paparazzi.
- Zoom during video recording: I hated that my CS couldn't do this. If I didn’t have the zoom properly set at the commencement of the video I had to stop recording.
- Special photo effects include vivid, vivid blue, vivid green, vivid red, neutral, sepia, black-and-white, positive film, lighter skin tone, darker skin tone and custom color for creative images: Gotta have the neat photo effects. The below is taken with one of my favorite features. You can isolate one color in a photo and mute the color in the rest of the photo. Cool, no?
There you have it…this camera gets my golden stamp of approval!