I had this camera less than 1 week before I returned it. The flash was taking 7-8 seconds to recharge every time I needed it. Needless to say by then my kids (which were to be the center of my picture) were long gone. I had called Canon to ask about solutions, they had me switch battery types with no improvement. They said if that didn't work I could either send it in for repairs or return it. I chose to exchange it in hopes that I had just got a faulty flash or something but the next one did the exact same thing. I am disappointed, the pictures that it took outside or when a flash wasn't needed were great.