I just recently used this camera at a work-party event and when I showed the finished product/pictures to co-workers via e-mail, I received a lot of positive feedback. Many people asked if I used the expensive, company Nikon; they were surprised when I told them I used my personal digital camera and then asked what camera I owned. Very cool. This camera takes excellent pictures with its wide-angle lens. Face detection is spot-on! Images are bright, colorful, and super-clear. Colors stand out vividly, especially when using vivid color mode. The huge, cannon-looking barrel of a lens is sweet. Camera is very nice to look at; very asthetically pleasing on the eye (brushed aluminum, curves, and intricate chrome accents). Video is super-crisp and clear. Microphone picks up as a condensor mic would. HUGE, 3" LCD is amazingly clear, bright, and perfect in displaying color. *I would not recommend this for a loud concert setting, however. That's the main reason I bought this camera (to shoot HD video at concerts) and is the only reason it did not meet my expectations. The microphone is EXTREMELY sensitive, which can be good for recording acoustic guitar concerts, childrens' school plays, or other events where there is not "loud music." I experienced an incredible amount of audio distortion when I took this to a rock concert. An SD1100, or 1200, is a better choice if you are going to go to a concert, or somewhere that might be very loud; you will not get audio distortion with those; I own an SD1100, as well and have taken it to many concerts and filmed at the front of the stage. Also, video format is saved in .MOV files, which is relative to Apple. If you don't have QuickTime, you will need to download it, which is different from the typical Windows Media player .AVI format that the SD1xxx series uses. Overall, I give this camera 5-stars, even though I'm not happy with the audio recording in video mode; I still feel that Canon gives an excellent product and package with this camera; semi-professional looking pictures, extremely easy-to-use when using "AUTO-mode", but also very easy to use in "MANUAL-mode", as well. You just can't beat the picture quality with any other Point-and-Shoot camera, in my opinion.
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