I've been looking for a point & shoot pocket camera that uses regular AA batteries and can take great portrait flash pictures quickly, which the A2100-IS almost does, but I returned it because it simply wasn't worth twice what I paid for the Canon A480. I first bought the A480 but wasn't happy with how long it took for the flash to charge between shots (up to 10 seconds at times). Next I tried the 14 MP Kodak but it's HD video seemed a bit "shaky" and it turned out it only used lithium AA batteries and it too, took a long time between flashes. Finally, I tried the Canon A2100-IS but it seemed to be no significant inprovement over the A480 other than the better zoom and 2 more megapixels, 2 features that I don't feel are that much more neeeded. Flash recharge again, was close to 10 seconds. I returned both the Kodak and the A2100-IS and I'm still looking for something in a point and shoot, AA battery camera that can take great flash pictures quickly. I imagine someone will invent one soon. In the meantime, I'll stick with the very affordable and very advanced for its price, Canon A480. PS, Nitpick - I found the A2100-IS a bit "slippery". I have powder dry slippery fingers and getting a good grip on the A2100-IS was difficult. It could use a few little pieces of rubber to provide a better grip. I often thought I was going to drop it. In contrast, the A480 feels very solid in my hands (FYI - I'm right-handed and I think all cameras have the "shoot" button set-up for rightys).
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