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Easy to start, room to grow
By Traveling light & taking pix from NC on 9/14/2007
Easy to Use, Fast startup, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings
2 easy to delete all pix, Menu learning curve
Home, Outdoors, Portraits, Travel
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
A few days before leaving on a 2 week vacation I purchased the Canon SD1000. I had about an hour in the airport to review the instruction manual. Canon includes 2 different manuals, a summary and a detailed. The summary includes page references to the detailed instructions in the big manual, which makes it easy to get a quick understanding and find more info on specific functions.
Right out of the box, the camera was taking pictures. You definitely need to purchase more memory - the included card is barely enough to get started.
One thing I loved is that you can take a photo in less than one second after turning the power on. With some cameras the shot is gone by the time it powers up.
The camera easily fits in any pocket and is light enough to carry everywhere. The Auto settings let you forget about the camera & just have fun. But there are loads of manual settings and options that you will want to explore and master.
Long range shots were not impressive, but then again this is not what the camera designed for. I loved the ability to "stitch" together several different photos into a wide landscape. Video worked fine and was extrememly easy to use. The microphone is susecptible to wind noise.
One warning: the camera lets you format your memory card - if you're not careful you can loose a week's worth of pictures with the touch of a button. You have to confirm that you want to do this but in my opinion it should require an additional step. No, I did not accidentally reformat my memory card & loose all my pix, but it would be easy to do.
Conclusion: Buy this camera. A friend who is a professional photographer recommended it to me. My friend has a number of expensive professional cameras, but this is what he uses for point & shoot. I see why; I love it. You can easily capture memories from vacation or day-to-day life, and the functionality provides room for creative growth.