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This review is from: Canon PowerShot A550 Digital Camera - Silver (7.0MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.0" LCD (Electronics)
Got this as an upgrade from my Nikon Coolpix 5600, and an upgrade it really is. In comparison, the photos are much more crisp and clear, and the camera itself is so much more responsive. Hit the power button and you're ready to take a photo in less than 2 seconds. Not only that, but compared to the Nikon, the pickup is much more sensitive; enough so that blurred shots are the exception rather than the norm as it was on the coolpix. Colour is great, and the fancy "AiAf" shows you clearly on the (admittedly small) screen where it's concentrating on for focus. The other shocker for me is battery life. I've taken a couple of hundred shots since I bought it, and still haven't had to change the batteries. It just keeps going and going.
The only real downsides for me are that the plastic enclosure feels a little tacky (though don't get me wrong, it's plenty solid), the screen's a bit on the small side, and (as with seemingly all cameras), the menus could do with more help/advice/documentation. Overall though, for a handy, budget camera that you can carry around without really worrying about it getting damaged, it's fantastic. Obviously it's no DSLR - you only get a limited set of manual controls - but its size and price mean that it'll get used more often than a camera you have to carry in a kit bag.