Powershot S60 Digital Camera (5.0MP, 2592x1944, 3.6x Opt, 32MB CompactFlash Card) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Canon
Model: 9458A001
Max Focal Length: 20.7 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2592 pixels
Max Aperture: 8.0 1/f
Average User RatingAverage User Rating: Number of User Reviews: 25

Reviewed by: kfderose from PA on Dec 15, 2004

Experience: 4 Months

Strengths: 28mm wide angle lens, AIAF auto focus, excellent picture quality/color accuracy, good macro focus, quick/easy to use, 35mm type modes/settings, good battery life, sturdy build, robust performance.

Weaknesses: Some F-stop settings are not available at certain focal lengths, 100mm zoom could be longer, included compact flash only 32 MB, AIAF autofocus is very good but can be fooled at times.

Summary: I exhaustively reviewed many different websites that published the same pictures taken with each camera that was reviewed and read just as many photography and media magazine reviews on every 5 and 6 megapixel camera on the market for two months, yes, two months before making a digital camera purchase. I probably spent far too much time, but knowing very little about digital cameras before I started I had to know what was available and for what cost.

Needless to say that I was quite surprised to find that many of the camera brands that I stereotyped to be the best turned out to be some of the worst performers while some of the brands that I turned my nose up at were some of the best performers. It was also surprising to find out who the top performers were in the digital camera market compared to the top performers in the film camera market.

After two months of eye burning side by side comparisons, I found all of the cameras to be of good to excellent quality. I think you would be happy with any of the 5 or 6 megapixel cameras offered today. However, being employed in the media business for over 10 years I am naturally going to be a lot more critical than the average buyer. Many of the differences that I saw were subtle while a few were surprisingly significant. I even felt some models took pictures that were as good or better than some of the digital SLR's that I reviewed!

Of all the strengths I mentioned, picture quality was #1 on the top of my list of priorities, period. To my eye, picture quality was the most noticeable difference between all the digital cameras I reviewed. I felt that the Canon S60 had the best picture quality in the 5 and 6 megapixel range, regardless of price.

I also chose this camera because I wanted a camera that would be quick, easy and convenient for my wife and family to use, but would also offer enough flexibility and control for me as well as I am 35mm spoiled. I especially liked the quality and solidness of the construction of this camera as it has a metal case instead of the plastic case found on so many digital cameras today. All those features do have a downside however; this camera (while small and compact)is not as small, compact or as light in weight as many others on the market that will comfortably fit into a shirt pocket (not that I would recommend it).

If you like to shoot in hi-res mode, you will need to buy an optional larger compact flash media storage card as the 32 MB card that comes with the camera will only store around 14 pictures in hi-res mode. I opted for the 512 MB card and it stores around 200 pictures in hi-res mode.

Investing the time that I did researching prior to purchasing was well worth it. After 4 months of ownership, I really enjoy using this camera daily. Happy shopping!

Reviewed by: betep from NY on Aug 22, 2004

Experience: 6 Weeks

Strengths: Wide angle, compact size, sharp pictures, good macro range, very simple to use, rechargable battery+charger included

Weaknesses: Uses slow CF, small CF included, optical zoom coulde've been bigger

Summary: I was looking for a digital camera that will fit my needs for couple of months, first I was waiting for Canon S1 IS, when it came out - I decided to wait for S60 - I prefer CANON over all other cameras. I bought both of them, after 3 days of playing I returned S1 IS to the store, because S60 makes sharper pictures, has better macro range, still can focus in low/no light surroundings, the only thing S1 has is 10X optical zoom and Image stability.

Reviewed by: jewelster from CA on Aug 25, 2004

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: Can easily navigate through the functions of the camera without reading the manual. User-friendly. Of course, if you want to know more of its functions, reading the manual is essential.

Weaknesses: Flash in darker or dark rooms make this ring (from the flash) around the corners of the picture.

Summary: I've been waiting to purchase this camera for over a month now. So when I got home, I immediately started playing with it. Was quite impressed with the sturdiness of it, but it was a bit on the heavy side. This is the reason why I debated between the S60 or S500 (which is a smaller, lighter camera). Decided to get the S60 instead (even though I knew it was heavier) because of the 28mm wide-angle lens and the different picture modes, which the S500 doesn't have. So I figured the extra $25 for the extra features was well worth it.
There were some complaints about the LCD screen not being completely flat, which cause corner distortion. This is actually true if you closely examine the corners, but it's hardly noticable. I have a feeling that this is true with most, if not all digital cameras that have LCDs.
As what everybody said, the memory provided with the camera (32mb CF) is insufficient unless you're planning to take only 20 pictures at a given time. But this is to be expected. Canon just provides customers with enough memory to get them started, and the rest is up to you.
As for the weakness of the flash, it's quite annoying to have that ring around the corners of the picture where the flash goes off. Luckily, the software that comes with the camera can fix that problem. But still, it's still a hassle.

Reviewed by: sym5 on Aug 26, 2004

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: Compact, stylish, 28mm wide angle, beautiful color rendition, very sharp at mid-zoom stopped down, great macro range, long battery life, very responsive controls, and generally fun to use.

Weaknesses: Blurred corners at wide angle, noticeable noise at ISO 200+, occasionally hesitant autofocus, slippery sliding cover, limited video capabilities.

Summary: Canon S60 is fantastic. The 28mm wide angle is very rare for this form factor, and it's incredibly useful. Also, the manual controls are nice, the images are crisp and lively, and the menus are very easy to figure out. There are a few nits to pick here and there if you look for them; but ultimately, it comes down to how well the camera works when it's used, and in that regard the S60 wins big. It's a delight to use, and the results are great. Strongly recommended if you're looking for a compact camera with manual controls.

Reviewed by: georgegannaway from TN on Sep 29, 2004

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Easy to use, makes great pictures,colors are true, 28mm wide angle is great for scenery and family group shots. Makes great pictures in weak light . . . must use a tripod.

Weaknesses: The combination lens cover on-off switch does not function well. Has a tendancy to override the track and requires a 2nd "turn-on" of camera. The memory card supplied is joke must buy bigger card

Summary: Other than the off-on switch . . I have been on a couple of vacations and the quality of the pictures are just great . . the 5 M permits cropping if required and still get a high quailty shot.

Reviewed by: bmrolls from OK on Jun 7, 2004

Experience: 05 Days

Strengths: Easy to use, great point and shoot, outstanding photos.

Weaknesses: That proprietary battery issue again! However due to the small camera size its likely a must.

Summary: I have done a ton of research and waited patiently for the release of the S60. Canon's photo quality is unmatched at both of the top and low end of most prosumer digicams. This is my third digital and I think this is one of the slickest little units out there for purse or pocket. Don't be fooled by it's size though, you can tweek this baby as you wish for any setting and mood or simply point-and-shoot. Although it does not come with a wireless remote it is wireless ready and you can purchase one for around $20.00. if you are new to the digital world this is wonderful and useful feature. I have had many occasions to use my remote on an Olympus I own, its a must for large family or group photos that you need to be part of and, if you have not had the time to train the dog on how to operate a camera, its the only way to go. I highly recommend this high quality camera to any level photographer.

Reviewed by: vladim1 from NY on Jun 27, 2004

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Lenses, range of manual and automatic controls, AF-assist beam, design, size.

Weaknesses: Slow communication speed with PC, small display font diffical to read.

Summary: This is the third digicam in my family and is the best one.
Superb image quality, ability to shoot in full darkness, great range of shutter/aperture controls in automatic and manual modes, very convenient layout of control buttons, 28-100 mm fast lenses, and short charging time are the strongest points of this camera. Many of these features came from much more expensive digicams and are not available from another manufactures for this price and in such small size of the body.

Reviewed by: envision_this from MT on Jul 19, 2004

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: A nice lens, and the option to add more. In contrast to other reviewers, the S60 has good red-eye prevention. Superb photo-quality. Excellent battery-life and a nice charger.

Weaknesses: I've read the subtle weaknesses about the S60 on many sites. The truth is, the weaknesses are exaggerated and hardly noticeable. I haven't noticed the "small display font" that bothers others.

Summary: (Edited July 20th by envision_this) This is my second digital camera, although I frequently borrowed a Nikon Coolpix 5700.

Not compact? It's plenty compact for me! Flimsy sliding lens cover? No, it's not flimsy. The lens cover functions as an on/off switch and as a lens protector. A reviewer on another site (CNET?) claims the lens cover is plastic, when in fact it is approximately 80% metal.

The speed of communication with the PC is good -- not slow as others claim. Maybe they have USB-1 and not USB-2, or maybe they mean it's slow when using the bundled software. I wouldn't know... I use Photoshop.

I'm used to cutting and pasting my pictures, but with the S60, I have to copy/paste and then delete. Cutting is not an option. Not a big deal though.

If you have $400, spend it on the well-made S60.

Reviewed by: videodunde from AZ on Aug 2, 2004

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: Size and weight. Optical quality. Picture quality. Bundled accesories and software. Good battery life.

Weaknesses: LCD brightness in low light.

Summary: Bought the camera for and used it on a trip to Europe. Only mishap was disabling flash with unintentional depression of two buttons instead of one (read big phalanges). Both wide and long ends of zoom lens were productive features. Picture clarity and color reproduction are fabulous.

Reviewed by: chuzzlewit on Aug 20, 2004

Experience: 4 Weeks

Strengths: Many traditional functions; "28 mm" wide angle; optical viewfinder; compact.

Weaknesses: Colour fringing at wide angle; Zoom slightly moves back from the direction you have zoomed when zoom button is released; optical viewfinder only covers about 80% of the shot.

Summary: I bought the S60, my first digital camera, to carry around whilst out walking the countryside. I needed "28 mm" wide angle for landscape shots, and not many cameras of this type have this. It is ideal for these purposes. But the camera is a lot more, and has many of the features of film SLRs which I have always owned. I usually use the P (Program) setting, but the Auto ISO feature for this seems to be permanently set at ISO 50 because it assumes that flash is going to be used - a disappointment. Also I would like to view and change the shooting settings without opening the lens. But as this is my first digital I expect I will get use to the digital way of working!

Reviewed by: fmolina from DC on Jul 28, 2004

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: Easy to use. Good zoom range incl. wide angle. Very sharp pictures.

Weaknesses: Skimpy CF card included (you can store no more than a dozen pics at highest quality).

Summary: I highly recommend this camera. This is my second Canon and am getting it for the higher resolution (I'm still keeping my Elph). The proprietary processor must help; I haven't been disappointed.

Reviewed by: tum on Jun 14, 2004

Experience: 4 Days

Strengths: Very good, indoor and outdoor quality

Weaknesses: haven't yet found any

Summary: We were trying to decide between the s500 and s50, but as the s60 came out, decided to try it out. It indeed IS a very good camera, better than anything I have used before. The outdoor and indoor pictures are really good. Also the flash is more strong than the previous models and I have not noticed any red eye so far. The menu is very intuitive and controls are easily placed. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who is looking out to buy a high quality digital camera

Reviewed by: yikes from CA on Jul 12, 2004

Experience: 6 Months

Strengths: Compact, sturdy, wide angel lens built-in, auto picture orientation sensor, good LCD screen, focus-assist lamp, has multi-language capability menu, 640x480 movie mode, uses CF card, and good battery.

Weaknesses: no optical/mechanical image stablization system like S1 pro or Minota DiMage, 640x480 mode only 30 secs, slow and old USB 1.0 connection, and I wish it has some sort of LCD screen protection cover.

Summary: (Edited January 07th by yikes) I just returned from an extensive vacation with my old trusty Canon A70. Through out the trip, my A70 sustained drops, rough handling and occational rain drops. But it keeps on ticking. That is the reason I am sticking with Canon and bought my new S60. Besides, Canon's software is one of the best for MAC.

From my trip, the one thing that frustrated me the most was the lack of wide lens. There are so many scenes that I could not capture due to the regular lens. I can buy the lens adaptor and wide lens for my A70, but the cost and bulkiness will offset the usefulness. So I decided that my next camera must have wide lens built-in. Lucky, S60 has that.

Oh, I almost forgot, the next most important feature is optical image stablization system. With my A70 and almost all compact digicams, it is impossible to take "night shots" without a tripod. The image will be blurry. And when taking movies, it will be so jerky and shakey that people will get sea sick just by watching it. So far, only the Canon S1 pro and Minota DiMage A series have it. Which I am sure would vastly improve on night shots and movie taking. But I understand that to fit such complex mechanism into such a compact body, it is too much to ask right now. But if I were Canon, I would start research into micro-size it and incoporate it into its next compact digicams. If so, I would have to upgrade yet again.

Update: I have been experiencing several odd "freezes" during start up recently. When I slid open the cover, the start-up sound is not normal, sounded slowed. And the camera is frozen. I let it sit for a bit and it is back to normal. ??? Is this a "cold start" issue? I am not sure. But it does concern me.

Reviewed by: yarm from CA on Jul 21, 2004

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: the wide angle is extremely useful and the camera starts up and shut off in half the time of my s45. the ability to use the new canon remote is a HUGE plus as well.

Weaknesses: the plastic lens cover is really annoying. my s45 had a much simpler design when it came to this. other than that, i haven't found many gripes.

Summary: This is really a big improvement on my s45. The pictures look more crisp and the body is a little smaller. If you're not ready or can't afford the digital rebel, than this is teh camera to get.

Reviewed by: joelie from NY on Jul 26, 2004

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: size, picture quality,features, flexability

Weaknesses: lack of battery meter, lens cover-on/off switch

Summary: Nice pictures from a compact, handy-sized camera. Have not used all of the many featuresd yet, but like the flexability available. Could use a battery meter, and am not happy with the combo lens cover on-off switch. Am afraid it can be easily broken.

Reviewed by: cakier from CT on Jul 16, 2004

Experience: 21 Days

Strengths: Small size, strong build quality, 3.6x optical zoom, fast, uses compact flash cards

Weaknesses: proprietary battery, accessories such as underwater kit still hard to find (camera is fairly new)

Summary: I must say that I am very satisfied with this camera. I bought it for my brother as a wedding present and despite this being his first digital camera, he was able to figure everything out quickly and loved how everything operated. I wish that the camera took AA batteries, but the lithium battery that this camera comes with has been sufficient for a days worth of photo shooting so far. I'd recommend a 512mb or larger compact flash card to go along with it.

Reviewed by: goodguy91780 from CA on Jun 13, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Very good picture quality; ease of the control menu; lots of functions; just the "Auto" mode is already enough for most of shooting environment.

Weaknesses: Only weaknesses is its size; however, I do not see any other similar or smaller size digitial camera can do so much for both a beginner and an expert.

Summary: This is my third camera. The first one is only 2 Megapixel (PowerShot A40) and the second one got stolen (PowerShot S40). I am so impress and happy with this one. A lot of advancement compare to the S40. My friends have other brand such as Olympus Camedia C60 and Konica Minolta DiMAGE G500. I have used it and in my opinion it is just not as good as Canon PowerShot S60 (or my old S40) on the functions, picture quality and speed. If you want to buy a camera once in for all for a while, this will be your pick. I have struggle and try to convience myself to buy other smaller size camera such as sony CyberShot T-1, Canon Powershot s500, Sony CyberShot DSC-P10, etc.. JUST BECAUSE MY WIFE WANTED A SMALLER CAMERA. Who will be the one that going to use the camera anyway...? It will be ME. I am glad that I am sticking with quality other than a cheaper or a smaller camera.

Reviewed by: leadfoot_79 from CA on Jul 1, 2004

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: Lots of buttons to reach some basic options. Great quality pictures, video, and sound is good too. Can take lots of pictures at a fairly fast rate!

Weaknesses: Need to know what buttons to press to reach certain options such as timer and pic size.

Summary: This camera is easy to use the basic options such as delete, view, functions, and menu areas. The more advanced options require more button pressing and some searching, but I still think that this is a great camera for those who don't mind technology and pressing random buttons to learn where things are. I haven't actually looked into the manual, but have been able to figure things out by myself so far for all the basic uses. This camera weighs about that of a normal non-digital camera. From a personal POV, the camera's style isn't elegant, but has just about everything I've been looking for in a digital camera.

Reviewed by: cramsek from KY on Jul 11, 2004

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: Excellent Pciture Quality Very Fast Start-up and in between shots Compact Design, fits in your pocket or purse.

Weaknesses: The 32 meg Compact Flash Card supplied is not sufficient, you will need to purchase at least a 256 meg card.

Summary: The Canon S60 has lived up to my hopes for it. After checking out the great reviews I decided to purchase it and hoped that it would perform as well as the reviews. I have been really pleased with the picture quality, it's excellent. I had tested the Canon S50 and I would say the S60 performs just as well but lacks the slowness of the S50. The start-up time is great. I don't miss shots waiting for the camera to turn on. The color and clarity on the pictures is incredible. Even in low light situations the flash works great. I have really been pleased with the new S60, I think you will to if you give it a try.

Reviewed by: rsudhir from CA on Jun 18, 2004

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: Excellent picture quality and ease of use

Weaknesses: None

Summary: I was eagerly waiting for around 3 months to buy this camera, and when it got released i bought it immediately without any second toughts because that much trust i have it with canon products. If anyone wants to buy a good camera they should go for this.

Reviewed by: reconknight from CA on Aug 25, 2004

Experience: 8 Weeks

Strengths: pretty sharp pictures, cool looking small-medium size camera, i like all the options, versatile camera

Weaknesses: learning to get adjusted with this camera will take a couple of dayz, other than that i recommend it to everyone

Summary: love the camera, i was going to get a kodak 5.0 or casio exlim 4.0mp camera but then i decided s60 was pretty handy camera, easy to use, cool sound affects, fast battery charger, i talk a picture at least once a day of random things...

Reviewed by: mcheng from CA on Jul 7, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Saves quite fast, enabling you to take the next picture after a couple of seconds. Good picture quality; nice, small and light; lots of functions.

Weaknesses: None so far.

Summary: This is the second digicam I have bought, and it is much better than the nikon I had. It seems to be much better than the sony's I have tried too. With its many features, high quality pictures, and speed, I highly recommend this camera, even to a beginner in digital photography.

Reviewed by: CarolHuff from KY on Jun 25, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: nice and compact, easy to store on the go

Weaknesses: need to buy extra memory

Summary: We are enjoying this digital camera. We have used several that were company-owned but this is the first personal one. Like it being compact and easy to store. Will definitely have to get more memory and battery.

Reviewed by: kyk1835 from CA on Aug 30, 2004

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: The phone is very user friendly even for the novice users. The phone has a very fast start-up and shut-down time and great image quality.

Weaknesses: No on-screen battery indicator.

Summary: (Edited August 30th by kyk1835) If you're considering a 5MP camera that is semi-compact (not as small as the Digital Ixy [digital elph in the US], with more functions than most point-and-shoots and superb image quality canon gives, the S60 is the camera for you. I've always preferred manufacturers such as Canon, Minolta and Nikon over Sony.

Reviewed by: AzNassAsin from CA on Feb 15, 2005

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: above average zoom lenses, well built metal casing, and multifunction modes. can be used by both beginner and advanced photographers.

Weaknesses: some of the modes are difficult to use, but this is because it is an advanced camera.

Summary: (Edited February 15th by AzNassAsin) I was looking for a new digital camera that had more features, but was not too difficult to use to replace my old 3.2 megapixel toshiba pdr 3310. I was contemplating on buying either the sony dsc p100, canon sd 300, and this camera. I realized that the former two are good cameras for those who like subcompact cameras that fit in your shirt pockets. The canon s60, however, is not all that bulkier but has much more features than point-and-shoot such as portrait, a white balance/ underwater mode, and stitch. This camera is well worth the money for all the features you get and the results you get when you print the pics.

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