This being said, its colour balance was generally very good, and photographing stationary scenes in low light came out with low levels of noise and sharp, defined colours. Shooting outdoors, or in any environment with good lighting, is ideal for this camera and, in those cases, results will be pleasing. Canon claims that the camera has improved focusing and shutter speed, but lag is still noticeable, especially when taking photos in quick succession.
The autofocus and zoom work very well, as does its 720p video recorder. Zooming while recording is smooth and easy although a slight mechanical noise will be audible.
Rather that using HS CMOS sensors and a newer, more powerful, Digic5 processor, Canon opted for a 16-megapixel CCD sensor and a Digic4. Overall, this means that the camera has a good zoom lens, but slower performance, less shooting options and the need for a lot of light or long exposure to get the best results; but makes the camera more affordable and portable.