Main message: Avoid the Canon Elura Digital Camera.
I got one of these for Xmas 1 year ago, but it was so hard to use and the instructions were so hard to figure out that I just wrote it off as just another bad experience.
But, today (March 30, 08) I decided to try again. After a few hours of frustration I got some functions going. However, my patience left me again when I tried to use the software they gave with it. The instructions contain such beauties as: "Set camera on Play. Sometimes setting to Camera is required."
Such nonsense, combined with plenty of typos clearly shows that Canon could not care less any more about its consumers. I already quit buying their printers etc due to the same consumer unfriendly attitude of the company. Now, my advice to anyone, including the hundreds of students I teach yearly, is to avoid these guys all together.
Do yourself a favor: Avoid all Canon products in any way shape or form.
VENTURA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA -- This camera was not dropped or abused ever. It was kept in perfect condition. Tonight, I was using it and the lens froze open. I cannot get it to return no matter what I do. I spent almost $450 on this camera so I will now go on a public relations campaign letting EVERYONE know to avoid canon and it's inferior product. I will also let the other consumer advocacy groups who are out to help.