The ISO range is pretty impressive for such a budget camera. The ISO ranges from 80 to 6400, and the camera features both manual and automatic ISO settings. To take advantage of the 16 megapixels, however, you need to keep the ISO below 100. If you use any other ISO setting, you really notice that the images look noisy.
Images look best at ISO settings under 400 for larger photographs and under 800 for small (social networking-type images). You really start noticing quality issues after this setting. You can correct some of these issues in post-production. If you want completely noise-free images, however, you should invest in a higher-end camera. Point-and-shoot cameras always have a bit of noise in them.
Like most budget point-and-shoot cameras, the image quality also suffers in low-light situation. You lose some of the finer details of the image. Overall, however, this Canon PowerShot shoots really good images. They are really sharp and crisp in regular lighting. The only issue is that it has some problems with high-contrast areas.
The camera can take more than images. It also has a frame movie mode, and it can capture video between 320 x 240 and 1280 x 720 resolution. The video quality looks good, except when you use the digital zoom. You can’t use the standard zoom lens when taking video, and the digital zoom doesn’t look that great.
It has five white balance presets and custom and automatic shooting modes. The camera comes with 10 different shooting programs and special effects settings like Black and White, Toy Camera, Fish Eye and Miniature.