Surprised it is done at all
The low-down: This compact camera with a 16-megapixel sensor is fitted with a 30x optical zoom and the boast of a 60x zoom when moved into the digital enlargement zone. In 35-millimetre film terms, this is a 24mm-720mm optical range. The lens is image-stabilised, which it needs to be. The only viewfinder is the LCD, which means holding the camera at arm's length and trying not to shake.
Like: A problem with all super-zooms is finding the subject in the viewfinder when the lens is at its longest focal length. This camera has a button on the side of the lens that, when pressed, gives a wider view. Locate the subject in the centre of the screen and release the button.
Dislike: Apart from the absurd zoom range and far too many pixels?
Verdict: We gave the Canon a workout at the long focal length and it reminded us of Dr Johnson's aphorism about dogs that walk on their hind legs: ''It is not done well, but you are surprised to find it done at all.'' This is a camera designed in the marketing department and intended to impress with its numbers. Believe us, you do not need a 720mm lens.