Finally upgraded my PowerShot A80 to this baby for $213 after tax out the door and they almost look and feel the same. The A630 is lighter, not as much metal, so doesn't feel as strong; LCD is much larger on A630 and best of all, everything is familiar in terms of feel and navigation.
My wife dropped the A630 on concrete before I even got a chance to take four pictures. It dented a lot and one edge opened a bit but it seems to work fine. I think being lighter actually helped in this case.
Video and pictures look great to my eyes and very speedy for a P&S using a SanDisk Ultra 2 SD card.
I chose this over the other popular models like the 700 IS due to the more ergonomic feel of the A630. Sure, it's bigger, but it's also easier to hold and the four batteries mean the flash recharges in a couple of seconds.
Indoor shots seem grainier to me than the A80.
Build seems flimsier than the A80 in that it cracked open the seal on one side a bit when dropped; whereas we dropped the A80 a couple of times and no cracks seen.
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