This would be a great camera for a beginner. It has great photos and has more options once you begin to be more familiar with the camera itself. You will be more satisfied with the A540 over the S500.
I'm considering returning the Samsung S500 that I got for Christmas and instead purchasing a Canon A540. The Samsung could be a lot worse, I suspect, but it throws itself into mechanical sulks and turns itself off even when it's fully charged, and the battery life is awful. I would also like a camera that lets the user control the apeture and shutter speed a bit more than the S500, and I've read nice things about the A540. The A540 costs a bit more but will still be within my budget.
Since the S500 is the first digital I've had a lot of experience with, I thought I'd ask before returning it. Canon A540 versus Samsung S500-- which would you pick? If neither, then what would you suggest instead?
Thanks for your thoughts!