Look into the A650IS.....it has a 6X lens, takes 4 AAs, has IS and a larger and brighter swivel LCD with more resolution than the S2.Regards,Hank.
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Seems like the Panasonic Lumix TZ2 and 3 got decent reviews and respectable user scores, does anyone have any direct experience with these in low light conditions or with sport photography? The TZ5 is looking like it fits my needs almost perfectly, although I am assuming more models with similar feature sets will be announced in the coming weeks....
720p video, 10x zoom, smaller than most superzooms... Cool!..
OK, I was going to say that generally sports is the domain of the dslr. Sports requires a fast lens (wide aperature), longer focal lengths and the ability to produce good images at higher ISOs. Higher ISOs are needed to compensate for the faster shutter speeds you need to stop action. I recently learned that the P&S with the fastest lens is the Canon S5. So this would be your best choice however you've indicated you don't want something that big. I think outdoor (bright light) tennis is do-able with the Canon a650 or Panasonic you've mentioned.
Regarding low lights in general, you'll need a camera that has good ISO capability. That would be a dslr or in the P&Ss the Fuji F series (F20, 31, 30, current models 40, 50) are considered the most capable...
Hehe, yeah, Ideally I would have a DSLR for the photography, camcorder for the video, and P&S for personal use, but us students don't have budgets for fun stuff like that! So I'll need to compromise on all fronts... sigh..
I'll probably wait until we see some of the announcements at the PMA. Seems like HD video and some of the other features will be more common in a wide variety of cameras this year, leading to better choices..
Thanks for the help!..
Try Sanyo Eneloops or other hybrids or lithium AAs...