Eddie, First I have to correct you. The S1 IS also has 3.2 megapixel! I own this camera for almost a year, and still like it very much for it's outstanding stabilized 10x zoom and other numerous features. Average indoor shooting is good, regarding the white balance, but to be honest, the auto focus becomes a small problem in low light conditions, as the S1 IS doesn't have a autofocus assist light. My old Sony DSC-P50 did a better job at (only!) this particular point.
It's really the only weak point of the S1 IS to my opinion, but as it could be an important issue to you, you could get disappointed. So, be warned. Regards,.
Hi, I have a Canon A70 but I am thinking to change it for the S1 IS. But I have some concern about the auto focus in low light condition. I use the camera to take pictures of my little daughter mainly, and many times on the night (inside the house with the light turned ON) is this problem of auto focus at low light condition so bad that even inside the house with the light tirned ON could I have problems? Did you experienced that or only if you are at even lower light condition than the ones I described above?.
Myself, I think the focus assist lamp is an oversight for any consumer camera that is otherwise capable of shooting indoors. But if you do a search on HYPERFOCAL it will pull up a few interesting photography articles that will assist you in setting a focal length that will work within a wide range of distances. This will vastly aid anyone shooting in low light or indoors with only moderate light, to choose a foal distance for their average shooting circumstances at home (or where ever). Also take a look at the cameras in Konica Minolta's Z series - they also have some long-zoom image stabilized models in this lineup...
I have the SI IS power shot and love it,have not experienced any low light focus issues,then again no camera is perfect in difficult ssituations. This power shot has some good manual adjustments that I have been able to get nice pics from indoors with no special lighting,you can bump up the amount of light the lens will let in and you tune the brightness of the flash positive or negative depending on what you feel you need,Only thing I dislike is that canon put the zoom dial around the shutter button which gets in the way of taking pics of subjects in motion..
Thanks but what do you mean by "you can bump up the amount of light the lens will let in" ?