Downgrade advice: Another
I bought the Nikon D70 a couple of years ago and although I have taken 1000's of pics, I have to honestly say that most were on auto. I have had very little time to play around with the camera and would like to find a very fast P&S. I have 3 small children, so they would be the main subjects, but I love super-macro shots and of course, nature shots also. I also want a compact/lightweight camera as the d70 is very hefty in my small, weak hands..

I am going to to keep the D70 for future use when my kids aren't so small and I can learn more. For now though, I was looking at.

Canon sd950 ISCanon G9Olympus SP-560 UZ.

I really want to get to a store to be able to handle them, but any thoughts would be greatly appreciated..


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Would like to find a very fast P&S..

Without being sarcastic, everyone would like this, but it does not really exist..

I also want a compact/lightweight.

Especially a compact and lightweight form. .

Canon sd950 ISCanon G9Olympus SP-560 UZ.

All I can advise you is the following :.

With * any * camera shooting kids well is best done :- using the flash and base ISO ( or as close as you can get )- using the (simple) prefocus techniqus ( learn this !! )- using luck ( yes, I do mean that ).

With 3 kids you have quite a lot on your hands. I'd suggest you don't get these because they are on the relatively heavy side ( except the A590 ). The Olympus SP-560 is an ultra-zoom, and I think that's wasted on you as your priority will be kids that won't be that far away. My objection to the A590 is that it's new and won't give you more, but will cost more than other options..

The G9 is a brick, in my opinion over-rated and hyped, and, even if it is not, is over-featured for someone who wants something for auto mode mainly. I don't believe it gives better image quality than, say the A720. In short, you'd be better off with the others because they are cheaper..

I'd suggest you consider the :.

- Canon A720 IS- Canon SD 870 IS- Canon SX100.

The fact they are all Canon's is simply because they are - I used to prefer Fujis, but Canon do make well designed equipment..

The SX100 is the biggest, but still relatively light and has a long zoom. The SD 870 is as small a compact as you can get and is the only one of these with a wide angle lens, but has a shorter range zoom. The A720 sits in the middle of them and I think it's a great all-rounder ( a personal bias here  )..

They all have good macro modes, and you'll have no problem there. Canon's macro modes lately have, if anything, let you get too close..

Flash recharge times can be a little slow with all compacts, and I don't think these are particularly bad or good..


Fuji S3 ProPentax K100DFuji S9600Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #1

I agree with StephenG that the Oly ultra-zoom is overkill. And I also like the Canons he listed. For flash work I would be tempted to expand the list with the Sony H3 / H10..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #2

Don't think I'm not hearing you guys, because I have looked into these after you suggested them and they may be what I am looking for, but is the Canon S3 still in the realm of overkill? I see the price is very competitive right now, but I am hoping to find a store that has a selection of all of these..

Anyone know of a good store in Boston or surrounding areas?.

Once again, thanks for the responses..


Comment #3

If you're going to keep the DSLR then get a pocket P&S that does all the work for you and rarely gets anything wrong. If you go for a G9 you're going to be tempted with fiddling around with the settings.The 870 with the wider angle zoom is probably just what you're looking for..

John.Please visit me at:

Comment #4

Feel free to ignore me - most posters do ..

I'm fine with the Canon S3. If you can find one at a bargain price ( baring in mind the S5 is the current model ! ) and you like it - sure. It's certainly a very capable camera. There was some discussion at the time of the S5's launch that it was not really an improvement on the S3..

I'd point out that the S3 uses 4 AA batteries, which increases the weight. Do you really get more from it ? Well it's a good camera and the handling is good, so I won't be negative about it. Handling you like is worth something too..


Fuji S3 ProPentax K100DFuji S9600Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #5

I had the Canon S3. Very capable camera, it was my play DSLR. Also kinda heavy with 4 AA batts on board. Of course that is no problem around the house, but the S3 would not be my choice for an all day expedition at Disneyworld. I think the Oly is a little less weight than the S3? If you're bargain hunting for a zoomer I've also seen some deep discounts on the old Canon SX100, Fuji S700, and Sony H3. I know my credit card gets itchy every time I see those H3 prices ....


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