We use a Canon S30 for most of our department web work and bottom line for most web stuff either of the the above should be fine. Shoot in tiff, edit and retouch in tiff, and then save final to "jpg" for web posting as jpg loses something everytime you resave it. Optical zoom does not produce as good quality as true lens zoom since the ccd is interpolating pixel size to create zoom effect. Result is more noise and in lower light the results are not great and for action shoots I would not rely on optical zoom. I could suggest RAW format (if cameras support it) as RAW is somewhat quivalent to SLR negative and allows a great amount of manipulation. For the web one has to ask is it worth it? Who is the client? For personal web work, I would try both and get the one that you feel comfortable with.
To vincent: ThIs re my comment re Minolta OR Fuji. Two user users at work tryed both and ended up trading to the Minolta. They didnt like the fuji saying it fealt cheap. It was a finepix dont know model #. Also I should correct myself when I said "optical" zoom. I MEANT digital.
Thank you, tim and I think I will go for the Minolta and grab it over the weekend...
I really wanted to buy the Minolta Xi (3mp) but there were just too many negative coments in the minolta forums. Eventually I gave up on the idea of a "small" camera and I'm stuck between the Fuji 3800 and the Cannon S30..
I dont know much about this Minolta or the vaildity of the comments and whether the complaints were tech problems or user problems. We use a bunch of Canon at work for our web development the S30 is one and it works great. Think you have to really know where you want your stuff to end up and where you are in the digital world ie new experinced etc. I came out out of SLR after 15 16 years and was amazed at the stuff I didnt know and how much I had to adjust my work flow from one to the other. I would suggest trying both (if you can) my dealer was great about that and then going with the one I felt comfrotable withYes I read the reviews and listened to the experts but sometimes this can leave you frustrated. Parlysis by analysis.