Canon is definitely a better-regarded brand than Kodak. They really know how to make compact digital cameras. Their most serious competition these days is Panasonic. I've had 3 Canon compacts now, and would be very reluctant to try something else..
That said, Canon doesn't offer much of anything for less than $150. In that price range, I'd consider Kodak, but probably end up with Nikon. In the $200-$250 range of the cameras you mention, I'd get the Canon. If the SX100 IS exceeds your budget, look at the A720 IS..
If I were going to put the compact camera brands in tiers, it would look something like this:.
1. Canon2. Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji3. Everyone else..
In my opinions kodak take sharper pic and the colors are better, you can't go wrong with kodak color, if you know how to use manual mode then you can try Kodak z885 or kodak c875 their sensor are larger than most of Canon Point and Shoot Camera too. Search around for samples pic and you will see how sharp it is..
But it's better for you to go to store and try them out too see which one fit you better...
Thanks for the feedback. I have to admit that everyone I have consulted with about this has recommended the Canon. I am going to take a look at the Canon you suggested and see if it is something to consider. If not I am probably going to go with the SX100...
I really appreciate your suggestion. I like the kodak better but am concerned about durability. I have to agree with you that the picture quality and color are probably better on the Kodak. I was told by a salesperson that if the Kodak breaks it is very expensive to fix. Have you owned Kodaks and can you tell me about the durability? I have read several post on other sites that people have bought the Kodak z712 and the lens caps broke or fell off all the time. Can you tell me about any experiences with a Kodak?..
I have the kodak c875 as my backup camera and it did very well on trips to NYC and Germany, takes good pictures and focuses pretty quickly. Auto mode underexposes with flash but has lots of scene modes and AV, TV, and manual modes. Not too bad even for night at iso of less than 400. I liked having perfect touch on the camera before I started using photoshop and dSLRs.
Using lithium AAs gives the best performance..
I was told by a salesperson that if the Kodak breaks it is very expensive to fix..
What the salesperson failed to tell you is that ALL P&S cameras are expensive to fix..
Typically 2/3 (or more) the purchase price of a new one..
Amd, in the $150 and under price range, often the repair cost is more than what the camera cost to buy..
So.I wouldn't worry about that as a consideration for which camera to buy..
Personally, I wouldn't consider either of the cameras you mentioned..
Have a look at the Fuji S700/5700 (10x), the S8000 (18x), or the Panasonic FZ8 (12x) and TZ-3 (10x with 28mm wide angle)!.
These are all better cameras.and in the same price range..
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