I find having a wider lens very handy. Most digital cameras start at about 35mm equivalent. The Canon SD870IS starts at 28mm. Much better for landscapes, architecture, and groups of people..
Canon still makes the best P&S cameras. However, the SD870IS is about $260. The A720IS and SX100IS are nice, but give up the wide angle for longer telephoto...
I have the Fuji F45fd, which is the same as the F40fd. Solid performer, but a little cranky to master. For a simple change of pace from Canon also take a look at Olympus Stylus and Panasonic FS5 and FS20..
Greg Nut wrote:.
Canon still makes the best P&S cameras. However, the SD870IS isabout $260. The A720IS and SX100IS are nice, but give up the wideangle for longer telephoto..
Canon is a great brand and nothing wrong with their P&S cameras; early to implement stabilization, good build quality, solid electronics, easy to use, etc., but otherwise average in terms of lens sharpness, noise levels, color rendering, focus speed and macro capabilities. Where I'm most disappointed with Canon is how late they are getting wide angle lenses into their P&S cameras and their video quality and features are about 5 years behind Casio, Samsung, and Panasonic, all three of which produce 28mm, 24mm and 25mm lenses, respectively..
Of course, I'm speaking in general terms. Some high end Canon P&S models are very sharp (e.g. G9), but their line of cameras does not stand out as being sharper than the rest...
I was all set to buy the Canon 870is, but then today an alert from slickdeals.net popped into my inbox. Sears.com has the Casio ex-z1080 on clearance for $125 with store pick up..
Granted it may not be in the same class as the Canon, but have received some decent reviews. In addition, it was just too good of a deal to pass for our needs..
I was going crazy trying to decide on a P & S, but this finally sealed it for me..
I have an A70. Mine has broke several times. I keep sending it back to canon and they keep fixing it for free..
I think they got sued over it and it's got an extra long warranty. They connections on the sensor get loose and the pictures get all purple funky and black with horizontal lines. They even paid for the shipping. Worthwhile to keep as a backup, you know, for the times it works..
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