First, I have a EOS 5, and I envy you.
Second, I have a PowerShot S50, and probably never will use the EOS 5 again ! (at least until I have my own 10D or 1Ds (dreams!!).
To be serious, the S50 isn't near the EOS 5 in low or no ligth autofocus (not even close to be near), and the autofocus is slower even at sunny places, and you have a 0,1 sec of shutter lag not present in the SLRs, but the flexibility and resolution this baby can obtain, is marvelous, and you always can carry it in your pocket (I do).
Is not very good at macro (probably the Canon G5 will be a better bet, but more expensive and forget to put that baby in your pocket) but for the rest, take a look at my galleries and compare by yourself. I always shoot in RAW to the better quality instead of JPEG. RAW is like negatives, you need to "process" it with canon or third party software to get standard 16-bit TIFF or 8-bin JPEG, but the results are outstanding.
If you check my galleries, the "Iguazu" one was taken with the EOS 5/EF 28-135 IS with Kodak Portra 400VC, and scaned in a Kodak RFS3600 film scanner at 3600dpi, and the last two are taken with the S50 in RAW. Same digital photo processing aplied to both, so the differences are from the originals, not the process. Guillermo.
The cameras which seem to inspire fanatic following are the Sony DSC-f717 and Fuji S602. The Fuji isn't 5 megs and isn't a stellar low light performer. The Canon G3 was very popular and it's not clear that it isn't still a better bang for the buck than the G5 (I'd like to put the Sony focus and the Canon LCD finder on my S602!!) The Oly C5050 is also popular (and the C50?? is kind of it's equivalent to the S50 in Canon). The Minolta Dimage 7 family is popular, a little dear, and perhaps doesn't live up to it's anticipated levels of performance - it doesn't quite walk on water. I don't know that the recent small 5 meg camera in the F series has been out long enough to generate much feedback. Neither the Nikon 5700 or now 5400 seem to have excited anyone.
I'd suggest the biggest factor that may impact a choice is deciding if you want a longer zoom (and hence the need for an EVF) and the Sony F717, or can live with a shorter zoom to get the optical finder. The Canon G series finder is a killer feature even if the lens creeps into the optical finder. If I had to go solely by enthusiastic users, I'd go with the Sony (that was choice 1 for me but out of budget, the less expensive Fuji was great for me because of it's zoom and burst modes - my kids play sports - so low light was a trade-off) and the G3 was next up for me...
I would like to thank you both for your responses. I beleive I will go for the Canon G3. From the reviews I have read I beleive it is still a better camera than the G5.If you have anymore feedback I would love to hear it. Thanks..
Not sure what you'r going to use the camera for but you might look into a used D60 on your way to the 10D. The D60 is an amazing camera and although it seems to have trouble autofocusing in low light it is the best DSLR I have ever used. I bought mine for about $1,100 used. The best money I have ever spent. I will never shoot film again...
Hello Mike, I'm looking into a 10D. I beleive it is the way to go. I have done a lot of reasearch and I beleive I will buy one. I have a relitavie who works at a Camera store and I can get a 300.00 discount on it. I think that is what I'm going to do !!!!..
Just starting looking today. what is a reasonable price on a Kodak camera.what is the life of the batteries?..
Are there any walk thru...u buy the camera..bring it home after that..