I've pre-ordered one. I was about to buy an S1 IS based mostly on Dave's praise of the virtues of that model, when the news broke about the S2. It will be my first digital camera, and seems worth the wait. I will be shooting some more film until then...
I am a newbee to this world , I am not sure which is better for me , I have 3 cam s in mind 1) Canon PowerShot S2 IS (5MP 12x optical and 4x digital zoom).
2) Nikon Coolpix 8800 (8MP 10x optical and 4x digital zoom).
3) Kodak EasyShare Z740 Digital Camera (5MP 10x optical and 5x digital zoom) post your views which one is optimum choice..
From what I have learned recently: With the long zoom lens: Now that image stabilization seems to be getting into more cameras, you ought to opt for it if you can. Since the Canon and the Kodak are nearly in the same price range, and the Canon has IS and the Easyshare does not, I think you lean toward the Canon. Not sure how to compare the Nikon 8800 and the Canon, except to say that the Canon, on the surface seems to offer everything vital that the Nikon does, perhaps more, for a lower price, though discounts on the Nikon may be available. The Nikon 4800 would be another to compare here, but again, no IS. I have considered all the same ones you seem to have looked at, including some of the Konica-Minoltas, and some others. Although I am very eager to get my camera (the Canon S2 IS seems to be the only one that will require waiting) I am going to wait for the Canon.
Next year at this time, the choice will not be so clear, as surely other manufacturers will have responded to the pressure to follow suit...
I too am eagerly waiting for the Canon! One thing about the 8800 we decided after much researching that this was the camera that we wantedthen I went to a store and tried one and I hated itit was much too big for me. My husband, on the other hand, loved the size, so I guess it's personal opinion. I love the fact that the S2 is not a huge camera and still has everything that we wantedlike I said I'm eagerly awaiting it's arrival! I'm in Canada and hope I don't have to wait too long!..
Hi JZ, Have you considered the Panasonic FZ20?? I am making the FZ20 as the benchmark in my search for my new camera. Anything better than it is my next camera. Regards,.
Can anybody tell me if is it possible to connect s2 IS with computer over USB ?? USB cable is not provided in the box ?? is is mandetory to buy a card reader with the S2 IS ??..
Samant, Of course you can. In fact, Canon's typically have very good PC software bundles and you can even remotely control the camera from a PC over USB. It does come with a USB cable (ICF-400PCU). It's the white cable in this picture of the kit you get with the camera: http://web.canon.jp/Imaging/pss2is/package-e.html And because the S2's USB is version 2.0, it should be quite fast downloading images and movies if your computer has a USB 2.0 port. Maxx..