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Upgrading from Canon IXUS II - Need Help Please!!
Hi All.

Before I begin, please let me clear one thing up: I am not a photographer, I am just someone who takes photos...so please forgive my ignorance or any dumb comments I might make below!!.

I own a Canon IXUS IIs (SD110) and it's getting a little old....the battery is starting to fade and it's becoming increasingly obvious that the zoom (2x) is lacking....

I am looking to upgrade before I head overseas at the end of the year (SE Asia & Europe), but the more research I do into what to get next, the more confused I get...and I have a fear that when talking to people in shops I am getting the hard sell, rather than the right advice!!.

There are a few things I know I definitely want from a new camera:- more zoom- li-ion battery, not AAs- more megapixels (this doesn't have to be an outrageous increase)- auto everything, but manual options if I so chose to use them.

- would prefer to stick with Canon, but am open to other brands if they come highly recommended.

I have aspirations of owning a DSLR one day, but I know nothing about cameras and think I am too lazy to learn all the ins and outs of photography to use one (or rather lack the patience to learn)!!.

Shop assistants have recommended the following three cameras as options:- Canon IXUS 850IS (SD800 IS)- Canon Powershot G9- Panasonic TZ3.

From the research I have done and the reviews I had read on this site, these are all great cameras and all offer very different things..

I love the options available with the G9 and it would probably be as close to a DSLR I would ever get without having to get a DSLR, but I am worried about it's size and weight..

I love the idea of 10x zoom in the Panasonic, but I have been advised that if I get that there is no point really upgrading to something like the G9 in the future..

And I get the impression that the IXUS 850IS is just the next step up from what I already own..

I just don't know which way to go!! So if anyone has any advice, it would be greatly appreciated!!.

Cheers,.

Brooke.

PS. Apologies for the long post!!..

Comments (10)

Brooke,.

My owner had a similar choice recently and ended up with the G9 which he's very pleased with..

Compared against the IXUS and TZ3, the G9 has more pixels, a flash hot shoe and also the ability to add extra lenses (wide or tele). It also has a viewfinder which the TZ3 doesn't..

OK, it isn't quite as wide angled and only has a 6x optical zoom (35-210mm) v the TZ3's 10x (28-280mm) but it still takes good shots using it's 4x digital zoom (equiv of 840mm at full range) which seems plenty far enough..

Regarding size and weight, the G9 is the largest/heaviest of the 3 but my owner has no problems putting it in his trouser or jacket pocket (inside the cloth bag it comes with) and honestly it doesn't trouble him. If you've not done, try it in a shop and see. I know he was considering a Nikon P5100 because of it's smaller size/weight but was glad the G9 didn't cause him any problems in that respect..

As an aside, after buying G9 he's gone off the idea of also getting a DSLR as the G9 appears to give him everything he wants camera wise at the moment..

Therefore, I think the G9 could really help your aspirations to be a DLSR user but, you may find (like him) that your aspirations could have been met!.

Apologies if I've offended any IXUS or TZ3 owners but can only go on his thoughts re the G9 and what swayed him when he made his purchase..

Regards.....Caster..

Comment #1

Caster the Dog wrote:.

My owner.

What in the hell kind of drug are you on ?

Comment #2

Canon SX100IS should be your best bet. It has sharp 10x zoom with I.S., 8MPs, good IQ, manual modes alongwith lot of scene modes and auto mode. But it uses 2 AA batteries but has good battery life. Why do you hate AA batteries?.

If not AA than Canon SD850IS or G9 (if you need more zoom, resolution and Raw mode) will be good choices..

Brooke_Oz wrote:.

There are a few things I know I definitely want from a new camera:- more zoom- li-ion battery, not AAs- more megapixels (this doesn't have to be an outrageous increase)- auto everything, but manual options if I so chose to use them- would prefer to stick with Canon, but am open to other brands ifthey come highly recommended.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #3

Try the G9, Brooke. I think it will fit in a reasonable sized pocket. If that's too big then upgrade to the Ixus model with the 28mm wide angle lens..

Viewfinders essential for more challenging shots unless you never ever plan to see the bright sunshine..

This shot taken this afternoon on a little old 4mp s400 - fitting in a pocket meant that I actually had a camera with me when I found some really nice light..

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Comment #4

Sigezar wrote:.

Caster the Dog wrote:.

My owner.

What in the hell kind of drug are you on ? .

None at the minute - but if you know of any that are more interesting than bones or dog food - please let me know!.

Regards.....Caster..

Comment #5

Thanks Caster - I have a feeling that if I go with the G9 that I too will be satisfied and not need to upgrade to a DSLR....

I had a play with the G9 at a camera shop on the weekend and it feels nice and I think it would be an easy transition to make from my IXUS IIs because of the functionality....but I am still concerned about the size....

Although it has great zoom, I think I have ruled out the TZ3 because of the image quality issues....

Whilst at the camera shop the guy suggested the Ricoh Capilo R7...but will have to do more research on this one....

Thanks again Caster and Caster's owner!..

Comment #6

Thanks Ajay.

I don't really like batteries - everyone I know who uses batteries, even rechargeables, doesn't get as much life out of them as you do a li-ion battery...so I prefer that option....

Thanks for the other Canon suggestion though! I might go and have a look....maybe I can be swayed towards AA.....

Comment #7

Thanks John - I have ruled out the TZ3 and am now tossing up between the IXUS and the G9...ahhh the decisions! thanks for your input and your lovely photo!..

Comment #8

Ricoh looks to have an interesting spec and certainly lighter, smaller, cheaper and with a bit wider lens..

Versus G9 though you'll again miss out on such things as viewfinder, hot shoe, about 4MP and facility to add extra lenses (albeit limited ones) - all of which you may want to have to help aspire (or not as the case may be) to a DSLR in the future..

As an aside - have you thought about getting trousers/jacket with bigger pockets to help carry the G9 easier!?.

Good luck with your choice..

Regards.....Caster..

Comment #9

While R7 is a good option for casual shooting, it is nowhere near to G9 on image quality. It suffers from Purple fringing, soft corners, soft images at higher ISOs..

G9 has the best lens around among compacts. Much better than what many think. Razor sharp, with minimal fringing & distortion issues. High ISO images, though grainy, but retain lot of fine details. And it has Magnisum Alloy body to boot. It has full manual control, A/S priority modes, dedcated ISO dial for additional versatility..

Caster the Dog wrote:.

Ricoh looks to have an interesting spec and certainly lighter,smaller, cheaper and with a bit wider lens..

Versus G9 though you'll again miss out on such things as viewfinder,hot shoe, about 4MP and facility to add extra lenses (albeit limitedones) - all of which you may want to have to help aspire (or not asthe case may be) to a DSLR in the future..

As an aside - have you thought about getting trousers/jacket withbigger pockets to help carry the G9 easier!?.

Good luck with your choice..

Regards.....Caster.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

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