The s5 and the s9000/9100 are both good cameras for what you are looking for..
If you havent looked at the reviews give them a look..
The Nikon is also one worth considering..
Since dp doesnt have a review on the other two.....
And ill rethrow the canon one so you can compare all 3 from same reviewer.
I hope that will help you decide. And at the end you will be happy with which ever you choose. They are all decent cameras. And the upgrade from your 3 mb camera will make you appreciate any of those even more...
I looked at the CCD size and it 1/2.5. I thought Canon would have used a lager one.From what I have lager is better...
Let's try that againCCD size is 1/2.5 and from what I have read larger ones are better in low light..
I looked at the CCD size and it 1/2.5. I thought Canon would haveused a lager one.From what I have lager is better...
Anyone who wants to do digital art should consider a DSLR. The larger sensor in one of those cameras simply gives much better/cleaner files than any P&S can. There are some new DSLR cameras that are closer to your budget. And a used camera might be in order. Canon Rebels, Nikon D70 or so. The new Pentax DSLR.
And don't be swayed by the pixel race. A good 6MP DSLR with a larger sensor will give you better files for use in digital art. And especially if you are going to charge money for it. I'm sure many will post that one can use any camera to do this. But my experience is from creating commercial digital art and design for national magazines and clients.
Cleaner files equals less time and hassle, and more income...
I agree with you that a DSLR would be a better choice, unfortunately, I have no idea how to use a manual camera. I will use the S5 as a learning platform and upgrade to a DSLR from there, once I have a little more experience with the camera, filters, manual, exposure all that stuff that I'm currently clueless about. I appreciate the info however because it gave me some insight I didnt have previously...
On the Fujifilm front I'm pretty sure the s9100/9000 were replaced by the s9600..
A somewhat cheaper option is the Fuji s6500fd (6.3Mp which I personally quite like) which has better low light capabilities (but no hotshoe or cable shutter release - so depends on what you're using it for). It goes for US$300 odd here in Oz..
The s9600 and s6x00 cams don't have IS though. The new s8000 does, but I haven't read any serious reviews of it yet so can't say how well it functions..
Have had one for a year now and it's a great bridge camera!.