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Old Aug 18, 2007, 6:05 PM   #1
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I think my long loved Canon S400 is dying. I first found out about Canon Powershots looking at Steve's DigiCams years ago. Since then, I have done research for friends and family on the site, but it's been quite a while. Over the years, I have continued to recommend the Canon digital elphs for small cameras with excellent picture quality and ease of use. I will individual reviews myself, but I'm wondering if I really need to seriously consider any other brands in replacing my camera. Or can I just declare myself a lover of Canon digital point and shoots and figure out which model I want? (I'm actually a Nikon SLR girl, but I haven't been able to make the leap to digital SLR yet. No money. And see below...) It seems clear that Steve's still likes the Canon Digital Elphs, but I haven't read the info on any of the other brands in quite a while.

I have a two year old and two dogs, so the majority of my pictures are taken of life in motion. A super quick shot is crucial (That's actually the only reason I'm sort of glad my camera is dying; new ones are much faster), but I use the LCD. I just so prefer it. I need the camera to be small enough to fit in my pocket, purse or diaper bag. I use it constantly and always need to have it. I use the movie mode often to capture that new word or action when my real video camera is not around. All that as givens, picture quality, picture quality, picture quality. I thought I'd use manual modes more than I do, given my SLR and photography class background. But I guess the life of a mom leads one into auto mode 85% of the time.

I know everyone has their favorites, but I'm wondering if anyone has a really good argument for getting another brand.
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I quite like the Canon A-710IS which is pleasingly small and fast. It is getting harder to find, as the rumor is that Canon will soon announce a replacement to the A-710IS. So it you have a bit of time ( a fortnight) you might be able to shop for a brand new camera from Canon. I have attached an A-710IS sample photo.

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Old Aug 18, 2007, 9:45 PM   #3
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If you do not need IS (Image Stabilization) certainly the Canon A630 is another excellent camera to consider. It is currently selling for less than $200.00.

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Are the A series still made out of plastic? I'd been planning on the SD series because they are more robust, and I don't really mind the rechargables (though batteries are likely easier). If I get a Canon, which seems very likely, I'm thinking it willmost likely be the SD850is. (Yes, I do want the IS for sure.)

So, folks, Canon, or look at another brand too?
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The Canon SD-850 IS is also an excellent choice. The difference between th A- series and the S-series is size and casing. The S-series casin is metal ans the cameras are physically smaller. The SD-850IS is the newest of the S-series, currently selling for $(US) 340.00 to $(US) 365.00, while having a bit more optical zoom at 4X.

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Old Aug 20, 2007, 9:12 PM   #6
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Joyelyse, other brands you should consider:

- Fuji F-serie for its unmatched low-light performance (but it is almost the only thing they have for them)

But for me the most interesting other brand is Panasonic:
- Their lenses are designed by Leica (meaning much better than average optical quality) and better focal range than average
- All their cameras come with Image Stabilization
- They are usually very fast and are ergonomically good

In their pocketable camera with big zoom, look at:
- TZ3 (10x zoom! wide-angle lens)
- LZ6 (6x zoom much cheaper)

There is also the LX2 with only 4x zoom, but it has full manual controls.
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So, I think it's good I went in. I tried out the s5is, sd850is and an A series, I think it was the 570IS. I LOVED the s5is. My dream camer EXCEPT it's so big. I really can't see bringing it everywhere. After the s5is, I really really didn't like the sd850. The ergonomics weren't nearly as good. The camera wasn't nearly as fast to focus and shoot. It's out of the running. The A series OTOH was much more comfortable to hold and seemed to shoot a little faster. So, now I'm thinking I ether need to find an A710 or consider one of the newly released models. I don't think the 710 has the face feature, which I couldn't really perceive making a difference, but maybe it was. Ugg, and of course, there are no reviews yet of the new ones. How long does that usually take?

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It depends on how fast Canon gets the new cameras to the reviewers, and on how much backlog the reviewers might have in doing their reviews. i would not look for a review on the A-720IS until the end of September or early October. They usually time their reviews, so that the review is published as the cameras are available on the dealer's shelves.

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Old Aug 22, 2007, 2:32 PM   #9
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Sarah Joyce,

If you were me, what would you do? I could go with the 570 and sacrifice the zoom. I can go with the 710 and sacrifice the face detection. I can try the 720 w/o any reviews. Or I can wait and hope my camera keeps taking photos a little longer. I'm wondering if speed is really more important than face detection. The newer models seem to be getting slower and slower.

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What about the Canon Sx100IS ....just released by Canon on Aug 20th and selling for about $300 in the US.


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