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Old Dec 18, 2009, 7:05 PM   #1
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Default Replacement for Canon SD870is

Couple weeks back my briefcase, containing my Canon SD870is, was stolen. I really liked that camera, but of course it isn't available anymore. So, I come to this forum for advice on a replacement.

Things I liked about the SD870:

3 in screen
Good photo quality
Fast power-up to first image (1 sec)
Solid feeling, the buttons were all solid and the camera had some heft to it
Good size for my hands: 3.6 in x 2.3 in x 1 in
A very wide angle lens at 28 mm

I looked at the Canon 970, but that interactive screen on the back really is a pain, and the camera felt overall poorly made. Others in the Canon family also don't seem to have the same quality of materials.

Canon SX200 is nice, but that pop up flash that can't be turned off is a bit frustrating. It is a bit larger

Panasonic Lumix ZS3 is a strong contender, but it seems to have a long power-up to first image (2.5 sec)

So, I turn to this fine forum to see what advice might show up. I recognize there will probably be as many opinions as members on this site.
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Old Dec 18, 2009, 7:32 PM   #2
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did you have a look at canon's s90. it offers some of the fastest shooting speeds of any of the small p&s, also some of the best image quality as well, and is well-constructed, more so than the 870 you were happy with


also stays in the canon brand that you have been happy with and are use to.
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Welcome to the Forum. We are glad that you dropped by.

I own the Panasonic ZS-1 and it seems to "boot up" quite quickly. It also provides good image quality, but indoor photos are a chore due to the very small and very weak built-in flash unit. The Canon S-90 is a much better choice.

Have a great day, and a Merry Christmas.

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Old Dec 18, 2009, 9:25 PM   #4
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You are both right, that is a beautiful camera which will capture great images.

I am enticed, but the price is holding me back a bit. I paid about $250 for the SD870. What would you recommend in the $225-275 range?
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i might have a look at panasonic's zr1. it is a small, well built camera utilizing a similar sensor as the zs3, but in a more compact body with a smaller, but still respectable 8x zoom. it has panasonic's newest processor so it boots up quite quickly compared to the competition and faster than its sibling zs1/3 series. HD video with zoom is an added bonus.
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Thanks for all the help. I ended up going with the Canon SD940. Slightly smaller screen and smaller in size, but it most closely replicated what I had before - and without that pesky dial on the back.

S90 is on the horizon, but I am waiting for the expected price drop.
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congratulations. i am sure the 940 will be a familiar and capable kit for you.
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Congratulation on your new Canon SD-940. I know that you will enjoy it.
Post some photos when you have the opportunity.

Have a great day and a Merry Christmas.

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