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Old Mar 24, 2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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I'm looking to replace my broken Canon PS 410. I've been reserching for sometime & I'm just confused. The SD 4000 sounds like it takes quality photos, but does not have a durable body. The ELPH 500 has a metal construction, but hows the photo quality?

I want a compact p&s to take along on family trips. I basicly take photos of my kids, but I do take some scenery & nature photos. My budget is $350 & I'm looking for durability & photo quality .

I've taken 10000+ photos with my 410 before it gave up. I would like to stay with Canon but I've heard Panasonic makes quality cameras.

Which direction should I go?

(I was looking at the ELPH 500 not the 300)

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Old Mar 24, 2011, 4:57 PM   #2
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The canon 500HS has not been released yet, so we really don't know much about it. The SD4000 is a really good little camera, but has very little (3.8X) zoom. It is a bargain right now and has excellent image quality. I have one.

In the Panasonic Line there is the FH20 and ZR3 both with 8X zoom. However the built-in flash unit is on the weak side.

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Thank You Sarah. How is the body construction on the sd4000? I can't find it in my local stores & it seems to be plastic in web pictures. Also how are indoor photos? 65% of the pictures I take are indoor I was leaning towards the sd4000 but not being able to actually see the camera has put my purchase on hold. Thank You so much for you input.
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The body of the SD4000 is of a bakelite plastic which has proved to very durable indeed in actual use. The built-in flash is powerful and has quite a nice reach, as demonstrated by the attached photo.

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Old Mar 25, 2011, 12:09 AM   #5
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Here's my suggestion considering 3 of your criteria: $350 budget, durability & photo quality... Canon refurbished S95!! Currently $319.

I ordered one a little over a week ago with a 10% online coupon and also got free shipping. I couldn't be happier.

I called in and spoke to rep asking a couple of questions, she was helpful, I thanked her and told her I would order online once I had made my decision. She immediately offered free shipping. I bit; I was even lucky enough to get one with only 37 pictures taken on the life timer.

S95 had a metal body & great image quality. Check it out.
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Thank You for the picture. Buying something online & not being able to hold it & examine it scares me! How easy is the it to maneuver the menu? Also does it have a tripod jack? I'm not all that camera savy, but I do know a little about cameras. Why is the Canon S95 so highly recommended?
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Because it has a substantially larger imager giving you better image quality and better low light level shooting. .

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