Three years ago, the sub compact cameras did not produce an image that could compete with a compact camera.
When Canon came out with the SD500 in Feb of 2005, things changed; they had the right combination of CCD sensor and lens. That camera is still a winner.
The sub-compact camera can be a problem for many people, it is more difficult to hold steady.
If you want a sub-compact camera, choose one with optical image stabilization and you should be a happy camper.
I'm looking to buy a digital camera and I'm not sure whether to buy a subcompact or just a regular compact. I know that compacts have more manual controls and higher optical zoom than subcompacts but neither of these are important to me. The only thing I care about is quality of picture, and I figure that perhaps the compact's lenses are better since they are bigger than that of subcompact cameras. But otherwise, I would prefer the subcompact since it's smaller.
So, bottom line: forgetting about all the other features, is the picture of compact cameras significantly better than that of sub-compact cameras (assuming that I will not use the manual modes)?
Any camera recommendations?
Thanks for your help!