Canon's budget megazoom, the PowerShot SX100
I'm not sure that Canon's new 10X zoom is a better deal than its similarly-priced but last-generation 12X S3 IS.
The continuing popularity of its less-expensive but last-generation
|S3 IS||SX100 IS|
|Resolution||6 megapixels||8 megapixels||8 megapixels|
|f/2.7-to-f/3.5, 36mm-to-432mm (12X)||f/2.8-4.3, 36mm-360mm (10X)||f/2.7-3.5, 36mm-to-432mm (12X)|
|LCD size||2 inches||2.5 inches||2.5 inches|
|Power||4 AA batteries||2 AA batteries||4 AA batteries|
Given its specs, the SX100 has a confusing market fit. Its aforementioned competitors sport 12X zoom lenses but 7-megapixel sensors; however, you're generally better off with the longer lens and the smaller sensor. And I'm no big fan of electronic viewfinders (EVF), but I don't know that dropping it entirely is such a good idea. However, it will certainly be an interesting camera to look at when the time comes.