I suggest you look at the Canon A710-IS.
It has all the features of the Canon A570-IS, but offers 6X optical zoom:
Here is a comparison:
Hey, I'm studying abroad in Rome for the entire year, and I need to pick out an inexpensive, but quality camera for pretty heavy photography. I am an architecture student, and will be travelling all over Italy and taking some important pictures.
I would like a decent amount of zoom, and some good ISO performance. I want manual features; although I am a beginning photographer, I would like to learn how to control my shots better. At the same time, I would like to take some night-life shots at clubs, bars, etc, and might feel out of place with the larger cameras (sony h2, s3). Price is pretty important also. Thanks!
I've been looking and have tried out... Other suggestions would be great as well.
Sony H2.............. good zoom, IS, but I've heard higher ISO lacks
Canon a570 IS........ smaller, great shots, ISO good, but 4x zoom
Samsung s850......... smallest, lowprice,5x zoom, no IS, ISO average
Canon s3............. most expensive, I've heard great things, but I thought some of the H2s shots I took look better