There are only a handful of compacts with a slightly larger sensor and larger aperture lenses: The Canon G12 and S95, the Nikon P7000, the Olympus XZ-1, The Panasonic LX5, and the Samsung TL500. The G12 and XZ-1 are over budget unless you can find one on sale. The P7000 is apparently good but very slow. The TL500 does not have HD video. The LX5 is more capable than the S95; it's faster performing overall, has much better battery life, and is faster optically at the telephoto end of its lens by a full stop. It can also take an external flash and an optical or electronic viewfinder.
Hello, everyone! I am considering purchasing the Canon S95, but I'm not sure if I should also take a look at other cameras. I would love to hear your input.
I am looking at a budget of no more than $450 ($400 and under would be great). I would like a compact camera that can handle low-light situations well. I am not very tied to manual controls, although I do like to play around with them every now and again. An optical viewfinder would be great too, although I know that they have been phased out of most compact size cameras. I do not know much about digital photography, but I do know that a large sensor is important when it comes to photo quality.
Ultimately, I am interested in finding the best compact within my budget that can take the best pictures using
automatic settings, especially in low light situations.
Some Background: I used to own a Canon SD700IS, which I LOVED. It handled low-light situations well, and photos were always crisp. I'm not sure if I just happen to appreciate the style of Canon photos, or if that just happened to be a spectacular camera. At any rate, I upgraded a few years ago to a Sony W300. The camera is handsomely designed and has a few cool bells and whistles, but it does not handle low light situations as well as my old Canon did and photos sometimes seem "soft" if that makes any sense.
I would love to hear your comments if I should consider any other cameras.
My main concerns with the S95 is that it seems a little slow, has a mediocre battery life, and seems to be a little flimsy in terms of its build.