The Canon S5IS will probably be a better investment than the Kodak Z712IS.
The Canon SD890IS has a pretty good zoom for an ultra compact camera, but it does not offer you much room for growth in photography.
It does not have the manual controls of the other two cameras.
While you are looking.
Look at the Canon G9. It is Canon's Premium non-DSLR camera and is at the top end of your budget.
A less expensive version would be the Canon A720IS.
Both have the important manual controls
Hi. I am having trouble deciding on a digital camera to buy. I am not very saavy and would be using auto mode most of the time.
I am looking for a camera that can take great photos as well as capturing my dogs and 7 month old daughter moving constantly (so basically action shots as well.) I am looking to spend under $500.
I have been told to purchase the Kodak easyshare z712IS, the Canon SD890IS, or and the Canon s5IS. Do you have any advice? Thanks so much.