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opinions: SONY W170 or CANON SD950/890/770 ??

by stormparade / June 28, 2008 11:19 PM PDT

Hello! So I'm looking for a camera to replace the Canon SD700 that I no longer have. I adored that camera. Before the sd700, I owned two other Canon cameras. I am open to other brands, but I feel comfortable with the Canon brand.

This is what is currently important to me:
- size (ultra-compact)
- viewfinder - while these are usually somewhat inaccurate, i sometimes I want to sneak pictures without people noticing. also, I find a viewfinder helpful if I know that I'm going to run out of battery soon and want to conserve as much power as possible while still taking pictures
- photo quality, especially in low-light conditions - i know that compact cameras don't take the best quality pictures. But given my restrictions, i am looking for a camera that will produce the highest quality pictures possible (vivid colors, sharp/crisp, low noise). I prefer not to use a flash when possible, so excellent low-light abilities are important to me.
- build quality - i would like for it to hold up over time

SO, I've narrowed my list down to these four (in no particular order):

Canon Powershot SD770 - This camera is both less wide and tall than my old SD700 -- but it is slightly thicker. But... okay, fine, I think the back is kind of ugly and that I will miss having a rotating wheel. I'm having some trouble finding extensive reviews on this one.

Canon Powershot SD890 - I've read that it's an upgrade of the sd850, which was an upgrade of the sd700 that I so dearly loved. That said, the plastic body is a bit of a turn-off and it is oddly shaped. Also, given its dimensions, it is slightly larger than the sd700. I was hoping for something a tad smaller, but I suppose that's a minor complaint. It's still ultra-compact.

Canon Powershot SD950 - Well, I don't need 12 MP. The camera seems to have all I want (and in some cases, costs less than the SD890), except reviews complain of lag time. The camera seems slow and is larger in every way than the SD 700, which makes me hesitate. However, it has the largest sensor of the bunch--which means better image quality/less noise (or am I completely off base)?

Sony Cybershot DSC W170 - I've only used Canon in the past, so I added this camera with some hesitation. I think the camera itself is beautiful. Although taller and wider, it is also much thinner than the others. From what I've read, it has received good reviews. Maybe I'm crazy, but I find that cybershot pictures turn out more vibrant than those from a canon. I've been having trouble finding reviews that discuss its photo quality, which is an important quality to me (I found one review that calls its photo quality "decent," which isn't great considering the Canons are almost all lauded for their "excellent" photo quality).

Of these four cameras, which would you choose and why?

Have I overlooked any that fit my needs?
I recognize that by insisting upon a viewfinder, I have substantially limited my choices. Maybe a camera like the Canon SD870 or SD790 would be better for me despite the lack of viewfinder? Maybe having a viewfinder isn't as important as I think it is? I don't know, I feel torn in that respect.

Thanks!

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Canon or Sony eh!
by Skorpii / June 29, 2008 12:18 AM PDT

I'd take a Canon(almost any) over a Sony.

Wink

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SD790IS & SD870IS
by CarFreak8394 / June 29, 2008 4:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Canon or Sony eh!

I think the SD790IS or SD870IS would suit you very well. The SD790IS is very compact, and has an awesome 3-inch screen, and the SD870IS has a nice wide-angle, and the same 3-inch screen. So if I were you, I would look at those two. Personally, I don't find a viewfinder necessary, and you get a bigger screen too. Hope this helps. (:

Tim.

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yeah
by stormparade / June 29, 2008 7:03 AM PDT
In reply to: SD790IS & SD870IS

thanks, your input does help. you basically said what i had been thinking. quality-wise, which camera seems to be superior--the sd790 or sd870?

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canon>sony?
by stormparade / June 29, 2008 7:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Canon or Sony eh!

yeah, i was kind of thinking the same, quality-wise -- but i wasn't sure if that was just something i thought since i'd always used canons or if canons are actually generally superior to sonys in quality.

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you've done pretty good
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thank you
by stormparade / June 29, 2008 7:04 AM PDT

thanks for the input -- i missed the weak w170 flash!

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