There is just so much that you can stuff into a small camera.
No one makes an Ultra Compact camera with the features you want.
You need to think bigger.
If you want something lighter than the Canon G9, you have few choices:
Nikon P60, Canon A590, A650, A720
If you want big zoom (10X and plus), you need to look at cameras larger and heavier than the Canon G9.
Have you thought about buying two cameras?
I need to replace my old Pentax Optio S, which is starting to malfunction.
I have been looking at the various Canon Powershot Elph models, but some of them lack features I need. I would really appreciate some help!
The features I want are:
1. An optical viewfinder (very important)
2. Manual exposure control (very important)
3. Decent zoom (very important)
4. Lightweight and compact as possible (important)
5. Ability to take short movies (important)
6. Image stabilization and face detection (less important)
The problem is, I'm buying this camera for a variety of purposes. Most of the time I will use it to take family photos and photos of my daughter's sports matches (therefore the zoom and image stabilization would be good to have).
But I own an internet busines and will also use the camera to take product photos (which is why I need manual exposure control -- for use with my lightbox).
I'm not an expert with cameras, so I like the "auto point and shoot" features that many cameras have. But I also need to have some manual control when necessary.
Seems that I keep coming back to the Canon line (the SD890-IS, or even the SD1100-IS). But apparently there is no manual exposure control on the entire line of Elph cameras. Their higher end (for example the G9) are much heavier than I'd want.
Can anyone recommend other brands of cameras that have high ratings and also have the features I've mentioned? Seems like every time I begin to investigate another line, they don't have an optical viewfinder, or other important features are also missing.
Thank you in advance!