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What digital cameras besides Canon Powershots?

by waterbottle35 / June 22, 2008 8:43 AM PDT

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!

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 22, 2008 10:02 AM PDT

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.

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Have you thought about buying two cameras?

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Still trying to decide
by waterbottle35 / June 22, 2008 11:29 AM PDT
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Yeah, I had thought of buying 2 cameras, but really I don't take the product photos THAT often. Mainly I'd use it as an everyday camera. So I really can't justify spending $500+ on two cameras.

Right now I'm trying to decide between:

Canon SD-890
Canon SD-850 (despite battery compartment door problems)
Sony Cybershot DSC-W130
Pentax Optio S10 (the S12 didn't get very good reviews from users)

The Canon SD1100 looks attractive but I don't think the zoom will be long enough.

The Canon SD-700 sounded great; too bad it was discontinued!

It's so hard to make a decision. Some people love a specific camera and then others say it takes blurry shots or whatever....

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Two Cameras
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 22, 2008 12:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Still trying to decide

How about picking one of the cameras you listed and a Canon A590IS.
For a total of under $500.

The A590IS has all the features you wanted but with a moderate 4X zoom.
It would be great for product photos.
It sells for about $150.

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Canon Powershots
by taboma / June 22, 2008 4:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Two Cameras

What about the G-7 that I purchased for my son last year?
Would that fill the bill for her? Nice camera and auto features.

-Kevin

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