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06/14/2007 04:19:11 PM · #1
I'm thinking of buying a new smaller camera that my wife will also be able use. She will use mostly point and shoot modes. I have the Canon EOS 20D but I will also want to use this when I don't want to carry the larger camera or be concerned about changing lenses.

I've been researching Canon G7, Canon S3 IS and also reading a bit about the new S5 IS. Also of interest is the Sony H7 or H9.

Compact size(relatively speaking) and a decent zoom are important. I have learned to trust and respect the advice offered here ao what I am looking for is some advice from users with perhaps even pros and cons from each.
06/14/2007 04:26:11 PM · #2
My major qualm about the S3IS was the lcd viewfinder. Not the screen, the viewfinder is an lcd screen as opposed any kind of glass. Some liked it, I hated it. I imagine this carries over to the S5IS as well.
06/14/2007 04:34:15 PM · #3
Check out the Canon A630, it is a really kewl camera! Worth its money.
06/14/2007 04:51:40 PM · #4
I like the small Fuji F series for a portable point and shoot. I have not found any small camera that can match their low light capabilities.
06/14/2007 05:13:09 PM · #5
Yeah, the Canon A-series are pretty good pocket cameras -- I think someone recently recommended the A-650. Still has the flip/tilt LCD and manual settings, I think it's a 4x zoom.

The S3/5 IS are designed to be more like SLRs -- they are not "pocket" cameras. But get one if you must have 12x zoom (like me!) ...
06/14/2007 05:14:24 PM · #6
Panasonic Lumix tz3 28mm > 280mm, image stablising etc

If the 28mm wide is not important then the Fuji F30 is going cheap now they have bought out newer models (f31fd/f40fd etc)

06/14/2007 06:25:36 PM · #7
Originally posted by phinbob:

I'm thinking of buying a new smaller camera that my wife will also be able use. She will use mostly point and shoot modes. I have the Canon EOS 20D but I will also want to use this when I don't want to carry the larger camera or be concerned about changing lenses.

I've been researching Canon G7, Canon S3 IS and also reading a bit about the new S5 IS. Also of interest is the Sony H7 or H9.

Compact size(relatively speaking) and a decent zoom are important. I have learned to trust and respect the advice offered here ao what I am looking for is some advice from users with perhaps even pros and cons from each.


I'm also looking at the Canon A710 IS. Anyone have comments about that one?
06/14/2007 07:51:22 PM · #8
That has to be one of the hardest choices to make with 100's of options on the market.
06/15/2007 04:07:56 PM · #9
Originally posted by Bugzeye:

That has to be one of the hardest choices to make with 100's of options on the market.


There are way too many options. I'm really leaning towards the Canon S5 although it doesn't seem to be available yet. For me, the knock against the S5 is that may have an LCD viewfinder rather than a "real" viewfinder. I really like what I read about the Fuji F31FD but I would like a longer zoom.
Money is not really an issue here, within reason.
06/15/2007 04:15:07 PM · #10
I think these seem pretty cool:
leica d-lux
06/15/2007 04:38:27 PM · #11
Originally posted by metatate:

I think these seem pretty cool:
leica d-lux


Which is bascially one of these, only cheaper!

Panasonic Lumix LX2

Message edited by author 2007-06-15 16:39:15.
06/15/2007 10:34:51 PM · #12
My search is over. I decided on the Canon S5 IS and I'll be picking it up at BestBuy on Sunday. Apparently they are not permitted to release it until then. I saw the camera and they have one held with my name on it. If there's something I don't like about it, it's that dang LCD viewfinder.

Thanks to all who offered suggestions and advice. I appreciate it.
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