Compact Camera Recommendations?

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  1. Saracen
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    I fly mostly for business, and it has become harder to pack my DSLR on shorter trips. Any suggestions on a good compact? I have a 5 year old Canon Ixus and my DSLR is a Canon. So they would be my preferred manufacturer. I've heard good things about the S95.
     
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    I have a little Canon and love it. I just got it at costco. Don't know the model number though. Its a little black camera.

    I also have a canon DSLR that I carry everywhere with me, but like the little one for times when the big DSLR is overkill.
     
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    I've had very good experiences with most of the powershot SD series. They are relatively inexpensive, have good image stabilization and are ultra small. I'm not sure how they number the newer ones, but they used to (and maybe still do) add "is" at the end of the model number for the ones with image stabilization. Wouldn't surprise me if they all come with it now.

    That said, the camera takes good but not fantastic pictures, but for the price...I will keep buying this line.
     
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    No question, the Canon S95.

    It's probably one of the best compact cameras out there right now and takes fantastic pictures and videos.
     
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    Any reason why one might want to go for the G12 instead?
     
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    Recently Lucky posted the same question on his One Mile at a Time blog. He had great responses with people giving reasons why and links to comparision websites. Great information there.
     
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    I'll check it out. I did see the post but there were no comments at the time. Will look again.
     
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    The big thing is the size of the G12. It is quite a bit heavier than the S95.
     
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    While not the most compact, the Canon Powershot SX 210 is one of the best cameras I have worked with for its size. The powerful zoom and solid picture quality means you won't have to sacrifice too much when letting go of your SLR. They have come down in price quite a bit lately (released in April or May of 2010) so you should be able to pick one up for $220-$260.
     
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    I recently bought the S95 so I do not need to carry my dSLR. My initial impressions of the camera are very good. Was also condisering the Lumix LX5, but I don't have any regrets yet.
     
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    This year I bought a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5, I mainly chose this one because of it ability to take good quality low light photographs. Great for taking pictures of food no the plane. It is also waterproof and shockproof while still being very compact.
     
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    I have a s90 which might be the model -1 for the s95. I like it fine, but sometimes I think the response is too slow. It is a great camera though and compact, which is great for taking pictures in restaurants with or without my tripod. ;)

    One thing I do not like is the control ring that is on both of the cameras. I have tiny hands and find it clunky, I can't imagine what an average or bigger than average hand would feel like. I know some folks like to use a grip with the camera model.
     
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    I'm also hunting for a new small camera. Owners of the S95, is it small enough to carry in a coat pocket or is it pretty awkward and bulky? I can't tell from pictures if it's way bigger than the other compact Canons. Thanks!
     
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    It looks like the s90, it is very small. In dimension terms, Its the same width as my iphone 3gs, but a half inch shorter and twice as deep. It is a heavy camera, so you will know it is still in your pocket.
     
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    Yes will fit in your pocket like Lalala said, it isn't light.
     
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    I would only recommend that you stay in the same brand family. One of the things I have enjoyed with my Nikon's is the fundamental OS and icons have remained unchanged over 4 upgrades, I assume that Canon does the same. I am just getting too damned old to learn different OS for different cameras, let alone different icons.
     
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    Just don't buy a Nikon, Canon all the way!
     
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    I think the only thing slightly concerning me about the S95 is the somewhat restricted zoom. Are there any other cameras of comparable size with better reach? Though I hear the 24mm wide is really useful too.
     
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    Agree on the Canon s95. Fast lens and large sensor = good shots.
    And I a Nikon shooter.
     
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    Canon has a very good line of compact cameras. Just remember to ignore digital zoom (it's a scam) and just consider the optical zoom.

    The POTN Canon forum is an excellent place for info on these cameras.
     
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    Last Christmas i got myself a Leica d-lux 4. Fantasic image quality. The wide angle is very nice for landscapes and interior shots like hotel rooms, airline food photos, tiny cruise ship cabins. It also has a lot of manual control. There is a new d-lux 5 version, which is similar to the Panasonic LX5.

    Leica tends to hold value a lot better than their Panasonic twins. It also comes with a 3 year warranty vs 1 for the pany, and also includes a copy of lightroom 3 and capture one. The red dot never goes out of style.

    A couple months also I got a Sony NEX-5 and that has even better image quality, comparible to other APS-C sized DSLRs in a very compact body. Video looks amazing. On the other hand, the lenses are somewhat big and limited in selection right now. The 18-200mm E-mount lens has really good stabilization and we were able to get great handheld fireworks videos at full zoom.
     
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    Looks like I was wrong about the wide angle, S95 is 28mm, while the LX-5 is 24mm. Hmm…
     
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    If I were to do it again, I would skip the s95, LX5, p7000, g12s... And go for a "EVIL" camera like the NEX 3/5, Oly Pen, or Pany GF2.

    Also Nikon just announced the new p300 today, with a 24-100mm f1.8-4.9 lens for $329, which is a direct competitor to the S95/LX5
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/1102/11020910nikonp300.asp
     
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    Though the 1/2.3" sensor can't be good for noise. The S95 is 1/1.7"
     
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    For under the $100 price point, one of the Canon SD1300 Elph cameras is an excellent value. They are phasing out that model currently and I have seen it as low as $90 and the specs are 12 MP, 4x optical zoom, 2.7" LCD, and it weighs under 5 oz. It's not going to offer the higher end optics of the S95 or 720p video recording, but it's smaller and about a quarter of the price.
     

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