Having used the big World Wide Web, I (with difficulty) managed to cut my shortlist down to five new cameras to consider. There are MANY really GOOD cameras out there and making this selection took a lot of reading and searching for information – not always very easy to get – about my particular requirements.
Two cameras that (I am sorry to say) had to go was the Canon Ixus 300 HS and Canon S90 – sorry because I have really liked the Canons I have had so far … the handling of my Ixus 860 IS was really easy and fast. I assume that the 300 HS and the S90 both would have handled very well … Also the pictures from the diffrent Canon cameras produce very similar-looking pictures whitch is very good when you mix pictures! But they had to go for the following reasons:
The Canon 300 HS does not sport full HD move, the screen is just 230000 pixels and zoom is 28-105 mm – all of which is a underachieving today – but is as good as my Ixus 860 IS + better 720 HD movie! What killed it was its 3″ widescreen 😦 – using only the 3/4 in the middle for showing pictures (<2.5″ usable screen)! Using such a low resolution screen after my EOS 550D superb screen was NOT acceptable – I decided!
The Canon s90 underachieaved with the zoom (28-105 mm) as well – but was also featurewise very close to my Ixus 860 IS – but what killed it today was its 640×480 movie mode. With 720 HD I would have kept it on the shortlist. (I just saw that Canon released the S95 – with 720 HD video! Sorry Canon – and me! Just a little too late!)
Working my way through the relatively new cameras – searching for the technical facts and features – and hopefully – getting them right… I finally got it down to the following five cameras which all has 24 mm (25 mm) wide angle 5x (10x) zoom lenses:
- Panasonic DMC-FX700
- Samsung WB2000
- Sony DSC-WX5
- Sony DSC-HX5V
- Sony DSC-TX9
A 14 Mpix sensor is a little on the high side and not back lit. Good fast lens – f 1:2.2 and good close up distance of 3 cm. Let down by its 230 000 pixel screen. Really good long shutter times 60 sec manual and 8 sec automatic! Panorama support for taking adjoining pictures. Mysterious wide angle limit of 29 mm when filming! Good battery life.
10 Mpix backlit sensor. Good fast lens – f 1:2.4 and good close up distance of 5 cm. VERY promising Amoled screen 614 000 pixel screen. Good long shutter times 16 sec manual but only 1 sec automatic! Sweep panorama support. Unknown battery life.
12 Mpix backlit sensor. Good fast lens – f 1:2.4 and good close up distance of 5 cm. OK screen 460 000 pixel screen but “only” 2.8″. Limited long shutter times 2 sec manual and only 1 sec automatic! Sweep panorama support. Very tempting 3D support! Unknown battery life. But why 5 hour battery charge!?
10 Mpix backlit sensor. Not so fast lens – f 1:3.5 but 10x zoom and good close up distance of 5 cm. Let down by its 230 000 pixel screen. Good long shutter times 30 sec manual but only 1 sec automatic! Sweep panorama support. GPS! Good battery life. But why 5 hour battery charge!?
12 Mpix backlit sensor. Not so fast lens – f 1:3.5 and only 4x but good close up distance of only 1 cm. Very good 3.5″ screen 921 000 pixel. Limited long shutter times 2 sec manual and only 1 sec automatic! Sweep panorama support. Very tempting 3D support! Medium battery life.
As I said before I have really tried to find the correct info on these cameras – for my own sake – if you see any errors please let me know and I will correct them.