25 January 2010

Let's talk Point & Shoot!

Okay. So back in June, I got myself the Canon Rebel XS.  It's mystical and full of amazing, and probably made of puppy eyelashes and rainbows or something. It is liquid magnificence spun with gold and orgasms.
It filters everything through it's Lens of Magic, via which I am able to convince all of you poor souls that Gabriel and I are fabulously good looking.  Because it's just that awesome.  It makes people better looking. 


Moving on.

My great big camera of MAGIC-MAKING is not allowed to go out to bars with me, because, obviously.  So I've had my Canon Powershot that my mom gave me for my 25th birthday. And for two years it has been filling my world with love and joy and ease-of-transport.  And then. AND THEN. On Saturday I broke it. As in really, definitely, user-error, FUCKED UP, broken forever, broke it.  At one point I looked at it and the lens was all crookedly shoved and manhandled back into the camera. BROKEN.

I'm in the market for a new point and shoot.
I am in love with Canon ownership.
Can someone explain to me the difference (aside from price) between the following cameras which have come under consideration?

Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD

Canon PowerShot SD970IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD

Canon PowerShot SD940IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD

Canon PowerShot SD960IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8-inch LCD

Canon PowerShot SD780IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD

Main priorities, from my perspective: smallness (must fit in small purse or coat pocket), ease of use, quality of pictures.
If you have any experience with any of these, I'd like to hear, and if you have any opinions about cameras-not-these, I'd like to hear that too.  My main reason for focusing so strongly on Canons in general and specifically on PowerShots is that I've been very happy with this choice in the past.  But I'm not unswayable.
Please to advise?


  1. Let me know what you find out. I need a P&S similar in quality to a basic DSLR for the concert I'm going to in March. I'm looking at the g10 right now.

  2. I'd love one too, and my main criteria is superfucking cheap. I need something I can keep in my purse for when the kids are being cute or I'm out somewhere drunk which happens far less often.

  3. I would eliminate the one that does not have image-stabilizing zoom. Other than that, they all seem pretty similar in terms of basic details.

    For what it's worth, all of my cameras/equipment are Canon too. I have never had issues with their products.

  4. I bought and then returned the SD780. I loved the size of it! The main reason I returned it the Cannon 450 I'm looking to replace takes better pictures. Like you, I want something that is small. I'm going to try the 960 or 970.

  5. SD1200: Slightly larger camera, not built quite as well. Less megapixels, slightly less zoom.

    SD970/940/960: Its all about how much zoom, how big a screen, and how small the camera is total with these three.

    The standout camera here is the 940. Beautiful design, very small, and excellent images for this class of camera. It'll do HD video clips as well and has a nice big screen.

    SD780: Kind of like a SD940 - but not as nice. A little larger, screen is a little smaller, little less zoom, no HD shooting. It is an okay camera, but that 940 is much better.

    Oh the joys of camera store employment...

  6. I don't have advice about specific cameras, but I always suggest people look at example of photos taken with different cameras on Flickr. It may turn out that you like the look of photos from one camera slightly more than another.