Digital Camera Dilemma

Tuesday, January 6th, 2004 @ 6:47 pm | Gadgets

I had it all figured out. I was going to buy a Canon S50. My parents have the S45 and it’s a nice camera to use. The S50 has gotten good reviews. I’d done the research. I was content with my decision.

Then I made the mistake of telling some of my coworkers about my idea during lunch. Something along the lines of “I rather have something more pocketable” was said.

Then I went out to dinner with a friend who was home from grad school. While we were waiting for our food, he pulled out his brand new bronze Canon SD10 Digital ELPH. It’s so tiny. And shiny.

Now I’m back to being confused. Do I want the larger, higher megapixel, more capable S50 or do I want something smaller? I like the looks of the SD10, but I’m put off by it’s lack of any optical zoom. However, I’m now trying to get my hands on Canon S400 Digital ELPH to see how it feels. The S400 has also been very well received.

Normally, I might just wait it out a bit because Canon is planning to roll out almost 20 new cameras in 2004 and I’m sure that batch will include a compact 5 megapixel camera that does basically everything I want. The catch is I’m going to Arizona with some friends at the end of the month and I really want a digital camera for the trip.

Anybody out there have any thoughts on my dilemma? I’d be interested in hearing some other folks’ take on this issue, either from the standpoint of bigger camera versus pocket camera or specifically S50 versus S400.

6 Responses to “Digital Camera Dilemma”

  1. Michael Tsai Says:

    I just replaced my S300 with an S400, and I love it. It’s right on the border of being too small to easily hold steady.

    I ruled out the SD10 because it didn’t have an optical zoom, and the S50 because it was significantly larger and heavier than the S400. (I compared them at Best Buy.) Also, some reviews I read indicated that the S400 took better pictures than the S50, even though it had the lower resolution.

  2. Benjy Says:

    Ah, I’m in a very similar situation: I want a small camera to take snowboarding, to take videos. I’ve used a friend’s S230 for this task in the past, and it works great…

    But I want the S400’s 3x optical zoom, but it only takes movies at 320×240. So there’s the S230 or the SD100, both of which take movies at 640×480, but they both each only have 2x optical zoom.

    Hopefully canon releases an Elph with 640×480 recording with 3x optical zoom before snowboarding season ends… Alternatively, I’m on the verge of buying an SD100 and selling it as soon as something more closely meeting my needs comes out.

  3. Eric Blair Says:


    With 20 cameras coming out, you know something better will be out as soon as your check clears.

    According to FedEx, my camera is due in on Thursday… which means there’ll be something better on Friday.

    Ah well. At least I got through the post CES reports without seeing anything that made me scream “THAT’S what I want!”

  4. Darren Rowse Says:

    did you know that canon have just announced 3 more ELPHs? One is a 5Megapixel 3x optical zoom – might be the camera you’re looking for?

    That is an entry I did last week on the latest cameras being release…all Canons latest are listed there….

  5. David DiGregorio Says:

    This thread was made for me…smae dillema…but I opted for the sd100..i like the smaller size and better movie mode…3x zoom is nice but don’t know if I really need it in a snpashot caera…oh well, if something better comes along we can alwasy sell it to someone less knowledgeble…..

  6. David DiGregorio Says:

    next time I’ll check my spelling….sorry