I finally broke down and got a decent point & shoot digital camera this last weekend. I’m sure some will be surprised that it took me this long.
I did have one before, but I hated it, so I never used it. In 4 years I shot a couple hundred pictures on it in total, maybe. Probably significantly less.
So this time I did a little bit more homework, and decided on the Canon PowerShot SD960 IS.
I got the pink one. Just kidding! They only had silver, and that was fine with me.
I ultimately picked it over other models because it’s small enough to fit in a pocket, has pretty good image quality (though no P&S comes even close to the quality of a DSLR), has a 4x optical zoom, and it does 720p HD video. It also has a really fast user interface, so I don’t have to wait for it to react to my button presses like some other cameras I played with. It still has some shutter lag (time between you press the button and when it actually takes the picture), but it’s better than most, and the only way to cure that problem is with, again, a DSLR. It’s also the first P&S from Canon with the widescreen LCD, which is nice, as I prefer wider images over the standard almost-square 4:3 aspect ratio that most cameras use.
So far I like it, though I haven’t really had much of a chance to use it just yet. I bought it for a concert I was going to go to on Saturday night, but I was late because of an accident on the freeway on the way, and they had stopped selling tickets before I finally arrived, so I missed it. D’oh. Oh well, I’ll find other occasions for it.