My current camera is a giant POS. Horrible JPEG compression even on highest settings, no customizable options, etc…
I’ll just be using it for trips/vacations, social gatherings, and the occasional “oh hey, that thing’s neat, let me get a picture of it!” type of photos.
I’ve done a little research, and from what I’ve read, an upper-level “advanced point&shoot” style camera, like a Canon PowerShot, seems like my best bet. A lot of professionals seem to like them for having good sensors, and a wide-array of user-selectable options, like exposure, ISO, and aperture. There’s even a third-party firmware you can load onto them to add more options.
But I’m at an impas…I really like a couple of different models. One is the SX230. It has a nice, big optical zoom, and not too expensive (that’s a link to a refurb version, but even a brand new one from Amazon is only $230.)
The other one catching my eye is the S95. This one takes better pictures, in theory (that’s really dependent on me,) but less of a zoom and a little bit more money.
Aside from a better aperture range, I don’t see right away what makes the S95 better. They have similar ISO and exposure options.
I’m leaning towards the SX230 because of the bigger zoom and lower price, so can someone tell me what makes the S95 worth the extra money?