I am living in Germany for 8 months and travelling on my holidays (using stat holidays and the 15 paid holidays I get from work). At the moment I have a Canon A70 which is alright.
I would like to get a new camera. Lately I have been interested in the Canon S2/S3, but I am not sure if it will be too big. I do like to take pictures when I travel, but also enjoy partying in the cities too. When I travel I often stay in youth hostels and carry a 32L travel pack. The nice thing with this camera is the 12x optical zoom, and full manual controls.
The other option is going for a camera like the Canon SD700 (Ixus 800).
Anyone made a similiar decision recently? Any input.
In my humble opinion, I don't think that the S2/S3 is large. Well, somehow it may be but to me the size is still all right. I think the S2/S3 would be a good pick. And remember, you may need the 12x optical zoom.
However, a compact digital camera would be a good choice as well but think of it as a long term investment and plus the pros and cons between both cameras.
That is what I have in mind.
[ Edit: Edited at Jul 4, 2006 7:27 AM by Kyels ]
Thanks for your reply. I went and looked at the S3 again over the weekend. I agree with you. It isn't too big. I am very much an amateur, so going to a dSLR would be too much for me, but a prosumer would be perfect and the next stepping stone. I think I may purchase a SD700 at some point for my go-everywhere camera. The reason I would get it after the S3 is that it doesn't have manual controls and I wouldn't be learning so much about photography as if I got the S3.
Thanks for your input.
[ Edit: Edited at Jul 5, 2006 1:32 AM by fillalph ]
I'd say start off with a prosumer first or rather a compact camera before stepping into the realm of dSLR. And believe me there are just so many things that you'd want to buy once you are in the dSLR world and it is pretty impossible to carry many lenses while travelling as it will make your backpack heavier than it should be. But then again I think the S3 would be a good choice.
Just sharing. And nice to meet you!