"Great small camera for near SLR work."4.0 starson by wrobart
Pros: Love the picture quality especially in low light. Like the fact that there's still a viewfinder because when it disappears I'll be forced to lug an SLR around and that be a chore I'd prefer to avoid.
Cons: It's slightly larger than my old Canon S70 so it's not as easy to stuff in a pocket. Won't fit in pants pocket but will fit in jacket pockets.
Summary: Have used the camera for numerous indoor construction pics with out the flash and the results are excellent. Haven't used the camera outdoors much due to lousy weather in the NYC area this year. Battery life is more than adequate for me but I rarely take more than 200 pics per day. Use 4 gig 30MB/S Extreme chips and the download speed is fabulous. Picture to picture speed is more than fast enough fo my use as I rarely take pics in rapid succession. Power up speed is fine too. There's a slight delay when zooming but hasn't spoiled any opportunities yet. Love the function dials as it reduces the need to scroll thru menu's. The menus are very similar to the old S70 so my learning curve has been short. Used a friends Nikon and the different menu organization made using it very difficult. I'd need to spend lots of time in the manual to learn their organization.
Also looked at the S95 but lack of a viewfinder was a turn off for me.