Pros Image stabilization !
Cons Wonder how long until the 8mp model comes out ?
Summary I have loved Canon cameras all my life both film and digital. Today I went out to Red Rock Canyon with the Powershot SD700 IS and with zero fuss took some of the best pictures I have ever taken before. The images were crisp and clear...probably with some help from the image stabilization. This camera truly makes you humble. I love the size...definitely small enough for your pants pocket or jacket. Plenty of priority modes for just about any occasion, and I really like the view finder for bright condtions when the LCD tends to be washed out by the sun. Very well built and feels solid in the hand thanks to its "compound curve" construction. When shopping I thought about the Canon Powershot S80 for the mega pixel advantage, however its somewhat "apples and oranges" when compared with the SD700 IS. If you want a camera thats small, unobtrusive, packed with advanced features and by the way...takes incredible pictures, there is only one choice: The SD700 IS.
Pros Longer Battery Life (which CNET didn't mention), 4x Zoom, Image Stabilization
Cons Viewfinder is in a Slightly Akward Location (but I never use it anyways)
Summary For our upcoming overseas honeymoon I was looking to replace a 2.0 megapixel PowerShot S200 with a new compact digital camera with a higher resolution and more features. The S200 has been a great camera and I felt that Canon had earned my repeat business, but I still spent a month researching all that was out there before making a decision.
Ultimately I decided on the SD700 IS for a few reasons; the familiar platform, it's compact size will let me carry it in my jeans pocket and avoid the "tourist look", the 6.0 megapixel resolution, the 4x optical zoom outdoes all of Canon's other compact digicams, the new rechargeable battery outlasts Canon's previous versions (an essential since we'll be in Europe for 2 weeks), and the image stabilization helps make sure the memories we capture are as clear as can be.
I bought the SD700 the day that it arrived at the local Circuit City and have been playing with it as much as possible. The picture quality is awesome, the various settings allow me to tweak things some, the video looks like it came from a video camera, it's easy to use, and I can attest to it having a very respectable battery life with how much I've been using it.
I'm usually one to be picky about cost, but the price was almost a non-issue when I considered the 3 main advantages that the SD700 IS has over the SD600 or SD630; 4x zoom, image stabilization, and longer battery life. Great job Canon!
Pros Size, Quality of picture and Video. Image Stabilizer
Cons The lens stays out to long when you are viewing pictures.
Summary I used to have the SD100 and loved it until it fell and broke. So I started do research and found this camera. When I heard about the image stabilizer I knew this was what I wanted. The only problem with my old one was the blurry pictures. So I bought this one as soon as it came out and have not looked back yet. The video comes out amazing. Looks like you are using a camcorder. All the pictures come out great however when you choose the right setting it's amazing. I have a new son and a crazy dog. I used to try and take pictures of my dog but he used to move to much. Now with the Image stabilizer the pictures of him jumping are great. Hated to spend this much money but so far it has definitely been worth it.
Pros Small, image stabalization, outstanding quality
Cons Some menu commands confusing
Summary This camera takes excellent photos that rival the quality of my digital SLR. I love the continuous shooting mode for action shots (I wish I didn't have to select this mode each time I power up the camera, however). The videos are great with excellent sound quality. Low light photos come out great, even without the flash. The LCD is bright and clear, even on a sunny day. I highly recommend this camera
Pros Finally true Optical Image Stabalization on an Elf as well as a 4X optical zoom!
Cons Apertrue and Shutter priority would have been nice but there are so many automatic modes all you really need to do is select an appropriate mode for your situation and you'll be right there!
Summary This clearly is the best diminutive little Elf camera yet. It has "true" OPTICAL Image Stabilization where the lens elements actually move to compensate for slight movement thus giving you a critical edge of up to 3 to 4 stops for lower light shooting. Unlike the fake and phony "anti-shake" system of the Casio Z850, which merely gives you an undesirable ISO bump, the Canon Optical Image Stabilization is a genuine system!
Yes, aperture/shutter priority would have been nice but since there are so many shooting modes you are bound to find a mode that well suits your shooting situation. Noise is quite low at ISO's 80 & 100 (where most people will want to be anyway). Naturally, it begins to rise at 200 and ISO's go all the way up to 800 now!
Speaking of aperture/shutter priority . . . the Casio Z850 only gives you two (2) choices of aperture . . . thus they can legally claim you have an aperture priority camera. But who's kidding who here? At least Canon didn't play that cheap game of fooling people.
The proof is in the final images. The stabilization eliminates those often blurry/fuzzy results we all used to get! Some have said their images are a tad soft, but trust me folks . . . just a few seconds of adjusting the settings properly and your images will be very sharp! Purple fringing is very low. Some slight distortions at the lens extremes just like any other small camera (no biggie there). The video modes are great with none of the major video distortions plaguing the Casio Z850 right now.
The new improved "MY Colors" feature set now allows you to experiment with those options both before and now AFTER you have taken the shot! So you can now select those looks without loosing the original image! This is a new improved feature. The LCD gains up nicely and can be seen in most situations. Just in case there's a small but true optical viewfinder. Rare on cameras of this size. This camera is a tad pricey but it is absolutely the best of the little cameras to date folks and you definitely get what you pay for with this one!
Finally, you can't take a picture unless you have a camera. Having a true little shirt pocket fine camera like this with you all the time enables you to capture images that would otherwise be missed because of a larger camera sitting at home in a drawer or closet. Think about that folks!