Pros Sharp photos. Nice features.
Cons A little slow on the "shoot" button
Summary I recently purchased a SD850 and then sold to get the SD950. Having had both in my possession, I do not see a tremendous difference between a 12MP & 8MP photo. I do notice the photos with SD950 are a tad bit sharper. Other than that, the features are pretty much the same. I do admit, the CNET review regarding the lag is true. The SD850 is a little more response on the "shoot" than the SD950. There is just a bit more lag on SD950. I guess I notice it more b/c I shoot my children and when you try to get THE SHOT...that fraction of a second does make a difference. If you are looking at the SD950 v SD850...I'll say the performance and features are pretty much equal with the exception of the lag. The SD850 does comes with creative light effect which the SD950 does not (if you care). Again...the SD950 photos are a tad bit sharper. So depending on your budget, wants and needs. I don't think you can go wrong with either camera.Updated
Just a little note. I posted my review yesterday and received a Sandisk Extreme III SD card. It pretty much did away with the lag of the SD950 that I spoke of in my review. For $30-40 dollars...I highly recommend picking up a better memory card (I used 2GB). Continuous shooting was double the speed than my 1GB regular Sandisk Memory.
Just thought I'd add that little update.
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Pros Outstanding images; nice size; solid build/feel; size on menu items on LCD
Cons Proprietary battery; buttons a little small for my big fingers
Summary I got this camera about a week ago (good price at Newegg.com) and am very please so far. My first digital was an Olympus (nice, and expensive back in the early days), then a Fuji (VERY GOOD quality photos, but not a good viewfinder). Over the past few years I've been using a Canon Powershot A95 and a Canon EOS Rebel XT -- both very nice. I've been very impressed with the quality of images from Canon cameras, and the SD950 continues that trend.
Primary pros for me are the size, quality of images, short lag time for the first shot, and rapid time for multiple shots. All very good. High quality LCD screen is very nice. A really nice function is that you can have the selections (such as flash on/off, macro, shot selection (single, multiple, timer) etc show up in a large display on the LCD. So many times it was a challenge to know if I had turned the flash on or off -- no issue with this camera.
I like the 12 megapixels as it allows me to shoot at Large/superfine and have plenty of bits for cropped as I desire. Combined with the 4x zoom, very nice. I also like the use of an SD card as they are becoming the standard -- and very reasonably priced for lots of good storage.
I chose a high-speed (Sandisc Extreme III) SD card for this camera. The card really does make a difference in the speed of the camera for taking multiple shots. The faster cards write the data much faster, thus allowing for faster repeat shots!
I am very pleased with this camera. I miss the flip/rotatable screen from my A95, but I'm adjusting to this one very quickly.
I highly-recommend this camera.
Pros Image quality, build, features, made by Canon
Cons not sure I found them yet
Summary Just got mine from Circuit City.
I think it's a great P&S with incredible IQ. I undertsand it has the same sensor as the G9.
Here are some test shots right out of the camera. No post processing, etc.
I think Canon has a winner on it's hands!
Pros High Resolution and Quality Finish
Cons Expensive and a bit heavy
Summary My shots usually do not require quick repeats. If needed, I can speed up things by reducing the resolution to that of other compact cameras max resolutions. The higher resolution is great for cropping photos especially to increase max zoom levels.
Pros Everything is like they say you pay for what you get!
Cons I have not seen any as of yet!
Summary I am a founder of a paranormal group on the shoreline in Connecticut. This camera really works for me. It hasn't let me down yet. The battery stays a long time even snapping over 100 pictures! It is a good digital camera. It may cost more that some of the others but like I always say, You pay for what you get. So for what I paid the camera has given me more than what I expected of it.