IFlyATA From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 238 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2526 times:
I'm looking into purchasing the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS for spotting, and after a search of the forums it looks like there is only one post about it and it mentions it briefly. Does anyone have this camera and if so what are you thoughts on it? I'm looking for a camera around the price range of $250 so this fits nicely into my budget.
TRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 10 Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
I don't have it, but have used it for a few days. Better than many of the usual P&S.
battery (only 2 AA) doesn't last long (if you use flash it'll die fast)
vignetting at tele end
very akward to hold the camera
a bit grainy
Apart from that for that money it's a good camera and the IS also works well.
Vaporlock From Canada, joined May 2001, 3645 posts, RR: 57 Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2514 times:
I don't have the PowerShot SX100 but I do have the PowerShot S5 and I love it.
It find it easy to use/handle and the LCD rotates making it great for getting shots over fences etc. I feel the overall performance is great. I have pasted the comparison stats below but I'm sure you've already compared them. For the extra money, if I were you, I'd go for the S5 - it has come way down in price. It takes 4 AA batteries and they usually last me for 2 days of shooting (approx 600 pics) which I think is great.
Canon S5 Features
Finally we have the update everyone had expected at PMA, the new PowerShot S5 IS digital camera. The S5 IS features an eight megapixel 1/2.5" (5.8 x 4.3 mm) CCD sensor and a twelve times Image Stabilized zoom lens. Unfortunately this lens, while offering long reach with its maximum 432 mm equiv. FOV doesn't improve at the wide end with the same 36 mm equiv. FOV as the S3 IS. Improvements include Face Detection (for AF, AE and Flash in shooting mode and red-eye removal in playback), a 2.5" LCD monitor (up on the S3 IS) and a flash hot-shoe. Still no RAW support though.
12x optical zoom lens with Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and UD lens
Optical Image Stabilizer
8.0 Megapixel CCD
DIGIC III with advanced Noise Reduction technology and Face Detection for stills and movies
Red-Eye Correction in playback
2.5” high-resolution vari-angle LCD
Long-play VGA movies with stereo sound and Photo in Movie
22 shooting modes including full manual control and 0cm Super Macro
High ISO 1600 and Auto ISO Shift
Compatible with Wide/Tele/Close-up converter lenses and Canon EX Speedlite flashes
10x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer (36-360mm equiv.)
Comprehensive range of photographic controls with P, Av, Tv and M modes
DIGIC III imaging processor
Digital Tele-Converter and Safety Zoom
2.5” LCD with 100% coverage
19 shooting modes
UltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2032 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2497 times:
It's a great camera for spotting except for the the few things TRVYYZ mentioned, plus the photo editor that is included isn't the greatest. So it's worth getting something like Photoshop or some other editor. But other than that, it works great. Good luck!
ZootSuit From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 10 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2426 times:
I'm not a big fan of the SX100 mainly because it has no optical viewfinder. The only way to see what you are shooting is to look at the large LCD screen on the back. This will be a problem when spotting because if you have the sun behind you, you will have glare on the screen.
I have the S5 IS like Vaporlock and also love it! While it technically doesn't have an optical viewfinder (it is a small LCD screen that you see using the eyecup, just like an optical viewfinder), it works great when shooting in the sun because you can follow the subject easily. If you can afford the S5, I would say to go for it. It does require more batteries, but I took over 500 pictures at an airshow before changing them (some with flash, some without). It is great to hold and many other great features. You won't be able to take it everywhere since it isn't pocket sized, but if you are spotting, you generally don't want pocket sized anyway, do you?
IFlyATA From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 238 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2386 times:
Thanks for the input guys!
I decided to take your advice and go with the S5. I figure if I'm going to drop several hundred dollars on a camera, I might as well make it a good one that I am not going to regret purchasing. So far I haven't taken any pictures with it yet but have been playing around with the features, etc, and am really excited to head to the airport this afternoon for my first spotting time with it
I'll post some shots on returning! Thanks again for all your help!