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The Canon 'Powershot SX100' is an excellent little camera. I say 'little', but it's actually not as small as many of the uber-tiny compacts which are all-the-rage nowadays.
However, the slightly larger size (it will still just about squeeze into a pocket) can be forgiven, as this model features a 10x optical zoom.
Fitting this technology into a shell this small wouldn't have been possible a few years back, and as such, i'm suitably impressed.
I sold this camera to replace it with the Panasonic Lumix TZ5 - and I have to say that I wish I hadn't. The Canon is superior in almost all aspects. Firstly, the image quality is much better with significantly less noise at all i.s.o ranges, and secondly, the whole user interface is cleaner and much easier to use.
The only noticeable benefit the TZ5 had over this model was it's all metal body, which felt incredibly sturdy. Whilst the SX100 is mostly plastic, it does actually feel well made - although not to the same extent.
The camera has 8 megapixels and a 2.5 inch screen.
Other features of note include an image stabilisation device, and a sensitivity range of up to i.s.o 1600 which makes nightime shots without the flash a little easier.
The batteries this model uses are the 'AA' variety - I would recommend purchasing some high capacity Ni-mH rechargeables, which will provide around 250 shots per charge.
On the downside, the flash does take a long time to recycle. This didn't really bother me as it don't use it much anyway. However, if you're a frequent party-goer, then this factor may be an issue.
Costing £258 from Amazon, and available much cheaper on ebay, I would really recommend this versatile shooter - the image quality will not let you down.
I bought this camera as I wanted a compact with a powerful zoom, although this isn't as small as other cameras its still easy to put in my bag or even my pocket at a push but has the powerful zoom I wanted.
Pictures come out in a great quality even when the zoom is being used at maximum, and the macro mode produces excellent results. There is lots of different scene modes for ease of use when taking pictures e.g. sports, children, pets and even a mode specifically for aquariums which does produce quite good pictures without the need for the flash.
The only downside to this camera is that it takes AA batteries rather than being provided with a rechargable lithium battery and so doesn't last as long, however I found with a powerful set of rechargable batteries I still get a whole days worth of shooting out of the camera quite easily.
Overall I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone, Canon cameras are always ace quality and this camera definitely doesn't disappoint!