Over the holidays, the SLR was in great demand for the family portrait work, and I pulled it out periodically for some “street-style” photography. I found myself instead getting out my 4 year old P&S camera, which is very long in the tooth to say the least. So, I’ve decided that it’s time to retire the one and venture into new territory. I am currently waffling between three cameras:
The G12 is a compelling camera. The features I am liking are the LCD resolution, the f2.8 on the lens, and the manual controls over the exposure triangle (shutter, aperture and ISO). It helps that I can also shoot in RAW which would fit my existing work flow. The biggest cons for me are the proprietary battery, the MP count (I’d rather have 8 than 10 for this size sensor – makes for better noise handling in my opinion), and the price tag. (Really? $500 for a P&S Canon? I can get an entry level SLR for that price…take it down $100 and you’d have a lot more buyers!)
The Powershot SX130 IS is equally compelling. With the larger 3″ LCD, acceptance of regular AA batteries, and manual controls, it’s tempting to go with this option. The problem is that the Megapixel count is so high. I wasn’t thrilled with the 10MP count above, so 12 here makes me very nervous. After all, let’s face it that Canon’s handling of noise is not at the standard of the Nikonian crowd. Here it’s also not the budget-buster that the G12 is either – a very enticing element to consider.
The Powershot SX 120 IS is no slouch either. Saving a little more coin is always a good thing (it retails $20 cheaper), and is back down to 10MP for the sensor. The problem here? Saving $20 also compromises the ability to control things manually. Frame rate is also noticeably slower too. That’s a lot to lose to save a few pennies. I likely will not go this route as it’s just too much being sacrificed for a minimal short term savings.
So, it’s really between the G12 and the PowerShot SX130 IS. I think I am leaning toward the latter simply because I am not going to sacrifice as much in functionality. Still have to check out some reviews and DXOMark ratings though. A final answer should be forthcoming soon, but that is the upshot of where the Christmas Cash is gonna ching! Of course, new gear is always coming out and Spring time is no exception. That will lower the cost of entry on these current generations considerably, so I might hold off for a month – see what happens in the market to these three!
Some, of course, will ask why I didn’t consider the new SX30 or the A12000. Truth be told, in Canon’s line-up, the A series is a notch below the SX series for a reason…it’s just as beefy! As for the SX30, I read several reviews on it and the noise level at even ISO 400 seems high to what people were expecting. I’m just not willing to throw money at a P&S for no reason other than “because it’s new”.
Let’s turn the perspective outward…anyone out there get any Yuletide Yen they’ll be using for new gear items? What are you getting and why?