Re: compact digital camera?
on 02-26-2008 11:49 PM
I've been through a TON of these pocket compacts, and I think the Canon SD series have the best image quality, I currently own 2 of them.
In fact, I think the newer Canon compacts don't quite have the same image quality as they did a few years back, but it just depends on how picky you are. I've upgraded and returned them in favor of the older ones. The best compact camera Canon ever made IMO was the SD500 and the SD550 (larger lcd),awesome image quality. The SD 400/450 were pretty good too.
Newer versions added image stabilization, and a few more megapixels, but they suffered a bit in image quality, more noise, and slightly grainier images. See if you can find a SD 500/550 on ebay. I like Canon's entire line, though, I also use a 40D with a 50mm prime lens, and I wouldn't hesitate to use it for textures even viewed at 100%.
I always test a new camera by taking a picture of my dog, then viewing it at 100%. With the Canons, I can still see individual hairs distinctly. I've tried compacts from Fuji, Olympus, and Casio, and when viewed at full res, the hair turns into clumps of pixels.