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what I want for Christmas, a point and shoot camera

Canon S90 point and shoot camera

I keep seeing recommendations for the Canon S90 point and shoot camera. And, as luck would have it, I’ll be headed to Paris in a few months (yay!!!) and could use a camera with remarkable picture quality that takes up a lot less space than my DSLR. It shoots well in low light, it shoots in RAW, it has controls a DSLR user will appreciate, it makes me drool a bit.

Panasonic Lumix LX3

But then, somewhere in my research of the Canon S90 I came across a mention of this Panasonic Lumix LX3. It’s cool looking, sports a Leica lens and HD video recording.

Canon G11 camera

And then I came across the Canon G11, which has an articulating display screen. It also shoots in RAW and has the same low light performance as the S90. I used to have a Canon with one of these flippy, rotate-y screens which I loved until the day it refused to take pictures anymore.

I’ve already worked my way through the Stages Of Justification and decided I need one of these but I just cannot decide. Which one? Which?

(Earlier this year Scott and I bought a teeny tiny Nikon point and shoot the day before we went to Vegas. It was inexpensive and lightweight and fit in my wedding purse and took pictures that were just fine in the Vegas sun. However it’s really not good in the Seattle winter. Lesson re-learned, you get what you pay for.)

· comments [53] · 12-9-2009 · categories:shopping ·

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  • 1 Rachel // Dec 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    My husband is a photographer – has his own Canon 5D….after doing much research he bought me the Lumix. The video feature is AMAZING! and the pictures are good too.

  • 2 Jason // Dec 18, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I am in the same predicament. I shoot mostly with a big heavy DSLR and want something to carry around at all times, that is good in low light. I initially bought the G11 but found it too bulky. So I returned it and am going for the S90 now. It has the same sensor and a slightly faster lens which should make it great for when you don’t want to use flash.

  • 3 Doug // Dec 20, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    If you already own a DSLR, and have a few lenses to go with it, you should look into a Four Thirds camera. There are only a few on the market, but they’re produced by the most respectable brands.

    Four Thirds cameras are slightly larger than a typical P&S, have a larger sensor than a P&S, and take pictures on-par with a DSLR. The real winner feature, in my mind, is they have interchangeable lenses. For a good starting point, check out the article at

    Also a few other reviews of the cameras you mentioned in your post:–pro-point+and+shoot-yes-pleeeeease

    Good luck with your search!

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