When I bought the Canon SX100 as my next digital camera a month ago, I knew it would be superseded some time this year. I just hoped the new model wouldn't be host to many must-have features. Last week FutureShop began stocking the SX100 (and this week parent BestBuy claims to have it as an "exclusive").
Casting an anxious eye over the specs, I am relieved:
- 12x optical zoom (28-336 mm equivalent) -- less zoom but more wide angle than the 10x zoom (36-360mm equiv) on the SX100.
- 12 megapixel -- worse than the 8 megapixels on mine, in my opinion (more pixels means more noise in photographs).
- high-definition video recording mode -- the primary feature in this new model, and the primary reason for the $110 price increase. But no biggie in my book. 720p is nice, but I'm content with 640x480.
But then came the deal killer, the reason I am glad I got the SX100 instead: the new model has a maximum aperture of f/3.4 -- significantly smaller than the f/2.8 on the older model. For someone like me who takes flash-less photographs, bigger apertures are crucial.