After my Canon S1is suffered from the sensor problem, I bought a Canon SX100 is as a stop gap. It had the 10x zoom, etc I need. But I continued to keep an eye on a more capable one, especially with movable LCD screen.
A month ago, I made my decision: I bought a reconditioned S1is for $85 -- my third one. It has more features than the SX100is, yet is compatible with add-ons I've bought since I acquired my first S1is in 2004.
I discarded the SX100is (my daughter will take it over) after I found the following flaws in it:
- Photostitch mode works only horizontally; it lacks vertical and 2x2 stitch assistance. There is no reason to eliminate the other modes, except for Canon to make this lower-cost camera ($300!) less desirable.
- No zoom during movie mode. Here Canon boasts about the high-power Digit generation-whatever processor, and they disable optical zoom for this camera! (Digital zoom is available, but it creates quite an ugly image when dealing with 640x480 movie images.)
So two features I use a lot are handicapped by Canon. Instead of buying a new $450 camera from them, I sent my $85 to an online camera store.
PS: I conacted Canon Canada about the failed sensor, but after a month they have failed to respond. Canon claims to provide free repairs of these units.