The problem I had been trying to solve: I was missing the ability to:
- stop on a dime and take photos of the serendipitous beauty that I saw around me daily
- quickly take photos while on business travel without calling a lot of attention to myself or my camera
- take photos while running without growing an extra leg or arm.
My Lotus LG cell phone had performed valiantly (except in the rain and in the dark and at close range) but it just wasn't up to the task. The photos I wanted to take required focus and depth of field control. Most point and shoots don't have that whereas most professional cameras like my own Canon EOS 5D have their own set of downsides: not very portable, not quick to shoot with and definitely not discrete.
The search: I looked through cameras for something that gave me depth of field control (Aperture control) as well as manual focus. I found 3 bona fide suitors....or, rather contenders:
- PowerShot S3 IS
- Canon PowerShot G11
- Canon PowerShot S90
- night shooting mode and low light mode
- people face finder
- foliage special shooting mode
- an aquarium special shooting mode for goodness sake! and that's in addition to an underwater one
- a historical special shooting mode that makes your photos look old
- a color replacement mode in case you don't like the color of someone's shirt
I did read a review complaining about battery life but I have not had that problem. After constantly turning the camera on and off over a 2 to 4 hour period, I still have full bars. I will say I haven't used the flash much so that may be the difference that makes a difference.
I highly recommend the Canon S90. It's the pencil of cameras.