I await the opinions of the gods. Which camera/camcorder is best for my European trip in September:
Seeking point/click cam w/ video 200-400$? need for 3 wk EUROPE trip. portable, sdhc. mainly vids during trip, but photos after. Ideas?
Canon PowerShot G9 12.1MP $449, Canon SD 750 $149 Kodak Easyshare V1253 12MP $180, Canon FS100 $319, Canon SD750 $180,Canon PowerShot SD870IS 8MP $249.
Others: Kodak Easyshare V1253 12MP $180, Aiptek A-HD+ 1080P $153,Casio Exilim EX-Z80 8MP $150 Not Flip!
Concerns: How to recharge in Europe, main use will be for snapshots, not vid. Will it fit in pocket? must bring only one camera.
After my trip, I will use this device mainly to take photos, but it would be nice to have some advanced video capabilities.
More information. I have a Sony HDV-HC1 (a $1500 HDV camcorder ) at home.
I expect to spend $100 for extras (Europe battery charger, extra SDHC, etc).
Update: I wrote more info in the comments. Cameralabs has good reviews and camera recommendations and dpreview is good (but in the forums you need to view in Flat mode). Looks like the Panasonic TZ5 is also a contender (at $299, it’s $100 cheaper too). Also the Canon PowerShot S5 IS also at $300 supposedly has superior audio+ video capability (though not in HD).
Update #2: I visited Frey’s Electronics and tried a few cameras. First, The S5 is bulky and out. The G9 is probably big too, although I haven’t ruled it out altogether. Form factor, the Canon SD750 was incredible, and there are lots of subcompact cameras by Sony which I didn’t even know about until visiting the store.
Update #3. The Panasonic TZ5 was the winner by a longshot. And I am very happy with its performance.