I think for the price that is one of the better cameras out there.........started looking a 2-3 months ago at getting a new camera. Did quite a bit of research and read many reviews, and came real close to buying the SX130. I really like the 12X optical zoom and other features it has that I like on my others Canons like optical image stabilizition, plus price seemed very reasonable. Only reason I didn't buy that model, is that I decided I wanted something more compact this time.
Originally Posted by gravedigger
Currently I have two digital Canons, they are both well made and both take really nice pictures. My oldest one is a S2IS, 5MP w/10X optical zoom. When my previous Pentax broke (an old WR90 film) , I bought it to be my primary camera and ended up packing it along on all my outdoor adventures. It's still a very nice camera (other than it's tiny 1.8" LCD display sucks in bright sun light), but a bit big for hauling around outdoors.
Wanting something smaller I got the A590 in '08 and it has accompanied me through all my hunting trips and strapped to the handlebars on dirt bike trail rides....... It has held up well to 3yrs of outdoor/offroad abuse, but it's 4X zoom just isn't enough at times, I've cracked the battery door in rocks and soon after the AA battery life started getting very poor.
Ended up getting the new Canon ELPH 310 HS last week (or will.....guess the wife decided Santa will bring it for xmas )
At 8X (28-224mm), it doesn't have quite the optical range of the SX130 (28-336mm) or zoom on my old S2IS (36-432mm) that I like so much, but it's an actual 60% greater than my A590 (35-140mm) and I like the compact size.
Also not real keen on the rechargeable battery.....AA batteries like in the SX130 and my others are so easy to change in the field and can find in most any back country store if needed......but I'll get a spare and adapt.
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