help canon S70 or S80, $80 difference only but...

Started Nov 11, 2005 | Discussions thread
victorw
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a fly in the ointment; Ricoh GR ?; canon S70 or S80,...; neither ?
In reply to DVSteve, Nov 12, 2005

Hope i won't be accused of treason but i 've been looking at and thinking about P&S, for about 3 months now...

narrowed it down to A620 ( but my wife has a an A80 - vaguely similar )
still a bit bulky ( i have a 10D + lenses already )
macro down to 1 cm !! - but haven't seen a
review which tests this properly

ixus 550/750 almost no manual control , BUT carry anywhere and
FAST at least the two i've tried

s70/ s80 - more expensive haven't seen them until other day and was
impressed with how much smaller they are than the S40
read mixed reviews especially of higher iso noise problems
Still a bit "bricky " to fit nicely in a pocket;

i ride a bike so want something a lot smaller than my 10 D, that i can carry around in a frame bag

; i still own a mighty MInox 35 GL , so you may know where i'm coming from; i've had numerous exhibition photos from that camera - it's dead after 25 years of service RIP...

not sure if i was any closer to deciding, then a couple of hours ago went to my local camera shop , and the sales person excitedly points me in the direction of a newly arrived Ricoh GR digital;

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Ricoh/ricoh_grdigital.asp

http://cgi.ebay.com/RICOH-GR-DIGITAL-Wide-Conversion-Lens-kit-IN-STOCK_W0QQitemZ7561391453QQcategoryZ64323QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

this amazing fixed fl (28mm) 8 MP camera;
similar size as ix 750 - it's 17mm longer but 2mm less ! in thickness;
+ takes ext flash
+ 21mm lens - tried it - amazing ( all optics by voigtlander)
+ 200g
+raw or tiff or jpeg
+ add on viewfinder ( lik\e an old rangefinder )- the brightest i've seen + 100%
coverage
+ iso to 1600 ! - no easily observed noise at 400 iso
+ hot shoe flash as well as pop up , DPREVIEW is wrong on this one

+ 2 separate dials to change aperture and shutter - like an slr plus a lot of other buttons
+ new add on lenses coming out
+ macro to 2cm
+ if battery runs out it takes AAA !!

it reminded me of a mini leica in looks and handling it felt and performed very well.

the salesperson took a very detailed photo of me which on blowing up revealed every white hair in my beard + face wrinkle... scary but impressive

SO canon lovers ; any one KNOW about these, on the surface at least , amazing cameras ?
(this question comes from a very commited canon user !)

PS; i already realise that it has a No. of negative features ie. no zoom... so please no one stating the obvious

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