It seems expensive for a "pocketable" camera, however I think it is the best choice (price vs quality) for underwater photography. The housing is 400$, that is a total of 1200$. An Ikelite housing for a large sensor camera is 1500$, at least.
DPR should change the voting system for prize challenges, at least.
If the voters will be forced to leave a comment to argue their vote, maybe the results will be less outrageous.
P.S. It has nothing to do with the above picture; I did not participate in the contest and I did not vote.
A picture that clearly "deserves" a few one-star votes.
1 star votes?! Why?! DPR should ban prize challenges; or, at least, ban contestants’ votes.
You have, certainly, deserved a much better place.
fillkay: Really interesting camera but what a scandalous price! For our US cousins, the dollar equivalent in the UK is $692!! Even without VAT it works out at $577 - 34% more. How can this be justified? Even Europe is expensive at $619, or $515 less a notional 20% tax. How come we supply all the profit for Canon?
And you cannot buy Canon cameras from US, without any risks, for the warranty will not be valid in Europe.
fdu: SX230 reminded me why I hate so much proprietary batteries.
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Why I like standard batteries:- 400+ shots and clips.- Short charging time (with proper charger).- You can use alkaline batteries in emergencies.- They are standard; therefore you have a chance to find them even in the heart of Africa.- They tend to be more powerful (twice as powerful, often).- They are cheap.
Regarding the size. SX230 and S95 are already too small for my taste. I miss a proper grip. I will never slip another camera into my pockets after I had a bitter experience with the lint generated by my pocket and lens seals.
However, I would happily exchange the SX230 with S100; for its larger aperture and sensor, mainly. :)
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Maybe I am not part o a representative statistic sample: I am using SX230 underwater. I cannot be happy with ~150 pictures and some clips per full charge. You can easily miss unique moments.I have two 16GB cards and I regret to say it is a waste of money. An 8GB card will suffice for the battery is not enough for a 16GB card.Also, the power management system seems to be unreliable: the battery indicator is sometimes blinking long before the end of charge, and sometimes, after power-off/on, it shows full charge (for a long period), like you have just inserted a fresh battery. If Canon is using the same power system for S100 then some (many?) customers (the ones that use it with GPS, full HD, UW) will be disappointed.
SX230 reminded me why I hate so much proprietary batteries.
I had a similar observation some time ago. No action was taken.