I’ve been drooling over the Canon S2 IS for a while – 12x optical zoom (!), great photo features, record 640x480x30fps, etc. All for under $500. A few of my friends, (Chris Pirillo, etc.) have this camera and extol its features regularly. Image stabilization, especially, would be welcome (which you already know, if you see how blurry some of the shots out of my little Nikon 5600 are).
In fact, the only reason I don’t already have one is the size – it’s not quite as big as a DSLR, but not pocketable, either. Even in my big cargo pants pocket.
Today, Canon announced the successor to the S2 IS – the S3 IS:
A bump to 6MP (from 5), a bigger LCD, nice black gunmetal finish, and the ability to record video at 60fps. Incremental updates, to be sure, but they kept the 12x optical zoom and the $499 price tag.
If they had added wireless, I’d be a goner for sure. That, and the fact that it won’t be out until May may cool off my feelings for it, assuming something better comes along between now and then.
The worst part is that it’s not really in the same league as the other camera that I’m currently drooling over, the Nikon S6. That makes me want both of them, rather than “either-or”. And that’s much harder for afford, or justify into the gadget budget.
Still, if I ever do go for a nicer “full size” camera, it will likely be this one.